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- ItemStudying with, without guarantees: reflections on the risks of taking learning from the classroom to the land(Institute for Critical Education Studies, 2020) Granzow, Kara; Lenon, Suzanne; Kirbyson, EmilyIn this paper, we discuss an assignment we developed whose goal was to “unsettle” settler consciousness and critically foster a grounded politics of location amongst our postsecondary students. We analyze some of the important and sundry risks of taking learning from the classroom to the land, focusing on some of the assignment’s assumptions, effects, contradictions and complications. Drawing upon Moten & Harney’s urging of a “studying with and for,” Stuart Hall’s “politics without guarantees,” and Leanne Simpson’s “land as pedagogy,”we present our experiment in teaching as an exciting opportunity for learning – one that though rooted in aspirations towards more decolonial presents in our classrooms, is still always also deeply implicated in who gets made as a subject with access to the goods and protections of the colonial present within and outside of the university.
- ItemUnpacking inclusion and building queer(er) alliances: an interview with OmiSoore H. Dryden and Suzanne Lenon(Upping the Anti, 2016) Lenon, Suzanne
- ItemWhite as milk: Proposition 8 and the cultural politics of gay rights(Mount Saint Vincent University. Institute for the Study of Women, 2013) Lenon, SuzanneAs part of the U.S. federal elections in November 2008, voters in California narrowly passed Proposition 8, a ballot initiative that eliminated same-sex marriage rights in that state. Against this political-legal backdrop, the movie Milk, based on the life of gay activist Harvey Milk, was released to audiences across North America. Proposition 8 and its aftermath infused social and cultural meaning into the critical acclaim Milk publicly received, and the movie itself became a way to both galvanize and anchor support for gay (marriage) rights. I contend that there is a particular racialization of queer sexuality and proximity to whiteness that links this moment of law and culture together. The paper examines the “knitted-togetherness” of the film’s racially normative representations and the racializing of homophobia that occurred on both sides of the Proposition 8 debate, one that continues the protracted fractioning of race as separate from sexuality within mainstream lesbian/gay politics
- ItemWhat's so civil about marriage? The racial pedagogy of same-sex marriage in Canada(Darkmatter Journal, 2008) Lenon, SuzanneAbstract not available