Who Look at Me?!: Shifting the Gaze of Education through Blackness, Queerness, and the Body

Who Look at Me?!: Shifting the Gaze of Education through Blackness, Queerness, and the Body

by Durell M. Callier, Dominique C. Hill

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Who Look at Me?!: Shifting the Gaze of Education through Blackness, Queerness, and the Body explores how we, as a society, see Blackness and in particular Black youth. Drawing on a range of sources, the authors argue that the ability to operationalize the sentiment that #BlackLivesMatter, requires seeing Blackness wholly, as queer, and as a site of subversive knowledge production. Continuing the work of June Jordan and Langston Hughes, and based on their work as a Black queer artist collective known as Hill L. Waters, Who Look at Me?! provides alternative tools for reading about and engaging with the lived experiences of Black youth and educational research for and about Black youth. In this way, the book presents not only the possibilities of envisioning teaching and research practices but presents examples that embrace, celebrate, and make room for the fullness of Black and queer bodies and experiences. This work will appeal to those interested in emancipatory methodological and educational practices as well as interdisciplinary conversations related to sociocultural constructions of race and sexuality, politics of Blackness, and race in education.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004392229
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/25/2019
Series: Personal/Public Scholarship Series , #3
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Durell M. Callier, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of cultural and critical youth studies in the Department of Educational Leadership at Miami University.

Dominique C. Hill, Ph.D., is the 2017 recipient of the Illinois Distinguished Qualitative Dissertation Award in experimental design and a visiting assistant professor of Black Studies at Amherst College.

Table of Contents



Why Auto/Ethnography Education and Performance Now: Who Look at me, Now: Reflections on Being Seen

 Framing Shifting the Gaze

 The Origins of Shifting the Gaze in Our Work

 Shifting the Educational Gaze Now: Insisting on Pedagogies of Freedom, Creativity, and Praxis

 Tools to Engender Gaze Shifting

 Autoethnography and Education

 A Note to Our Read(er)s

 Organization of the Book

 Reflection Questions & Interactive Exercise

Chapter 1: When You See Me: Notes on Terrible Educations


 Naming & Unlearning: Pedagogies of Resistance

 I Am, We Are, Before That: Letters to the Future

 Reflection Questions

Chapter 2: Reflections on Bodies on Display: Exploring the Radical Potential of the Black, Queer Body

 Dimensions of Body

 Bodies on Display: Pleasure

 Learning through the Body: What Being on Display Taught Us

 Deep Creation Happens with/in the Feminine: A Lesson

 Reorienting the Gaze: Notes on Pleasure and Blended Scripting


 Reflection Questions & Interactive Exercise

Chapter 3: Looking Again: Collective Visions, Collective Sight/Seeing

 SOLHOT Lesson I: “Just because…Don’t Mean…”

 SOLHOT Lesson II: Save Yourself First: Recollecting Dirty Work and Wreckless Theatrics


 Reflection Questions

Chapter 4: Answering the Call: Manifesting the Spirit of Auto/Ethnography

 The Contribution of Auto/Ethnography to Qualitative Research

 Manifesting & Autoethnography: Charting New Directions in the Field

 Reflection Questions & Interactive Exercise

Chapter 5: When We Look at Each Other: An Auto/Ethnography of Togetherness

 Searching for Collectivity in Auto/Ethnography

 More than Collaboration, We Love Each Other: Coming to Collective Auto/Ethnography

 Reflection Questions

Conclusion Shifting Sociocultural Gazes: Toward Seeing Blackness Anew

 Black Scenes/Seen Black

 Reflection Questions & Interactive Exercise


 Dear Uncle Jimmy


About the Authors


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