“Regions, Institutions, and Subject Positions: Teaching Asian American Literature to Multiple Audiences,” May 24-27, 2012

full name / name of organization: 
Circle for Asian American Literary Studies, American Literature Association
contact email: 
Jane Hseu, jhseu@dom.edu

“Regions, Institutions, and Subject Positions: Teaching Asian American Literature to Multiple Audiences”

Sponsored by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies

We are seeking participants for a roundtable discussion at the Annual Conference of the American Literature Association in San Francisco from May 24-27, 2012. The roundtable will address teaching Asian American literature to multiple audiences. Asian American literature is taught to a diverse audience that includes Asian Americans of different ethnicities; white students; students of color; international students; students of varying class, gender, and sexual identities and abilities; and faculty colleagues, including those with little knowledge of Asian American literature. In addition, Asian American literature is taught in institutions inside and outside of the US, different regions, public and private universities, community colleges, and institutions with different religious affiliations. We also hope participants can reflect on their own subject positions and how these may affect their teaching of and reception by varied audiences in specific contexts. Given the relative lack of published materials on teaching Asian American literature, we hope this roundtable provides support for those who teach Asian American literature and illuminates both practical and theoretical concerns. The roundtable will be 120 minutes in total, with 8 minutes of remarks by five participants followed by 40 minutes of discussion.

If you are interested in participating in this roundtable, please email a brief description (no more than 250 words) of how your remarks would address the topic of teaching Asian American literature to multiple audiences to Nina Ha at ninaha@creighton.edu and Jane Hseu at jhseu@dom.edu by Jan. 7, 2012. Be sure to mention any technological needs for your presentation on your abstract. Also, please note that if your abstract is selected and you agree to present on this panel, you will need to become a member of CAALS before presenting. For more information, please visit our website at http://caals.org/.

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american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ethnicity_and_national_identity
general_announcements
interdisciplinary
postcolonial