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The discipline of Critical Whiteness Studies arguably materialized out of CRT with the aim to study the specifics of white identities and white normativity from a critical perspective. Centering and analyzing whiteness/white supremacy/the white race has caused tremendous antagonisms, particularly generated by those who do not wish to view themselves as white.

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Date 20 October 2020
Time 14:00 -17:00

Approaching whiteness as a topic for study is done in myriad ways, and during our fourth session we will ask which methods and theories can be productive to stimulate a fruitful discussion. Given the fact that academia itself represents what critics have argued are white spaces or “seas of whiteness” (cf. Sara Ahmed), issues of visibility, invisibility, and hypervisibility become crucial topics to discuss as affective gaze technologies continue to engender massive levels of anxiety.
Materials :
George Yancy. Black Bodies, White Gazes: The Continuing Significance of Race. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers (2008) > Pages 12-77.
Keynote Speaker George Yancy | 2018 #NightofPhilosophy at Brooklyn Public Library
Further reading:
Revealing Whiteness: The Unconscious Habits of Racial Privilege. Shannon Sullivan. Indiana University Press (2006) > Pages 17-118.
Robin DiAngelo. White Fragility: Why It’s so Hard to Talk about Racism. Beacon Press (2018).