Date of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
College of Education and Human Services
Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair
Tyson E. Lewis
Hinduism--Study and teaching (Higher), Hinduism and education, Dance in religious education, Kuchipudi (Dance), Postcolonialism
With postcolonial theory in mind, I engage in a self-study that shares how I use Kuchipudi Indian Classical Hindu dance to develop a de-Orientalized pedagogical process to educate non-Hindus, particularly in higher education, about Hinduism. As I teach through the medium of Kuchipudi Indian classical Hindu dance in undergraduate classrooms, conferences, invited campus-wide lectures, and theatricals, I aim to improve my pedagogy that confronts the legacy of colonialism. Building on Edward Said’s groundbreaking theory of Orientalism and postcolonial theory, this project relates a pedagogical process that will help educators across disciplines maintain an awareness of the urgency of a de-Orientalized postcolonial pedagogy that pays close attention to interreligious and intercultural dialogue.
Misirhiralall, Sabrina D., "De-Orientalized Pedagogy : Educating Non-Hindus About Hinduism With Postcolonial Realities In Mind" (2015). Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects. 79.