"Trojan Horse" Pedagogy: Southern Studies in a Terrain of Struggle

deadline for submissions: 
June 3, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
SAMLA 88 (Jacksonville, FL - November 4 - 6, 2016)
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"Trojan Horse" Pedagogy: Southern Studies in a Terrain of Struggle

SSSL'S Emerging Scholars Organization

SAMLA 88 - Jacksonville, FL - November 4 - 6, 2016)

 

In PMLA's recent roundtable on emerging paradigms in Southern Studies, Keith Cartwright posits Southern classrooms as Trojan horses, wherein teachers might disguise the "tar babies and terrapins" of folk Souths inside the "bourbon-country thoroughbred" of the region as traditionally-conceived. The Emerging Scholars Organization of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature invites presentations on pedagogy in an era of political crisis and institutional failure. How can educators who teach about the South respond to televised spectacles of anti-black state violence, to the ascendancy of anti-immigrant policies to the top of the presidential ticket, to the endless war that has seemingly reached a point of bipartisan consensus, to the trans*-exclusionary politics codified in Mississippi and North Carolina, with attention to the limitations and vexed histories of our disciplinary methods?  How can teachers bring these questions into classrooms hazarded by state legislatures' push for 'campus carry' and attempts to defund diversity initiatives at their public universities, as well as the casualization of their own labor, a burden that disproportionately falls on contingent women in the humanities? How might educators build common cause with campus protest movements? We invite proposals of 250 words, and welcome participants inside and outside of Southern Studies, and with broad interpretations of what it means to teach the South in the mutually-constitutive contexts of political ressentiment and the contraction of higher education. Send proposals to emergingscholarsorg@gmail.com and jlightweisgoff@gmail.com by June 3, 2016.