CFP: Feminist Pedagogy (3/1/06; journal issue)

full name / name of organization: 
Meredith Miller
contact email: 
mmiller@marjon.ac.uk

Submissions are requested for a special issue of the journal Feminist
Teacher entitled, The Feminist Gap: Ideology and Practice in Higher
Education=20

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As teaching academics, we are aware of a gap between ourselves and our
students in reading the terms of feminism. Added to the gaps - economic,
cultural, sexual - that we have been involved in exploring over the past
two decades is a gap which we are driven to understand as
historical/generational. In reality, we feel that this gap is primarily
ideological, in the sense that student understandings of 'feminism' (as
a term) seem increasingly to be derived from particular popular culture
sources which ultimately support pre-feminist ideas of the natural.
Thus feminism, as Angela McRobbie has pointed out, has become an
increasingly historicised category separate from students' ideas about
their own gender politics. Convictions about gender which our students
hold are thus often left without a unifying ideological framework, again
in a sort of gap.=20

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The set of cultural meanings which accrue under the heading 'feminism,'
and with which many of our students are informed, has moved so far from
the accepted understandings which underpin our research and teaching, as
to render ourselves and our students less intelligible to each other.
To what extent has post-feminist discourse acted as a disabling force?
Driven by the conviction that our students DO possess a politics of
gender, we feel that this gap in understanding (and overlapping gaps
economic, cultural and sexual) demand exploration in order for feminist
pedagogy to proceed in higher education. =20

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We would like this issue to facilitate such exploration. We would
welcome papers, both theoretical and practice-based, from academics
teaching through feminism in all disciplines. Those incorporating
student input in any way would be most welcome.=20

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Please submit 300 word abstracts to mmiller_at_marjon.ac.uk by 1st March
2006

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cfp categories: 
gender_studies_and_sexuality