Researching Race and Ethnicity / Critical Reflection
Critical Reflection assessment
Drawing on theory and readings addressed in the module, need to write up to 1000 words critically reflecting on race and ethnicity.
This critical reflection will be based on an experience of visiting the exhibition Artist and Empire(Tate Britain).
At the gallery, I have chosen a piece of art( Edward Armitage’s ‘Retribution’: a Dilemma for Ethicism 1858)
Critically reflect on how it depicts race, ethnicity and colonialism, drawing on readings from the module.
In this reflection, consider and research the social context of the piece of art and to suggest how race interacts with gender and class.
also, reflect how the positionality as the viewer intertwines with the chosen piece (see guidance notes below for how you might address ).
It is inevitable that our lived realities and experiences will enter into the research process.
As researchers, we carry and embody a complexity and history of lived experiences and identities that are inseparable. In doing research, we discover that it has the capacity to reveal many aspects of ourselves, with value-free, objective, stable, secure, and safe research very much an illusion. There can be several moments when the researcher is confronted by his or her own self in ways that draw attention to how gender, class, age, ability, power and race and ethnicity are constructed, experienced, lived and resisted.
This exercise incorporates the visual by asking to view the piece of art and want to use this encounter to reflect on how self-enters into the research process.
Please include the following in the assessment:
1. What is the piece of art chosen to write about? (i.e. name of piece, date, artist)
2. Who and/or what is in the piece of art chosen and what is its social context?
3. How does the piece of art reflect the relationship between the colonised and the coloniser(s)?
4. How are race and ethnicity depicted in the piece of art chosen?
5. What intersections are there between race, gender, class and/or any other
aspects of identity?
6. How does what you see relate to theoretical concepts and themes in module readings?
7. How does the positionality as the viewer intertwine with the chosen piece?
8. Please include an image of the piece chosen to write about.