What is activism in the classroom?

Renata Brandao, Sophie Stevens

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What is activism in the classroom? We respond to this question by showing how studying global forms of activism and artivism (activism through art) engages students across the humanities and social sciences in exploring questions about language, cultural specificity, agency and equality. We explore how each of these topics is modified and transformed by digital contact zones between languages and cultures created through websites, social media and other online platforms. We provide examples of approaches and activities developed in our new interdisciplinary module Art and Activism in the Digital Age to enable students to gain an understanding of the role language plays in contemporary activism. Students explore this idea in practice by creating podcasts to develop their own critical and creative voice. We advocate for a collaborative, multilingual and multi-modal classroom in which students work with a range of case studies from around the world.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLanguage Debates
Subtitle of host publicationTheory & Reality in Language Learning, Teaching and Research
EditorsAna de Medeiros, Debra Kelly
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherJohn Murray Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781529372267
ISBN (Print)9781529372250
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2021


  • Activism
  • Language
  • Debate
  • Teaching

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