NeMLA 2018 session: College as Imagined World for First-Generation Students

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Scott DeShong, Northeast Modern Language Association
contact email: 

Papers addressing the difficulties of students for whom academia is foreign, considered in terms of the student’s alienation, psychological unpreparedness, underdeveloped perspective, etc. How can such students be incorporated into academia, and thereby into work (and life broadly) made accessible by education? Alternatively, should we seek such incorporation, or instead reimagine and change academia, and how? Institutions have implemented a variety of assimilation and retention strategies, some with better records than others. Some programs engage students individually, whereas others emphasize building communities; some strategies focus on key first-year courses, such as introductory writing. Broadly, the session addresses how academia is imagined, from within and without, including ways higher education is changing, which includes changes in funding.

Abstracts for 15-20 minute papers

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NeMLA Convention in Pittsburgh, 12-15 April 2018