Fostering Feminist Men: Reaching Resistant Students in Composition Classrooms

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Sarah Goldbort at SUNY Buffalo
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Convincing students who are resistant to feminist ideology—most often the white, straight, cisgender, male student—that feminism is relevant to their lives and the lives of those around them is an uphill battle. More often than not, composition classes are required courses, which means that the students do not want to be there in the first place. Add a feminist theme into the mix, and it can often be a recipe for disaster. This roundtable invites participants to explore the techniques and methods for teaching composition through a feminist lens, particularly focusing on how to combat negativity, while also seeking to invite those resistant students to join the conversation. Papers should aim to address issues of gender, sexuality, race, class, and (dis)ability in the composition classroom.

Possible topics for discussion include (but are not limited to):

Feminist pedagogies of writing and research

Pedagogies of decentering hetereosexuality

Pedagogies of race, class, and gender 

Teaching sexual violence/addressing sexual trauma

Social Justice, Activism, and Transformative Politics

Queer theory in the classroom

Global feminism

300-500 word abstracts.


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