I am a PHD students at the Faculty of Education at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. My study is based on a project we are running with 4th year pre-service teacher education students. Its a digital storytelling project in which students explore one or more social justice issues in education, embedding their own personal experience of social justice/injustice withing the larger socio economic context of South African Education. My research question is how a digital storytelling workshop framed by a pedagogy of discomfort can transform students' engagement across difference (or not ;)).. the pedagogy of discomfort looks at the interplay of emotional and cognitive labour and resonates with our experiences in this workshops. I am using the affective turn as a theoretical framework. The paper I would like to submit to this workshop looks at some of the tensions when using emotions in the classroom, in particular the notion of sentimentality and uncritical responses to trauma.
Looking very much forward to this week!