7 Reasons I like critical theory for Indigenous studies

As a free-range scholar & educator, I tend to go off course a bit occasionally (well – maybe more than occasionally). I’ve recently re-discovered critical theory when preparing a guest lecture for QCA1213 Indigenous Art, Protocols and Practices unit at Queensland College of Art – Griffith University.

7 Reasons to Like Critical Theory

  1. It challenges accepted truths & norms, it asks you to dig beneath the surface
  2. It critiques privilege & power, especially hidden power (like that which is racialised & gendered)
  3. At its core is the concept of liberation & democratisation
  4. It assumes that there are no single truths and no absolutes
  5. Critical theory asks/demands that you become aware of yourself as knower/viewer
  6. Encourages you to get into action – don’t just sit & watch the world – seek change & transformation – it gives you a framework to “be in the world
  7. It can form a framework for your practice regardless of what your field is – art, education, research, mathematics, science

If you’d like to know more, check out these writers (in alphabetical order NOT importance)*

  • Sara Ahmed
  • Richard Cary
  • Marylin Frankenstein
  • Paola Freire
  • Henry Giroux
  • Ghassan Hage
  • bell hooks
  • Martin Nakata
  • Karen Martin
  • Aileen Moreton-Robinson
  • proppaNOW
  • Edward Said

* These are the author’s I’ve read – have you got anymore you could share? We’d love to here from you & also examples of educators using critical theory in the classroom.

Find Talkin’ Up to the White Woman and other Indigenous Studies and indigenous Education Resources at the Critical Classroom Amazon Store.