“Minority Cultural Production and the Ethics of Pedagogies of Dissent” for ASA 2017: Pedagogies of Dissent

deadline for submissions: 
January 20, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Christian Ravela
contact email: 

Proposals are invited for a session on “Minority Cultural Production and the Ethics of Pedagogies of Dissent” to be held at the American Studies Association conference in Chicago, Illinois from November 9-12th 2017.


Perhaps no other set of cultural objects has been more repeatedly called upon in pedagogies of dissent than minority cultural productions. Indeed, minority cultural production is often tasked to teach histories of domination and resistance along the axis of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Yet, such a task can often slides into liberal pedagogies of sympathetic identification and tolerance in which the aim is no longer material social transformation but personal understanding.


This panel understands this slippage to be the effect of a pervasive ethical ideology that frames minority cultural production as an ideal encounter with difference. This panel thus seeks papers that explore this problematic, examining the ways that minority cultural production conforms and resists this ethical ideology. In other words, the panel is interested in papers that explore the relation between minority cultural production and normative and alternative ethics in order to examine both the ethico-politico grounds and practices of pedagogies of dissent. Possible papers topics might include but are not limited to the following:


  • Minority Cultural Production and Women of Color and Feminist Ethics
  • Minority Cultural Production and Phenomenological Ethics and/or Foucaultian Ethics
  • Minority Cultural Production and the Ethical State


Please submit paper abstracts (250 words) and brief 1-paragraph bio to Dr. Christian Ravela (christian.ravela@ucf.edu) by Friday, January 20, 2017.