Histories of Race and Racism in the Arts in Education: Colonialisms, Subjectivities, and Cultural Resistances
In this introduction to Section I, the authors summarize the chapters along three themes that point to the relationship between colonization and racialization through the arts. First, the authors draw connections between arts education and colonization as explored in the chapters. Second, the authors discuss how the chapters show how the very idea of “the artist” is rooted in racist and colonial logics that imagine a certain kind of subject as “talented” and able to produce “works of art.” Third, the authors discuss how the chapters document examples of cultural resistance to colonization and racialization. The chapters in Section I contribute not only to our understanding of the arts as white property but also to the complex relationship between racism and colonization.
KeywordsColonialism Subjectivity Resistance Race Racism History Counterstorytelling Narrative Talent
- Bolin, P. E., & Kantawala, A. (Eds.). (2017). Revitalizing history: Recognizing the struggles, lives, and achievements of African American and women art educators. Wilmington, DE: Vernon Press.Google Scholar
- Soussloff, C. (1997). The absolute artist: The historiography of a concept. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.Google Scholar
- Walcott, R. (2014). The problem of the human: Black ontologies and ‘the coloniality of our being’. In S. Broeck & C. Jonker (Eds.), Postcoloniality-decoloniality-black critique: Joints and fissures (pp. 93–105). New York: Verlag.Google Scholar
- Wittkower, R., & Wittkower, M. (1963). Born under Saturn. The character and conduct of artists: A documented history from antiquity to the French Revolution. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson.Google Scholar