Register for the workshop HERE
Registration deadline: April 29th 2021

First MAYS Methods Workshop

We are announcing a call for participants for our first workshop in the MAYS Method Workshops Series – a workshop on affective teaching, that will take place on the 6th of July 2021. The Workshops Series aims to provide spaces for learning, discussion, structured debate, knowledge-sharing and mutual support leading up to our next 12th Annual MAYS Annual Meeting in Warsaw in August.

Alice-Amber Keegan, PhD Candidate, Associated Researcher, Durham University
Jordan Mullard, Post-doctortal Teaching Fellow, Durham University
Emily Tupper, PhD Candidate, Durham University
Lucy Johnson PhD Candidate, Durham University
Halima Athker, PhD Candidate, Durham University

MAYS Affective Teaching Workshop: Covid-19 and Me // July 6th, 2 pm – 5 pm GMT+1

This workshop will be based around a paper that we have co-authored titled: ‘Covid-19 and Me’: A Serendipitous Teaching and Learning Opportunity in a 1st Year Undergraduate Medical Anthropology Course. ‘Covid-19 and Me’ was a blog post exercise assigned to 1st year undergraduate students taking a medical anthropology module at the start of the academic year 2020-21.

We present it as a case study demonstrating how personal reflection and affective pedagogies matter in ‘making sense’ of something like a global pandemic, and how it better enables us to understand the experience of an erstwhile ‘other’. In this workshop we will walk attendees through the ‘COVID-19 and me’ exercise, situating the exercise within Freire’s ideas of ‘conscientization’ among learners. We hope that this workshop will help attendees think about ways they can develop their own teaching and learning practice and encourage active learning among students.

Guidelines and Format

The workshop will take place on Zoom on the July 6th, 2 pm to 5 pm GMT+1. The maximum number of participants is 30, with enrolment on a first-come-first-served basis. Registration deadline is April 29thto register go HERE (there is no confirmation of registration e-mail). The workshop participation is free of charge.

While workshop is open to all across social sciences, we encourage those who are interested in teaching anthropology/medical anthropology to apply. Applicants from the Global South are particularly welcomed to join.

In this workshop we will replicate the ‘COVID-19 and me’ exercise described in our paper, asking attendees to prepare a short (50 – 150 word) piece about their experiences of COVID-19 to be submitted prior to the workshop. The conveners will read through the entries prior to the workshop, anonymise them and shared with workshop attendees during the workshop.

Workshop Structure

Registered participants will be later given a submission link to provide their 50-150 word reflective pieces, that after being anonymised, will serve as a teaching material in working groups during the workshop.

During the workshop, we will ask attendees to read through the pieces in small groups (break-out rooms) and come up with some key themes that emerge. We will encourage the attendees to think about their emotional responses to what they are reading. How does it make them feel when considering the different experiences of peers? Attendees will be asked to draw a bubble diagram for each written piece outlining key emotions. They will rank which emotions had the biggest impact on their discussions. To avoid this slipping into voyeurism, we will encourage participants to consider which themes felt most poignant in relation to understanding the different ways in which the pandemic was experienced and what that tells us about concepts of health more broadly.

We will then come together as a group to share themes and discuss how medical anthropological theory can be applied to those themes. We will then outline how we used these methods in the COVID-19 and me exercise, discussing how we used affective learning to engage undergraduate students with medical anthropology. We will consolidate the exercise with the pedagogical theory of Freire and his ideas in ‘pedagogy of the oppressed’ and how those ideas can be applied to develop learner’s consciousness of the topic under study. We will work with attendees to think about how they can use affective learning to engage learners within their discipline or topic and come up with a ‘lesson plan’ that they could use in the future. We will conclude by asking attendees to write a short rationale for using affective learning and how they can evidence (or not) its value through their own experience of the exercise.

Given the deeply personal nature of the topic to be discussed and the potential for intense emotional responses we will endeavour to provide a ‘safe space’ for all attendees. Attendees will be required to sign up in advance and we will send out a secure zoom link to ensure that those who are not registered cannot attend the workshop unannounced. We will make it clear to all attendees that they should engage in discussions sensitively and respectfully and will allow participants to opt-out of any participation that they do not feel comfortable with.

Registration HERE
Deadline for Workshop Registration: April 29th, 2021
Notification of Acceptance: May 12th, 2021

Deadline for the Submission of Reflexive Pieces: May 26th, 2021

Workshop Date: July 6th, 2021, 2 pm to 5 pm GMT+1