Never have I ever: Current Issues in Teaching the Eighteenth Century

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
ASECS: American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Conference (March2018)
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Please submit a short proposal for this roundtable at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference March 22-25, 2018 (Orlando, Florida).


The innovative format of this interdisciplinary pedagogy roundtable uses the structure of “Never have I ever”—the truth game so loved by our students—to create lively discussion of specific challenges and strategies in teaching eighteenth-century studies in the current era. Each panelist presents for 7-8 minutes, outlining a challenge in teaching the eighteenth century, with thoughts on responses to the challenge. S/he will then pose the question (e.g.,“Never have I ever chosen to exclude a book from my course because of concern about student response to sexual content”). Attendees hold up a green card if they have done this thing, or a red card if they have not; confessions made, invested discussion follows on strategies to address the challenge.

Topics might include

*teaching sexual, violent or racialized texts

*teaching religious or political content to students with varying backgrounds and investments

*addressing gaps in student understanding of historical, philosophical, or theoretical contexts. *Does anyone still teach very long novels, epic poems, or intricate political satire?

*Are there ways to teach important texts we know students will dislike?

*Are there strategies to engage administrative demands for “employment relevance” or student expectations of “relatability”?


ASECS rules permit members to present only one paper at the meeting, but members may, in addition to presenting a paper, serve as a session chair, or a respondent, or a roundtable discussant; they may not present a paper in those sessions they also chair.  No member may appear more than twice in the program.