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Jessica Sánchez Flores and Montserrat Madariaga Caro create Land Pedagogy Learning Community

Mon, September 30, 2019
Jessica Sánchez Flores and Montserrat Madariaga Caro create Land Pedagogy Learning Community

Our graduate students Jessica Sánchez Flores and Montserrat Madariaga Caro are the recipients of a Faculty Innovation Center Grant to create and lead a learning community that can help promote classroom inclusion at UT. During this fall semester 2019, Jessica and Montserrat are conducting a series of workshops based on Land Pedagogy: "We believe land is a teacher of inclusivity. The Land Pedagogy Learning Community is a project that addresses the colonial history of The University of Texas at Austin as an educational institution settled in native land and in the once Confederate South. We cannot separate the racial, gendered, speciesist history of genocide of human and non-human beings from what is now known as UT’s ‘Forty Acres’. With our Land Pedagogy Learning Community, we seek to generate a dialogue that recognizes and embraces Indigenous presence at the UT campus and Central Texas."

Jessica Sánchez Flores's research examines the ways in which Nahua women acquire technical expertise, their relationship to technology, and its impact on their lives and their identity politics.

Montserrat Madariaga Caro researches the corporeal and affective networks of the Mapuche land as a system of micro-politics of decolonization. 

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