Center for Faculty Innovation

Anti-Racist Citation: Scholarly Histories and Classroom Practices (Online Scholarly Talk)

Wed, 10 Mar 2021 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM


This online scholarly talk will provide a critical historical examination of citation practices within Writing Studies and end with a look at how engaging critical citation practices provides anti-racist implications for classroom practice. Critical historical practice is embedded in Decolonial and Black Feminist options that go beyond a simple business materialist model based upon meritocracy and tokenizing contributions of people of color (a.k.a. just citing POC). Engagement with critical citation practices in the classroom goes beyond the citation to the classroom praxis. Thus, Jordan Hayes will develop the pedagogical implications of this framework by following Dr. Iris Ruiz’s work into a classroom where it was cited by advanced writing students. Hayes will share principles at play in the design of the course and its aim to further advance a decolonial orientation to race. To illustrate the importance of making anti-racist texts available for student citation, Hayes will present his experience teaching Angela Davis’s arguments against carceral racism.

Guest scholars:

  • Dr. Iris D. Ruiz is a Continuing Lecturer for the University of California Merced Merritt Writing Program and a Lecturer with the Sonoma State University Chicano/Latino Studies Program. Her current publications are her monograph, Reclaiming Composition for Chicano/as and other Ethnic Minorities: A Critical History and Pedagogy, and a co-edited collection, Decolonizing Rhetoric and Composition Studies: New Latinx Keywords for Theory and Pedagogy, in which she also contributed a chapter on the keyword “Race,” and a co-authored caucus history, Viva Nuestro Caucus: Rewriting the Forgotten Pages of Our Caucus. She's also written on Decolonial Methodology in Rhetorics Elsewhere and Otherwise. Her 2017 co-authored article “Race, Silence, and Writing Program Administration” deals with race and WPA history; it was published in the CWPA Journal and received the 2019 Kenneth Bruffee award. Lastly, she’s written for the Journal of Pan African Studies about her journey toward a decolonial identity titled, “La Indigena.”
  • Jordan Hayes (he, him, his) is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh, where he teaches composition, written argument, and digital media. His dissertation, Trajectories of Belonging, completed in 2020, uses a transnational literacy studies framework to engage issues of migration, intersectionality, technology, infrastructure, and affect in the case of Syrian refugees residing in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. His work has been published in The Journal of Intersectionality and the European Journal of Communication.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Applying insights of decolonial anti-racism to forms of knowledge-making in the classroom; and
  • Developing an appreciation for the complex racial dynamics tied to traditional citation practices.

Faculty participants will make progress toward this scholarship outocme:

  • Practicing the integration of scholarship with teaching and other career aspirations.

CFI programs will be canceled automatically if JMU is closed for inclement weather.

Our programs are intended for JMU faculty or staff only. If you are a student or administrator and would like to attend, please sign up and leave a note at the end of the survey.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please describe any considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in the registration survey. You may also reach out to us personally at Tiffany Runion, or (540)568-4846.

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