Resilience Studies Defined

"Resilience Studies" is a term I use to describe both the political exegesis I find in literature that depicts trauma, and the space I attempt to create for my students as they embark on scholarly research into new subject areas that often disturb but also often enlighten. I promote and teach resilience. I see it in the literature I write about and teach. I see it as the point of contemporary trauma studies. I read the field as identifying resilience in the act of testimony. I use the language of trauma and resilience to describe my pedagogical theory of how students process and then critically analyze unfamiliar and sometimes troubling material. I promote resilience in a safe classroom space in which my students can question, stretch intellectually, and learn without fear of recrimination for such things as language choice in their questions and discussion.