Cheyenne Stevens graduated in 2010 from University of California, San Diego with a BA in Ethnic Studies and a double minor in Critical Gender Studies and Theatre. She is a PhD student in Women’s Studies at University of Maryland College Park. She is interested in food justice and its intersections with gender, race, class, and animal rights issues.
Abstract:“Futurities in Education and Social Movements” explores how social movements disrupt, critique, and dismantle futurities so as to work to create better worlds, and identifies what relationship futurities have to social movements as well as educational movements. How do we imagine these concepts as phenomena working in tandem with one another? Scholars such as Chela Sandoval and Karen Barad show us how to achieve political and educational unity and also how to rethink unity as it exists around us. Barad’s concept of “intra-actions” allows us to queer the notions of community that have guided social movements, including the Civil Rights Movement with its merging of art and activism. Food justice as well has historically incorporated alternative modes of education into its call for action for marginalized communities. The events around student activism on college campuses reveal the power of activist work in educational spheres and social media as integral to the futurities of activist and educational work. “Futurities…” explores how to imagine community formations that lead to educational and social change.
Sites of Inspiration:
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