Digital Media Network Projects: Classroom Inclusivity Through a Symphilosophical Approach
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This chapter looks at the process of merging literary research on the Romantic idea of symphilosophy with a pedagogical approach oriented toward classroom inclusivity that attends to the learning needs of all students regardless of their gender, age, race, disability, and sexual orientation through a peer-like environment including the instructor. The use of this core concept of the European literary tradition lends itself to a decolonialization of literature and language courses in conjunction with feminist ideas because they prioritized post-colonialism and postmodernism and brought into focus theories of intersectionality. I believe that German Romantic philosophy—with its openness to dialogue, emancipation of women, and acculturation of Jews in the Romantic salon—and its extension, the letter, are relevant to these pedagogical objectives regarding diversity and can be successfully applied in digital and social media projects. The Romantic salon can be then perceived as a decolonizing space albeit as a different type of decolonization.
KeywordsDiversity Decolonization Sociability Symphilosophy German
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