CFP: Race and Pedagogy (2/15/06; 9/14/06-9/16/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Tamiko Nimura
contact email: 

Call for Papers

The University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA) will host a conference on=20
Race and Pedagogy keynoted by Prof. Cornel West on Sept. 14-16, 2006.=20
The conference will bring together scholars, teachers, and students to=20=

discuss the pedagogical implications of race in higher education,=20
particularly but not exclusively in institutions and programs oriented=20=

towards a liberal education in the arts and sciences. Refining,=20
extending, and questioning our understanding of the pedagogical=20
implications of race is critical if we are to improve the=20
racial-cultural experiences of all our students and prepare our=20
students for citizenship and leadership in a diverse world where race=20
continues to matter.

The conference planning committee encourages teachers, scholars, and=20
students across disciplines (e.g. humanities, social sciences, physical=20=

sciences) with an interest in race and pedagogy to examine the three=20
themes which will guide the conference. We hope that you will recognize=20=

areas of interest and/or concern in these themes, and will consider=20
joining us as either presenters and/or participants. In addition to=20
invited speakers and panels, the conference will include refereed=20
panels, papers, and poster sessions. For a list of confirmed=20
speakers/participants and specific submission guidelines, please visit=20=

the conference web site at
Questions can be addressed by email to <>.

Theme 1: Race, Knowledge, and Disciplinarity

Overview: This theme explores the ways in which specific academic=20
disciplines negotiate the issue of race and the ways in which race=20
enables and/or constrains the production of knowledge.

Papers and/or panels exploring this theme might:
        =95 explore the range of goals different instructors and/or =
have for student learning when engaging the issue of race;
        =95 address such questions as: "why has race assumed a =
position in certain disciplines?" as well as "why has race been=20
rendered invisible in certain disciplines?";
        =95 identify and examine disciplinary (and =
interdisciplinary) modes of=20
inquiry through which race enters a discipline's scholarly conversation=20=

and its classrooms;
        =95 explore different aspects (themes, issues, events, =
individuals, etc.) of what constitutes a discipline's understanding of=20=

        =95 identify and examine how issues of race (e.g. racialized =
and inclusion, silencing and supremacy) function in the way "we" both=20
encounter and/or construct what has come to count as knowledge (the=20
given and primary categories and/or ways of seeing and investigating=20
the social and material world which appear natural and which frame,=20
identify, distinguish, reproduce, and sustain our discrete disciplinary=20=

or interdisciplinary "homes"); and,
        =95 identify questions, objectives, perspectives, topics,=20
methodologies, research strategies, and/or pedagogical techniques for=20
situating race more productively in disciplinary conversations and in=20
the classroom.

Theme 2: Racial Dynamics and Racial Performances in the Classroom (and=20=


Overview: This theme explores the ways in which students and teachers=20
embody and perform race, and the ways in which racial dynamics affect=20
behavior inside and outside the classroom.

Papers and/or panels exploring this theme might:
        =95 identify and examine the different behaviors and forms =
of racial=20
performance in which students and teachers engage as well as the=20
consequences and/or effects of these behaviors and localized, embodied=20=

performances (e.g. stereotyping, privilege, violence);
        =95 help conference participants recognize productive and/or=20=

problematic racial dynamics and performances;
        =95 develop strategies for responding to these dynamics and=20=

        =95 identify strategies for hindering and promoting =
motivation and=20
student learning;
        =95 help conference participants understand how our =
racialized bodies=20
work as texts that carry the inscription and memory of history;
        =95 identify strategies for managing the selection, =
interpretation, and reception of the knowledge that is brought to and=20
created in the classroom; and,
        =95 explore ways to negotiate the challenges and =
possibilities for=20
building critically empowering and participatory learning communities.

Theme 3: Race, Pedagogy, and Community

Overview: This theme explores the ways in which students, teachers,=20
administrators, and the educational institutions which they=20
collectively constitute are situated within or in relation to broader=20

Papers and/or panels exploring this theme might:
        =95 identify and examine the ways through which particular =
or contemporary communities and/or social movements have challenged and=20=

changed the kinds and terms of knowledge, and the access to and=20
representation of peoples of color in higher education.
        =95 identify ways to locate, formulate, and question the =
ways in which=20
our institutional identities as publicly accountable and obliged=20
citizens continually shape and reshape the way we understand our=20
contemporary pedagogical possibilities and opportunities; and
        =95 explore tensions, partnerships, and possibilities that =
can shape=20
Tamiko F. Nimura
Assistant Professor, English Department
University of Puget Sound
1500 N. Warner St., CMB 1045
Tacoma, WA 98416-1045=

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