2017-2019: “Representation and Appropriation”
Our theme for the events of the year is “Representation and Appropriation.” In the last few years, we have seen a campus-wide debate about ideas of “representation” in all its facets, from the way in which campus iconography reflects (or does not reflect) the contemporary student and faculty body, how faculty and students represent Yale to the world, to how Americans respond and react to representations of violence, misogyny and racism in media and government. There has been robust, public debate about these issues. Less attention has been paid, however, to ways in which “representation” changes depending on the person delivering the message. While we focus on representation, the dynamics of appropriation, ally-ship, assimilation, and performance of identities remain largely unexamined. Yet, the different ways in which different members of a community take on and spread ideas is at the core of addressing disparities and bias in higher education. The WFF will be holding a number of events this year around this theme, including a talk series, a seed grant program, and a workshop on May 2nd, 2018. Further details about these activities will be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we would be interested to hear from you about the ways in which ideas about “representation and appropriation” affect your area of work.