This workbook is the companion to our article for the ESTS thematic collection on Critical Pedagogy, titled "Feminist Theory Theater: Acts of Reading as Embodied Pedagogy". It is meant to be downloaded and printed, and is already formatted to print as a double-sided booklet. [Note: If you try to read it as a PDF, the pages will appear out of order.]
**Please ensure that you have 2-sided printing selected, and you set the printer to flip along the short edge (not the long edge) of the page.** After it prints, just fold it in the middle, gather your reading group, and you're ready to try out Feminist Theory Theater!
ABOUT FTT: Feminist Theory Theater (FTT) is a way to read theory (or anything) with others. Inspired by feminist STS and its commitments to embodied, situated and distributed sense-making, FTT asks readers to stage, discuss, and re-stage the text that they are reading. By centering provisional performances as materials for an ongoing process of collective interpretation, FTT asks readers to “put a text on its feet” not in the service of making a finished show, but rather as a mode of working, thinking, putting an argument into our bodies and classrooms and experiencing what it might feel like to stand with it.
HOW TO USE THIS WORK BOOK: This printable chapbook was created to guide folks who are reading with FTT for the first time. It was made to be used by groups of student readers, but it can be used by any reading group interested in the possibilities of centering collective interpretation. Here, you will find a step-by-step guide through a reading of your choice. Each reading group can use one chapbook, or each member can use their own chapbook, as you like.
The chapbook is made to be marked up in the course of your reading and reflection. In this way, it serves not only to guide but also to document your group’s reading process. We invite you to send us pictures or PDFs of your entire marked-up chapbooks for a growing library archiving FTT readings, and would love to hear your thoughts and feedback on reading through FTT, and using this chapbook. Please send your marked-up chapbooks and/or feedback digitally, at FeministTheoryTheater@gmail.com.
Christina Aushana, Michael Berman, Yelena Gluzman and Sarah Klein, 7 February 2022, "Feminist Theory Theater Workbook", contributed by Sarah Klein, Christina Aushana, Yelena Gluzman and Michael Berman, STS Infrastructures, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 8 February 2022, accessed 1 March 2024. https://stsinfrastructures.org/content/feminist-theory-theater-workbook