The Ethics of Pedagogy During Crisis: A Teach-in Series 

Part One: Contemporary Documentary Images in the Classroom

As part of a teach-in series on Ethics, Pedagogy and Crisis, the Culture and Crisis Collective invites educators and students to attend a roundtable & discussion regarding the use of contemporary documentary images in our classrooms. Thus far, the events of 2020 have generated an unprecedented number of documentary images that proliferate in popular contexts. Often, these images depict public and state violence against racialized bodies, race- and class-stratified responses to COVID-19, and sustained actions of political resistance. Now, more than ever, violent and distressing documentary images have become a routine aspect of students’ media engagement. The popular dissemination of these images, though encouraging in many respects, generates renewed anxieties around the ethics of sharing visual documentary online and in the classroom. 


Monica Patterson 

Assistant Director of Curatorial Studies (ICSLAC) and Associate Professor (Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies)

Monica Eileen Patterson holds a doctorate in Anthropology and History from the University of Michigan. She is author of several articles and co-editor of two books: Curating Difficult Knowledge: Violent Pasts in Public Places (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and Anthrohistory: Unsettling Knowledge and Questioning Discipline (University of Michigan Press, 2011). Currently, she is completing a manuscript that examines the multiple and contested understandings of childhood in late-apartheid South Africa. As a scholar, curator, and activist, her work explores the intersections of memory, childhood, and racism in postcolonial Africa and beyond, and the ways in which they are represented and engaged in contemporary public spheres.

Aboubakar Sanogo

Associate Professor (Film Studies, Institute for African Studies, ICSLAC)

Aboubakar Sanogo is an Associate Professor in Film Studies at Carleton University. His writings have appeared in Cinema Journal, Framework, Moving Image Review & Art Journal, Rethinking History, Journal of Film Preservation, Film Quarterly, Sight and Sound and Film Comment. He is currently completing two manuscripts on the history of documentary in Africa and on the cinema of Med Hondo and an anthology of the legendary director. His research interests include African cinema, Afro-diasporic cinema, documentary film theory, history and aesthetics, world cinema, film preservation and restoration, film archiving and film heritage, colonial cinema, film festivals, auteurism, postcolonialism, race and cinema and the relationship between film form, history, and theory.

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