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Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto

2012-2013 CMCE Works in Progress Seminar Series

Session 1

The Works in Progress (WiP) Seminar Series provides students and faculty with a common forum within which to theorize, discuss, and debate issues in the areas of culture, media, media literacy, representation, technology, and education. The WiP Series provides a valuable space for students and faculty to share and discuss their current work in a supportive and constructive environment.

In celebration of Media Literacy Week (November 5-9), this year's inaugural session will feature two OISE scholars working in the area of critical media literacy. This event is wheelchair accessible.

Friday, November 9, 2-4pm

OISE/UT, MEK Room, Rm 12-105 (Access through the Dean's Office)


Pooja Dharamshi

PhD Student, Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning, OISE/UT

Developing the ‘Attitude’: The Backgrounds, Experiences, and Views of Critical Literacy Teacher Educators

This discussion will examine the backgrounds, experiences, and views of six critical literacy teacher educators across five U.S. states and six universities. I examine how the teacher educator’s early life experiences, commitment to the community, and inquiry stance contribute to the development of the 'attitude' essential to a critical literacy perspective in the teacher education classroom. Furthermore, analyzed are the relationships between school district initiatives, shifting identities, and emphases of critical literacy work as a source of tension and creativity. A suggestion is made that the link between lived experiences with marginalization and a critical literacy consciousness may be central to developing the 'attitude' towards texts and social issues.

Dr. Miglena Todorova

Instructor, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Social Justice Education, OISE/UT

Dusty but Mighty: Using Radio in the Critical Media Literacy Classroom

This presentation examines a media project called “Borderless Radio,” where 52 graduate students at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education produced short radio programs narrating their experiences with multiculturalism. The project sheds light on how radio soundscaping politicizes intimacy, disturbs hegemonic discourses and empowers learners yet (re)charts geopolitical and ideological fault lines that pose unexpected questions about the teacher-student relationship in critical media literacy/cultural studies classrooms.


Flyer for Event (Opens in PDF)