LGBTQ Families Speak Out team member Kate Reid did an excellent job of presenting findings from her doctoral thesis study in a presentation called A Queer Folk Song Pedagogy. Kate's study documented the use queer folk song pedagogy was used to conduct gender and sexuality education with 13 students, ages 16-20 years old, and a long-time equity teacher in an alternative secondary school classroom in Ontario. Kate's research makes a case for listening as an important pedagogical strategy in classrooms, and a queer folk song pedagogy as an example of queer caring that has the potential to move students towards alternate possibilities for learning, relating, and living. Congratulations Kate!
Other excellent presentations given at the panel were from:
Patrick Tomczyk at the University of Alberta who presented a paper called Ethnodrama Inqueery. The paper discussed Patrick's community-based, research-based theatre performance focused on lived experiences of queer youth, performed by youth.
Casey Burkholder and Allen Chase from the University of New Brunswick who presented on their work of queering social studies in New Brunswick. Casey's participatory visual research with queer young people worked to answer the research question: Where are the queer folks in NB Social Studies? Audience members were treated to an example of Casey's cellphilm method, a new exciting arts-based research method that was very popular with the youth Casey worked with.
QSEC paper panels continue today June 1, 2021 to Thursday June 3. For further information go to www.qsec.ca
QSEC also hosted a moving feature talk, yesterday, by colleague Dr. Andrew Campbell from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and the University of Western Ontario.
Andrew spoke on challenging anti-Black racism by engaging deeply in three activities:
- Cultivating awareness of yourself in relation to the power and privilege you hold to challenge anti-Black racism
- Developing relationships with BIPOC colleagues and students
- Using the tools you have within your position of power and privilege to challenge anti-Black racism.
To hear Andrew talk about his own research on the representation of queer people in the Jamaican media see Season Three, Episode 3 of Tara Goldstein's podcast Gender. Sexuality. School.