Foregrounding diverse lived experiences and non-dominant forms of knowledge, this edited volume showcases ways in which narrating and sharing stories of pain and suffering can be engaged as critical pedagogy to challenge oppression and inequity in educational contexts.

The volume illustrates the need to consider both the act of narrating and the experience of bearing witness to narration to harness the full transformative potentials of counternarratives in disrupting oppressive practices. Chapters are divided into three parts - "Telling and Reliving Trauma as Pedagogy," "Pedagogies of Overcoming Silence," and "Forgetting as Pedagogy" - illustrating a range of relational pedagogical and methodological approaches, including journaling, poetry, and arts-based narrative inquiry.

The authors make the argument that the language of pain and suffering is universal, hence its potential as critical pedagogy for transformative and therapeutic teaching and learning. Readers are encouraged to reflect on their own lived experiences to constructively engage with their pain, suffering, and trauma. Focusing on trauma-informed non-hegemonic storytelling and transformative pedagogies, this volume will be of interest to students, faculty, scholars, and community members with an interest in advancing anti-oppressive and social justice education.

chapter 1|14 pages

Centring Pedagogies of Pain and Suffering by Embracing Our Wounds and Scars

ByArdavan Eizadirad, Andrew B. Campbell, Steve Sider

part Part 1|52 pages

Telling and Reliving Trauma as Pedagogy

chapter 2|19 pages

Cultivating Brave Spaces to Take Risks to Challenge Systemic Oppression

ByAndrew B. Campbell, Ardavan Eizadirad

chapter 3|14 pages

Moving from Oppression to Opportunity

Bringing Light to Educational and Historical Contexts in Critical Pedagogy
ByAllyson L. Watson, Ameenah Shakir, Sundra D. Kincey, Reginald K. Ellis, Darius J. Young

chapter 4|15 pages

Storying Vulnerability

Creating Conditions for Generative Relationality in International Experiential Service Learning
ByJessica Vorstermans

part Part 2|72 pages

Pedagogies of Overcoming Silence

chapter 5|20 pages

Co-Composing Poetic and Arts-Based Narratives

Un-Silencing and Honouring Our Voices as Women Academics
ByAnita Lafferty, Julie A. Mooney

chapter 6|14 pages

Self-Location as a Disruptive Counternarrative in Teaching and Learning

ByKateri Marie Marandola

chapter 7|17 pages

Engaging in Ethical Discourse

An Autoethnography of a Black Student's Journey to Self-Identity
ByAlicia Noreiga

chapter 8|17 pages

Passing the Grade

Experiences of Black Males in Secondary Schools in Ontario, Canada
ByDaniel Lumsden

part Part 3|66 pages

Forgetting as Pedagogy

chapter 9|20 pages

Sacred Tears

Indigenous Women's Healing Journey of Mobilization for Educational Systemic Change
BySharla Mskokii Peltier, Charis Auger

chapter 10|19 pages

Remembering Other Ways to Live

The Healing Energy that Flows from Sacred Ecology
ByZahra Kasamali

chapter 11|17 pages

Easing Anxiety for Adults in Higher Education

Regaining Self within Subversive, Interdisciplinary Bibliotherapy, and Visual Journaling
ByChristina Belcher

chapter 12|6 pages

Poetic Justice

Healing and Disrupting Systemic Oppression in Education through Critical Pedagogy
ByArdavan Eizadirad