Wednesday November 29, 2023 at 8:30 am Pacific Standard Time Guest Speaker: Tara Ratnam, Independent Teacher Educator and Researcher, Mysoyre, India
Viewed as a dialectic between local cultures and global imperatives, different cultural interactions and cultural syntheses can be identified. One concern is that vulnerable local indigenous cultures exposed to dominating global systems, such as technocapitalism, are in danger of being eradicated. Tara Ratnam’s experience in postcolonial India provides a contrast with the community in Kyrgyzstan that Gillian McNamee has worked with (September 13 , 2023 Cultural Praxis video session). Informed by a Funds of Knowledge approach (González, Moll & Amanti, 2005), this presentation explores the possibility of framing such exchanges with a dominant colonizing culture in a positive way.