University, Disorientation, Activism, History, Protest, Archives, Puget Sound, Institutional racism, Student publications, Identity
For over half a century, student activists have been developing publications called ‘Disorientation Guides’ as a means for challenging the prevailing image of the University as a center for progressive education. Among countless other things, the guides provide a material and ideological critique of the University and seek to elevate the autonomy and power of the student body. They also serve as a useful resource for preserving institutional memory in order to illuminate the consistences in activist histories and student resistance movements. Future students can thus become informed, in their efforts to affect change and confront the University at systemic and institutional levels, by the University’s historical injustices.
This capstone project, a three-part podcast, features interviews with Rachel Greiner and Skylar Bihl that illuminate the blistering potential for Disorientation work at the University of Puget Sound. The project takes as its theoretical basis both the academic field of Critical University Studies and historical instances of student resistance to the University, and contends that the impetus for creating a Disorientation Guide is derived in equal measure from a profound sense of disillusionment and disenfranchisement inherent to being a student and also from a sincere yearning for democratic alternatives to the present and a reimagining of fundamental social and political conditions.
University of Puget Sound
Politics & Government
Harris, Eli M., ""Disorientation": Its Theoretical Underpinnings and Its Political Potential at the University of Puget Sound" (2020). Politics & Government Undergraduate Theses. 9.