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Anthropology Colloquium: Sofia Villenas

Friday, March 12, 2021 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm

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Title: Pedagogy and the Imaginary in Everyday Social Movement: Notes on Ithaca, NY

Abstract: In this talk, Villenas explores the idea of “everyday social movement” as collectives’ ongoing and intentional educative work of creating spaces, conditions and imaginaries for social change. These sites of public pedagogy included workshops, forums, protests, radio, all-community book reads, film viewings, festivals, mural art, and cultural programming.

Sofia Villenas is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Cornell University. She studies education in family and community life from the lens of critical race and Latina/x feminist studies. Her earlier research focused on how Latina mothers navigated parenting and their children's schooling as they worked to create a sense of community and belonging in the changing racial/ethnic landscape of North Carolina. Her current writing projects are based on an ethnographic study in Ithaca, New York, where she explored the pedagogical force and imaginative quality of everyday social movement - specifically the ongoing and everyday forms of teaching and learning justice in community forums, festivals, workshops, celebrations, protests and other sites of public pedagogy. She also considers Latinx cultural programming as critical sites of adult and cross-generational learning. Having previously worked in schools and colleges of education preparing prospective teachers, her scholarship has also addressed Latina/o K-12 education and higher education, including teacher education. Villenas is co-editor of Latina/Chicana Education in Everyday Life: Feminista Perspectives on Pedagogy and EpistemologyRace is . . . Race isn’t: Qualitative Studies in Education, and the Handbook of Latinos and Education: Research, Theory and Practice. Her publications appear in such journals as Harvard Educational ReviewQSE: International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, and Anthropology and Education Quarterly, among others. 





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