Unpacking Activism

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We are currently in a moment of heightened activism, but many of us are unsure of how to act, or shudder at the thought of more people getting involved in a cause without deeply reflecting on what that means. Activist engagement comes with a responsibility to understand the workings of power and the contexts that inform what, how, and why activist endeavors exist in the ways that they do, and who is involved in them and in what capacity. It also requires that we understand how our identities and positions in society influence our actions and how they might be perceived.

This course will help you better understand our current moment and how you might best get involved by considering global and historical contexts for activism, learning skills to make sense of the activism you see, and (re)discovering why and how to act.


Emily Frazier-Rath
Emily Frazier-Rath

Before my role as Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies at Davidson, I studied at Bucknell University, Universität Hamburg, Universität Heidelberg, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Colorado Boulder, primarily working in the areas of German Cultural Studies and Women’s and Gender/Feminist Studies. I am interested in activisms – especially refugee activisms – and have written about the role of death in activism, Roma and Jewish coalition-building in Germany, Black Lives Matter Berlin and anti-racist solidarity-production following the 2016 Cologne attacks. My current research revolves around refugees’ cultural contributions in Germany, including several graphic novels and art projects created by refugees or in-tandem with them. I’m also interested in exploring the benefits and challenges of using these materials in the German language and/or German Studies classroom. Overall, I’m deeply invested in interdisciplinary scholarship, pedagogies, and activisms that are informed by theories of social justice, and that help us work toward and imagine more inclusive and collaborative futures.

During my time as an educator, I have taught or assisted in classes on memory and the Holocaust, contemporary German culture, German film after 1989, beginning and intermediate German language, ESL and Old Norse Mythology. My aim in all of my classes is to work with students to co-create an inclusive space where we can learn about contexts as well as build the critical and analytical skills necessary to generate positive change in our communities outside of the classroom.