Embodying the Educational Experience (NeMLA 2014; due 9/30/13)

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Kirsten Ortega
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Embodying the Educational Experience

45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 3-6, 2014
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Host: Susquehanna University

This panel welcomes papers that examine how texts and/or visual images represent the intersection of embodiment and the educational experience. The 60th anniversary of Brown v. Bd of Ed reminds us of how linked educational experiences are to one's individual bodily experiences, especially in images like those of the Little Rock Nine trying to enter high school. Education is certainly an embodied experience despite the long-standing influence of the Cartesian separation of mind and body. Papers may analyze such varied representations as those of teachers' embodied experiences in the classroom such as in Audre Lorde's "Black Studies," representations of students' embodied experiences as in Zitkala Ša's narrative of forced changes to her body in "The School Days of an Indian Girl," or even representations of education as performance as in Don DeLillo's depiction of the Hitler Studies professor, J.A.K. Gladney, lecturing to his students in academic costume in White Noise.

Papers for this panel may consider such questions as: How are bodies and embodiment related to the learning process? How do teachers and students have embodied educational experiences similarly or differently? How do authors represent the intersection of embodiment and educational experience? How is American identity shaped by educational experiences? And how do differences between bodies affect those educational experiences? How do authors represent continuing segregation in the schools? Since integration, many authors and scholar-theorists—such as Ntozake Shange, bell hooks, and Patricia Hill Collins—have questioned the value of integration; and studies demonstrate that schools are just as segregated today as they were prior to official desegregation. At a time when Education programs emphasize diversity training for teachers, but public figures declare the 21st century "post-racial," how are authors negotiating, evaluating, and representing the embodied experiences of the classroom?

Please send 250-500 word abstracts to Kirsten Ortega at kortega@uccs.edu by September 30, 2013.

Deadline: September 30, 2013
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The 2014 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. This capitol city set on the Susquehanna River is known for its vibrant restaurant scene, historical sites, the National Civil War museum, and nearby Amish Country, antique shops and Hershey Park. NeMLA has arranged low hotel rates of $104-$124.

The 2014 event will include guest speakers, literary readings, professional events, and workshops. A reading by George Saunders will open the Convention. His 2013 collection of short fiction, The Tenth of December, has been acclaimed by the New York Times as: "the best book you'll read this year." NeMLA's Keynote Speaker will be David Staller, Producer and Director of Project Shaw. Mr. Staller presents monthly script-in-hand performances of Bernard Shaw's plays at the Players Club in New York City.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable. http://www.nemla.org/convention/2014/cfp.html