Pedagogies of Dignity

Pedagogies of Dignity

Project Directors: Christia Mercer
Graduate Assistant: Olivia Leigh Branscum

Pedagogies of Dignity is an interdisciplinary initiative that brings together formerly incarcerated people, activists, faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates from the Humanities and Social Sciences.

This project has a theoretical and practical component. The theoretical component explores the philosophical and political importance of human dignity. In current debates about criminal justice reform, institutionalized racism, systemic economic injustice, and related issues, the notion of human dignity has emerged as key. The practical component of our project involves the development of a pedagogy of dignity. The formerly incarcerated members of our group work with those who have taught in prison to create best-practice standards for such teaching. Our practical work informs – and is informed by – our theoretical conversations.


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