UNSET
TLING HISTORICAL COMMON SENSE

Unsettling Historical Common Sense is a forthcoming online curriculum that will reconsider how privileged source materials dictate who and what stories are credibly documented.

The phrase comes from scholars T. Fujitani, Geoffrey M. White, and Lisa Yoneyama in their 2001 book, Perilous Memories: The Asia-Pacific War(s). It was first conceived as a reading group for Wendy’s Subway, a library and independent publisher in Brooklyn, in fall 2020.

This online art and history curriculum will include interactive programming, directed courses of study, accompanying educator guides, and best practices. It is meant less to share tidy conclusions and more to encourage critically rethinking master narratives.
It is a free resource. To learn more and how to get involved, please reach out.

Image credits
Header: Nona Faustine, In Praise of Famous Men No More (2019).

Slideshow: Ben Ripley, A man from Korea #32 (2020). Part of AMITY/ENMITY at MASS MoCA.

Nona Faustine, Dr. J. Marion Sims (2019).

Wendy Red Star, Peelatchiwaaxpáash/Medicine Crow (Raven) (2014). From the series “1880 Crow Peace Delegation.”

Stephanie Syjuco, from the series “Blocking Out the Sun” (2019).

SEC. 01
DECONSTRUCTING RACE
SEC. 02
DISRUPTING MASTER NARRATIVES
SEC. 03
DECOLONIZING THE ARCHIVES




SEC. 04
ENDING SILENCES
SEC. 05
DENYING HISTORICAL SURVEILLANCE
SEC. 06
WRITING COUNTERHISTORIES




SEC. 07
BUILDING PROJECTS OF FREEDOM
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