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ERIC Number: EJ1044079
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-1946-7109
"In the Swell of Wandering Words": The Arts as a Vehicle for Youth and Educators' Inquiries into the Holocaust Memoir "Night"
Simon, Rob; Bailey, Ashley; Brennan, Jason; Calarco, Antonino; Clarke, Kevin; Edwards, Will; Fujiwara, Catherine; Kalan, Amir; Kruja, Julia; McInnes-Greenberg, Emily; Pisecny, Anna
Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, v11 n2 p90-106 Sum 2014
This article includes the script of a performance from the Communities of Inquiry Symposium at the Ethnography in Education Research Forum, March 1, 2014. The event invited audience members to imagine the relationship of the arts, multimodality, research, and critical pedagogy, through an evocation of a community of adolescents' and teachers' arts-based inquiries into the Holocaust memoir "Night" by Elie Wiesel (2006). This performance attempted to trace ineffable aspects of "Night" through participants' interpretive, embodied, and artistic responses. The resulting collaborative text addresses a range of issues, among them: the role of the witness; the inadequacy of language; the nature of faith; the challenge of adequately responding to survivors and victims of the Holocaust from individuals' own socially-situated vantage points; the limitations and potentials of aesthetic responses to trauma; and the function of the arts in critical pedagogy.
University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education. 3700 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. e-mail:; Web site:
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Language: English
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