Conscious thinking and continuous education

James Parker
March 21, 2024

Rethinking curricula is a conscious effort. Scholars have to make an extra effort to search for scholarship or other forms of knowledge production from diverse perspectives. As search engines and algorithms replicate already existing social disparities, knowledge production from the global South is not as easily available or circulated as that from Northern contexts. Pluralizing is a process of building alternative curricula through conscious and continuous thinking and searching as opposed to easy availability of ‘canonical’ literature. Pedagogues thereby actively have to search for perspectives and material (academic readings across disciplines, YouTube videos, artworks, journalistic writing, and other material) from Asia, Africa and Latin America to be included in their syllabi. While designing curricula, I consciously and continuously look for anthropological, historical, journalistic or other multi-media work, sometimes searching country by country.