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Fulbright Symposium: Unpacking discourses of colourblindness and invisibility

Date / Time: 23 February 2017

Unpacking discourses of colourblindness and invisibility

Professor Mara Sapon-Shevin, Fulbright Scholar, Syracuse University, New York, USA.

For many people the goal of multicultural education remains achieving the goal of “colourblindness”, i.e. seeing “beyond colour” as evidence of lack of prejudice or discrimination. Similarly, discourses of “invisibility” are also presented as evidence that modifications and alterations responsive to differences are so seamless that the differences are rendered “invisible.”  

But colourblindness and invisibility as goals are antithetical to anti-oppressive education and challenging racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism etc. This symposium unpacks the relationship between how we see (or don’t see) and talk about (or don’t talk about) difference, particularly with reference to how we move to strategies of overtly challenging prejudicial and oppressive structures and behaviors. Particular attention will be placed on exploring the ways in which this conversation must always take place within a particular context, and how the cultural history of New Zealand interfaces with discussions of integration/segregation and visibility/invisibility.

Date: Thursday 23 February 2017

Time: 9.45-3.15pm

Venue: MSB 1.37, Gate 6b, Hillcrest Rd. Parking Gate 10 Silverdale Road at $2 per day.

RSVP: by 17th February to: http://bit.ly/2joICHU (please note there is a limit of 40 seats)

For further details please see the programme flyer

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