“Required Dissent: Resistance Strategies for the Gen. Ed. Course”

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association 2018
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Panel Proposal for NeMLA 2018 Conference on “Global Spaces, Local Landscapes, and Imagined Words"

April 12-15, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA




“Required Dissent: Resistance Strategies for the Gen. Ed. Course”


Paulo Freire actively writes against the ‘banking system,’ where instructors merely ‘deposit’ information to students, but what happens when there is little choice in this structure, when ‘depositing’ may be an expectation of your position? Addressing concerns of contingent, adjunct, and two-year faculty typically responsible for teaching compulsory general education courses, this panel discusses pedagogies of dissent within the context of rigid learning competencies and departmental or program-wide red tape.


Freire’s authentic education model calls for learning to be carried out by “A” with “B,” as opposed to by “A” for “B” or by “A” about “B” (Pedagogies of the Oppressed 93). Similarly, Stephanie Abraham’s ‘nepantla pedagogy’ brings “social tensions forward and position[s] the students as both the mediator and the questioner of these tensions” (Critical Education 2). How must instructors of campus- or program-wide mandatory courses deviate from or subvert obligatory content, cultivate learning alongside students as opposed to ‘depositing’ information, and facilitate student engagement with current sociopolitical tensions? What is at stake when educators resist the boundaries of a prescribed curriculum, and what are the envisioned results of doing so? In other words, how may instructors cover compulsory material while also reframing and challenging it, or how might a general education course reposition its field and content while also, to some extent, ‘depositing’ what is required by it?


Please submit your abstract by no later than September 30, 2017 at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/16905. *Note: Upon being accepted into this panel, all presenters must become members of the Northeast Modern Language Association.