Multidisciplinary Pedagogies for the 19th Century--Roundtable

deadline for submissions: 
September 1, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Nineteenth Century Studies Association
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Roundtable Discussion on Pedagogies Across Disciplines (addressing 19th century works)

Nineteenth Century Studies Association Meeting, “Memory and Commemoration”

February 2-4, 2017 in Charleston, SC

Most of us stretch outside or across disciplines in teaching the nineteenth century. Whether it is considering Turner’s depictions of landscapes or street songs in rounding out our discussion of Dickens, or ecological challenges and developments alongside Wordsworth’s texts, or human rights and sociology with Wilde’s, we roam freely across disciplinary boundaries. How do we enact multidisciplinarity in such pedagogical reaches? What strategies do we use to ensure we are prepared for questions in areas that are not our primary specializations?

As a scholarly organization that welcomes and encourages interdisciplinary work, we would like to host a roundtable on this subject at our Charleston meeting (Feb. 2-4, 2017). In the hopes of inspiring a discussion of the benefits and challenges of such multidisciplinary teaching, we are asking for proposals for very brief (10-minute) presentations on any aspect of such cross-discipline pedagogy. We will have five or six presentations, followed by an open discussion.

Subjects may include (but are not limited to):

  • The challenges of multidisciplinary teaching

  • The use of contemporary databases of 19th century collections in such pedagogical efforts

  • Multidisciplinary teaching in the humanities, such as art or literature or history

  • Multidisciplinary teaching across the disciplines, such as medical humanities or science and technology in the 19th century

  • Geography and architecture in the humanities classroom

  • Innovations in digital humanities with an interdisciplinary 19th century focus

  • Teaching literary texts in non-literature classrooms

  • Lesson plans for promoting multidisciplinary perspectives

Lucy Morrison (University of Nebraska Omaha) will organize and moderate the session. Please send your 250-word proposals and one-page cv to her at by September 1, 2016. Abstracts should include author’s name, institutional affiliation, and title of presentation in the heading.​