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Thursday, February 7 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Grave Matters: Engaging with the Corpses of Social Studies

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High school social studies curriculum is filled with dead bodies as a result of disease, (un)civil conflict, genocides, wars, and other violence incidents. Yet, how often do we think about how we talk about these corpses? This presentation will draw from the theories of Judith Butler, Michel Foucault, and Achille Mbembe to inspire how we might encounter death in our classrooms. We will examine three types of corpses: banal, idealized, and censored bodies. Banal bodies are those which have become commonplace and ordinary, while idealized bodies are those we make sacred and sacrosanct. Censored bodies are those which are either hidden or removed from attention. We will explore those bodies with direct reference to the Alberta Program of Studies for Social Studies in Grades 10-12.


Cathryn van Kessel

Assistant Professor, University of Alberta
Cathryn van Kessel is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta in Secondary Social Studies Education. As a secondary school teacher, Cathryn taught junior and senior high social studies and Latin for a decade, and now teaches social studies curriculum and instruction classes... Read More →

Thursday February 7, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Shaw CC: Salon 9 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Dougas Lang - High Prairie #62
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English
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