An online resource developed by community-based organizers and educators in collaboration with university-based researchers and educators, A Different Asian American Timeline, places Asian American history in the context of racial capitalism. At a time of rising forms of nationalism and rightwing authoritarianism, the timeline seeks to teach history not through the lens of a discrete ethnic and racial group, but through the relationships of various groups within struggles over land, labor, and empire. It periodizes history by major crises in the development of U.S. power: from the Doctrine of Discovery to the Civil War, to the Spanish American War, to World War II, to the rise of neoliberalism, and to the current moment. For each period it encourages users to think critically about events and developments in the context of the material and hegemonic conditions of the time. It also addresses competing notions of freedom, both liberatory and reactionary. In these ways the timeline approaches racial history conjuncturally and relationally.
Drawing from and contributing to the timeline, this microseminar has three goals related to movement building and education to:
Map the current conjuncture in the Pacific Northwest region as a basis for political strategy development
Develop curriculum for racial capitalism scholarship for this region
Model a process that could be adjusted and replicated for different geographic contexts.
This seminar seeks to recruit interested participants among (1) publicly-engaged UW graduate students, (2) recent UW graduate alum working in and across university and community spaces, and (3) community-based organizers and educators. The seminar will challenge participants to discern between and share strategies across classroom-based curriculum and community-based curriculum designed to advance pluralistic and multiracial power and base-building projects during a time of deepening divisions over race, gender, class, and nation.
Meeting Times and Location
Session 1, Saturday, January 12, 1-4pm, Introduction to Framework: Racial Capitalism, the timeline, and Conjunctural Analysis here and now. Set up research inquiries and groups.
January: by arrangement, research group consultations
Session 2, Saturday, February 9, 1-4pm, Creating Curriculum from Research across Community and Classroom Spaces
Session 3, Sunday, March 10, 1-4pm, Public Presentation/Teach-in of Projects, Harvest of Learning, and Next Steps.