Embodied Participatory Learning
RESEARCH PROJECT AND DOCUMENTARY FILM
Embodied Participatory Learning: Engaging African Communal Theology as a Method of Feminist Pedagogy
About the Project
This collaborative pedagogy project by the Women in Theology group at Loyola University Chicago explored the role of experience in a Women and Religion classroom at Loyola. In this class, which was cross-listed in Theology and Women’s Studies, the students were asked to approach “sacred texts” through a feminist method of embodied participatory learning where they were invited to speak their experience to the texts. Stories that many feminist theologians would consider “texts of terror” within Jewish, Christian, and Islamic scriptures were given as options for students who then turned the texts into dramatic commentaries on issues women face today, such as rape or violence. This documentary reflects on the successes and limitations of the project.
The classroom syllabus and project guidelines were created by Mary Moorman, instructor of record for the Women in Theology course utilized by the project. The Ground Rules were written by Andrea Hollingsworth. The sample script was written by Melissa Browning, Teresa Calpino, and Jeanine Viau.
Melissa Browning, Sex and Sacred Texts Take the Stage in the Classroom, part of panel presentation: “Women’s Studies Meets Theology: Sex and Sacred Texts Take the Stage in the Classroom” with Mary Moorman, Elisabeth Vasko and Jeanine Viau. National Women’s Studies Association Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, June 19-22, 2008.
Embodied Participatory Learning: Engaging African Communal Theology as a Method of Feminist Pedagogy, Presentation by the Women in Theology reading group, sponsored by the Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage, Loyola University, Oct. 17, 2007.