Teaching and Learning as "PRIMITIVE HYPERTEXT" used texts authored by Octavia Estelle Butler as a starting point to explore teaching as a relational practice that builds networks between all organisms and knowledges. In this course, while we started with Butler, we were introduced to a range of other texts that expand our "aperture" (Zaretta Hammond) of our practices as both teachers and learners. How might the 1998 interview between Samuel Delany and Butler invite us think about choreography and storytelling methods in our teaching practice? How might Butler's 1989 essay "Positive Obsession" and her 1991 interview with Randall Kenan in Callaloo help us think about the role of trance, possession, and the ecstatic during the learning process? What does Butler's archive of handwritten notes reveal to us about the importance of revision, ritual, and "failure" in learning? After exploring the role of Lauren Olamina in Butler's Parable of the Sower (1993), what can we learn about interdisciplinarity, interdependence, improvisation, and intuition in our teaching practice? What does it mean to teach for liberation? What is possible within institutions?
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A learner, Kameelah Janan Rasheed (she/they), grapples with the poetics-pleasures-politics of Black knowledge production, information technologies, [un]learning, and belief formation. They are a recipient of a 2022 Creative Capital Award and a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts. Rasheed is the author of three artist’s books: An Alphabetical Accumulation of Approximate Observations (Endless Editions, 2019), No New Theories (Printed Matter, 2019), and the digital publication Scoring the Stacks (Brooklyn Public Library, 2021). Their writing, has appeared in Triple Canopy, The New Inquiry, Shift Space, Active Cultures, and The Believer.
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Elizabeth is a mother, multidisciplinary designer and educator interested in the confluence of motherhood, world-building, and the possibilities of design. She is currently a Part Time Faculty Member at Parsons School of Design and completing a postdoctoral fellowship at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program where she earned her master’s. Elizabeth lives and loves in Brooklyn, NY with her son.
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