Critical Studies Working Group
Who We Are
The Critical Studies Working Group is a group of scholars at Auburn University committed to the critical analysis of education. Our critical analysis is centered on understanding cultural, institutional, and structural dynamics that create and perpetuate injustice, inequity, and oppression in education and schooling.
Through our teaching, research, outreach, service, and activism, we work to disrupt, subvert, and transform all systems that oppress, dehumanize, and subjugate, including hegemonic systems of white supremacy, cisheteropatriarchy, ableism, linguicism, imperialism, settler colonialism, and capitalist neoliberalism.
We enact our opposition through scholar-activism to transform systems and structures in education toward humanization, justice, and equity. We are committed to educational praxis that opens, develops, and sustains critical consciousness around inequity, injustice, and oppression and supports those becoming critically conscious. While our purposes are critical, we endeavor to engage in critique that is humanizing, caring, and sees individual people beyond the structures they inhabit. As such, we do not treat people as disposable or interchangeable – we strive to practice radical love in our work and to recognize every individual’s innate human potential.
What We Do
The Critical Studies Working Group hosts several events throughout the year that are free and open to the public. These include:
- Critical Studies Book Group (meets every semester)
- Critical Studies Movie Night (usually twice each Fall and Spring semester)
- Distinguished Lectures on the Critical Study of Education (every Fall and Spring semester)