Spaces of Trust, Ethics of Care and Ungrading Praxis

Mon, February 28, 2022. 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST. Register here

What is ungrading? What can it do?

In this workshop, Dr. Ustundag will to explore the possibilities and limits of the “ungrading” praxis by provoking how moving away from the traditional grading practices can create spaces of trust and ethics of care, especially during these tiring and trying times.

Grounded in intersectional feminist pedagogies, by giving examples from my own experience with ungrading, she hopes to generate collective imaginings to challenge oppressive and dominating institutional power structures within and outside of learning spaces.

About the speaker: Ebru Ustundag is a critical feminist geographer interested in intersections of health/care and social justice as these relations unfold in various urban spaces. In St. Catharines, Ontario, she collaborates with various community partners and social agencies to facilitate radical collective action by building solidarities and alliances.

She is an Associate Professor of Geography at Brock University and a graduate faculty member in the interdisciplinary Master of Arts program in Social Justice and Equity Studies. Ustundag is also a founding board member of the Graphic Medicine International Collective where she collaborates with other academics, health carers, patients, caregivers, and comic artists to explore the interaction between the medium of comics and the discourses of healthcare. She has also been an active member of the executive and advisory committees of the Canadian Association of Health Humanities.