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Border Crit, is a new and emerging critical theoretical framework to better address education and research in the borderlands. There is a pressing need to begin crafting a space for education and research that is mindful of the complexities and ethical responsibilities one has and should maintain when writing about or working with and within vulnerable border communities. Border Crit forefronts the perspectives and counter narratives of people of color as legitimate forms of knowledge. It begins with the understanding that race and borders are endemic to everyday life.
This theoretical framework emerges from and is inspired by LatCrit, Tribal Crit, and Critical Race Theory. Border Crit Studies or BorderCrit Theory requires a re-imagining of a world without borders, geographic, and epistemological. It requires a call for context and a history of the beginning. It maintains that researchers have a responsibility to admit their privilege, and engage with the world they are ‘studying,’ to become close to the people and places they are narrating versus distancing themselves through insincere objectivity.
We offer educational workshops and courses, in-person and online to students and organizations interested in social change and social transformation. Our professors are experienced community organizers and educators in the areas of race, gender, social movements, and resistance. To learn more on the current courses we offer click below.
Interested in applying Border Crit Theory to your curriculum? We offer resources and materials for educators to incorporate social justice education and social justice action projects directly into their curriculum. Contact us to learn more or download your materials to get started.
Syllabus of recommended readings and academic literature on the intersections of race and borders.
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