Who we are:
“The Athena Co-Learning Collective is a group of graduate students and faculty at the University of Georgia who are committed to living and learning differently in the academy and our communities. We came together in the wake of the 2016 election with various needs for community, praxis, and feminist theory in our work and lives. Our purpose is to work together in active resistance to white supremacist heteropatriarchy and toxic masculinist practices that have underpinned knowledge production and instruction at our universities. We seek to engage, share, and learn from a diversity of knowledges, experiences, hopes, and fears as a means to rehumanize our relations and learning communities. We are inspired by the many feminist collectives who have formed inside and outside the academy before us.”
-- Athena Co-Learning Collective (2018)
What we do:
Pedagogy -- our learning space.
We work together to materialize feminist, anti-racist, and decolonial thinking in our classrooms. This involves rejecting the toxic masculinity and competitive performance expectations in our seminars and rehumanizing our learning spaces by generating collective solidarity. Intentional co-learning supports this effort through practices such as: collectively choosing texts and other materials with which we engage; creating shared class notes; Utilizing small discussions, break out sessions, and in class journaling to more deeply engage in dialogue with one another; Publishing collective works based on our collective (not individualistic) engagement with the readings.
Praxis -- our politics.
We engage with scholarly and activist writings and teachings centered on the ontologies of women, POC, queers, and indigenous people. By rejecting the traditional canon centered on white male western thinking, we open up possibilities to engage with poetry, art, and storytelling as critical works. We intend this Collective to be a sustainable enactment of our commitment to bringing theory into community. We do this by: Relating to one another as complete human beings inside and outside of the classroom by making space to discuss emotions, hardships, conflict, excitement, etc.; Rejecting efforts to provide a totalizing narrative that erases our own and collective ambiguities, contradictions, and entanglements; Continuing to offer the Collective model as a semester seminar and reading deeply together; Facilitating conversations in the broader Athens community related to our vision and praxis. We connect the way we think to the way we act.