[Reminder] Never have I ever: Roundtable on Teaching the Eighteenth Century

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
ASECS: American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Conference (March 2018)
contact email: 

NB: ASECS rules permit presenting a session and participating in a roundtable in the same conference meeting

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”?

or other issues, complications or challenges in teaching the eighteenth century to twenty-first century students.

NB: 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