When our kawsay waqaychaqkuna saw the call for this year’s annual Curriculum & Pedagogy Conference – Practicing and Cultivating Humanizing Ways of Being in Education in the Pursuit of Social Justice – we knew it would be a perfect opportunity to share our values and pedagogies with a larger audience. The C&P call specified that they “hope to share space and discourse with educators, theorists, artists, students, and activists, as we practice and cultivate ways of being and doing that offer an alternative to white supremacist, normative, and neoliberal stances toward curriculum and pedagogy”; our pedagogies, inspired by Andean and Amazonian epistemologies as embodied in the Kawsay Ukhunchay collection, exemplify alternative ways of being in higher education, and we were thrilled to have our paper accepted and to present at the 2022 conference in State College, PA, at the end of October.
Michelle, Amanda, and Anais represented the collective together, and strove to trouble the traditional academic conference formats through a dialogic, non-hierarchical presentation format. We even brought some of our collection with us so people could hold the story gourds, see the retablos, touch some weavings as we gathered together and shared our experiences. Our conference paper, titled “Pukllay Pampa: Andean-Inspired Time-Spaces for Learning and Unlearning,” spoke to the ways in which we embrace a pluriversal model of time/space to center relationships with cariño in our work together as curators.
We are looking forward to adapting the paper for publication – stay tuned! In the meantime, we are sharing our bibliography here: Curriculum and Pedagogy Conf –Pukllay Pampa Presentation.