Spatializing Social Justice

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Dr.Maryann P.DiEdwardo, Northeast Modern Language Association
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Call for Papers 51st Annual Convention, March 5-8, 2020Boston, Massachusetts

Marriott Copley Place

Abstract Proposal Deadline: September 30, 2019

Cultural Studies and Media Studies 

Pedagogy and Professional 


Click here to post your abstract by 9/30/2019



Maryann P. DiEdwardo


(Lehigh University)


In Spatializing Social Justice we connect key themes of social justice literacy with writers and writing. Social justice as a paradigm for the English classroom resounds with tension and resolution. Digital Humanities, the Hurston archive, forms the basis of that the works of Zora Neale Hurston invite continued research for social justice literacy. Semiotic praxis is the primary framework, with exploration of works from Zora Neale Hurston’s The Complete Stories.

Gandhi and Kingian Principles establish further study of social justice literacy. Upon his death, Mohandas K.Gandhi was hailed by the London Times. Gandhi protested against racism in South Africa and colonial rule in India using nonviolent resistance. A testament to the revolutionary power of nonviolence, Gandhi’s approach directly influenced Martin Luther King Jr.


In this session, we share the healing power of literature and argue that literacy is the lifelong intellectual process of gaining meaning from a critical interpretation of written or printed text. We touch upon different types of writing and writers who aim to explore the healing process through words.


Roundtable — 3-10 participants give brief, informal presentations (5-10 minutes) and the session is open to conversation and debate between participants and the audience.