CFP: Teaching Through Testimony (6/1/05; journal issue)

full name / name of organization: 
Edvige Giunta
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Teaching Through Testimony: Part II
DEADLINE: 1 June 2005
Due to overwhelming responses, the editors of Transformations plan on a Part
II of the special issue "Teaching through Testimony." Essays submitted in
response to the original call as well as new submissions will be considered.

Testimony comes in many forms - autobiography, memoir, poetry, personal
narrative, oral history, primary source material, historical documents,
eyewitness accounts, and individual experiences. Using testimony as a
pedagogical tool raises such questions as: How does one define subjectivity
and objectivity? Who has the authority to speak and who is silenced? How do
we theorize and analyze "experience"? What is the relationship between
different experiences of trauma, both personal and historical? What is the
role of community in the creation and validation of narratives of witness?
What are the ethics of testimony? How are testimonial narratives mediated
and represented?

The editors of Transformations seek articles (5,000 - 8,000 words) and media
reviews (books, film, video, performance, art, music, etc. - 1,500 to 5,000
words) examining approaches to teaching testimony in a variety of contexts:
creative writing, oral history, women's and gender studies, anthropology,
literature, history, psychology, sociology, art, photography, geography,
religion, environmental studies, philosophy, working-class studies, ethnic
studies, cultural studies, and others. Multidisciplinary approaches that
focus on--or include--discussions of non-Western cultures are especially
encouraged. Autobiographical criticism, narrative scholarship, photo-essays,
and experimental work are welcome.

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

How teaching through testimony can be implemented at all levels, K-12 and
higher education.

How teaching through testimony can be relevant to progressive education.

Hybrid genres: from confessional criticism to the lyric essay.

How teaching through testimony relates to topics such as war, genocide,
domestic abuse, conflict resolution, poverty, racism, citizenship and civil

Teaching through testimony in non-academic spaces such prisons, shelters,
homes for youth at risk, etc.

Send one hard copy to: Jacqueline Ellis and Edvige Giunta, Editors,
Transformations, New Jersey City University, Grossnickle Hall Room 303, 2039
Kennedy Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07305 OR email submissions and inquiries
to: Email submissions should be sent as
attachments in MS Word or Rich Text format. For submission guidelines go to

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