Book Talk: Assemblages of Violence in Education, with Dr. Boni Wozolek

Everyday Trajectories of Oppression

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Nov 09

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Russell Hall 306

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Please join us for a discussion of Assemblages of Violence in Education: Everyday Trajectories of Oppression (Routledge, 2021), with author Dr. Boni Wozolek. Recently named the 2021 Winner of the AESA Critics’ Choice Book Award, Dr. Wozolek's book explores social justice and education from numerous angles, with attention to the psychological aspects of victims of violent crimes.

"Assemblages of Violence in Education: Everyday Trajectories of Oppression brings together fields including new materialisms, anthropology, curriculum theory, and educational foundations to examine how violence is intertwined with everyday events and ideas. Artfully weaving participant narratives in two contexts that exist a literal world apart—queer middle school youth of color in an urban context and Indian women who have survived domestic violence—Assemblages of Violence conceptualizes how social justice functions in opposition to normalized aggressions. Often overlooked, these deeply significant connections document how multiplicities of aggression operate as business-as-usual in a variety of spaces and places, including those that are often thought of as helpful. To these ends, this book introduces pathologies to theoretically and methodologically trace affects in order to more clearly perceive both where and how violence is embedded in and between sociopolitical and cultural ways of being, knowing, and doing. In so doing, Assemblages of Violence argues that pathologizing trajectories of violence can provide theoretical and methodological tools for those seeking to engage in a pedagogy of equity, access, and care to help people and communities in ways they wish to be helped."

-- publisher's description

Dr. Boni Wozolek is currently an Assistant Professor at Penn State University, Abington College. Her work considers questions of social justice, qualitative research methods, and teaching practices that focus on the examination of race, gender and sexual orientation in schools. Dr. Wozolek's most recent accolades include receiving the 2021 recipient of the "Early Career Award" from the Critical Issues in Curriculum and Cultural Studies special interest group of the American Educational Research Association and receiving the 2020 Taylor & Francis Educational Studies "Best Paper of the Year" award for her article "Hidden Curriculum of Violence: Affect, Power, and Policing the Body. Dr. Wozolek is the author of numerous papers and book chapters that can be found in journals like: The Urban Review, GLQ, Cultural Studies <> Critical Methodologies, Theory into Practice, and The Journal of Gender Studies, among others. Dr. Wozolek's most recent books include Assemblages of Violence in Education: Everyday Trajectories of Oppression (Routledge, 2021), and the edited collection Black Lives Matter in U.S. Schools: Race, Education, and Resistance (SUNY, in press). 

Dr. Daniel Friedrich, Associate Professor of Curriculum, Teachers College, Columbia University, will introduce Dr. Wozolek and moderate discussion among participants.

This book talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Curriculum and Teaching and Gottesman Libraries.

Persons interested in joining this book talk may rsvp with their details by Monday, November 8th. A Zoom link will be confirmed for persons wishing to attend remotely.

Where: 306 Russell / Zoom



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