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Transitions and Transactions: Literature and Creative Writing Pedagogies in Community Colleges Conference
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Borough of Manhattan Community College, Department of English
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Pedagogy as an essential part of the learning and teaching culture has an ever more important place in community colleges where we continually rethink and revise our practices for our often non-traditional student population and for a population less aware of the value of the written word. Building on the success of our first conference, Transitions and Transactions II: Literature and Creative Pedagogies invites Community College faculty to send proposals for the April 25-27, 2014 conference presented by Borough of Manhattan Community College, English Department. Continuing our work developing a community of engaged teachers interested in improving their practice by sharing pedagogical questions, concerns, successes, theories, and intellectual curiosities about the ways in which teaching and learning happens and does not happen in the community college literature and creative writing classroom, we invite a large field of inquiry: student and faculty populations, physical environments, social media and technological dependency, resistances, disruptions and distortions to teaching and learning, institutionalized educational policies, and (dis)abilities and mental illness awareness in teaching. In addition, in light of the rise in recent violence that uses the educational environment as a global stage, we invite papers that theorize violence at education institutions and violence in education and ways that college students have engaged with these questions in literature classes.
We are pleased to include the teaching of creative writing as a new topic for our conference. We’ve added creative writing pedagogy as a way to engage in and add our voices to this important field of scholarship. Specific to the community college, we would like to address how faculty teach creative writing when literacy and literary familiarity and preparation vary widely. Please see a list of suggested topics below.
We also invite presenters from our 2012 conference to present collaborative work that resulted from participating in the conference and we will consider topics not mentioned in this CFP. We look forward to learning how you invent and are invented by your students and your position as teacher in our next conference.
Literature Pedagogy Topics:
Creative Writing Pedagogy Topics:
As teachers of literature and creative writing, the conference asks the larger question: How do we make a literary life and literary citizenship possible both for our students and for ourselves?
This is an interdisciplinary call extended to teachers and graduate students. Additional topics are welcome. Deadline for submissions is November 15, 2013. Send abstracts (minimum of 250 words) or inquiries to:
Dr. Margaret Barrow and Dr. Manya Steinkoler