SOUTH 101: Teaching Southern Studies in Introductory and Interdisciplinary Courses

deadline for submissions: 
September 11, 2017
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Sponsored by the Society for Southern Literature’s Emerging Scholars Organization (ESO)
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SOUTH 101: Teaching Southern Studies in Introductory and Interdisciplinary Courses

Panel Proposal for the SSSL Biennial Conference, Austin, February 2018

Sponsored by the Society for Southern Literature’s Emerging Scholars Organization (ESO).

As white supremacists march onto college campuses carrying Confederate battle flags and wielding torches, it becomes increasingly important for college teachers to engage with southern studies in the classroom. Applying this year’s conference theme to our pedagogy, we seek contributions for a roundtable discussion about interdisciplinary approaches to teaching southern studies in introductory (freshman- and sophomore-level) courses. We are especially interested in courses that engage with some aspect of southern studies in the following contexts:

-In introductory African American Studies or Women and Gender Studies courses.  
-In cross-listed courses or collaboratively co-taught courses.
-In service-learning or project-oriented courses emphasizing community engagement.
-In first- or second-year composition and writing courses.
-In courses designed to help students transition from high school to college (e.g. UNIV 1001).

We welcome short presentations on any aspect of course design: choosing a theme, composing the syllabus, selecting reading materials, constructing lesson plans, or creating assignments. The goal of this panel is to generate ideas and disperse materials that will aid participants in planning introductory and interdisciplinary courses that are engaging to the undergraduate students who take them and interesting to the instructors who teach them.

Please submit 250-word abstracts to Kelly Vines (kvines3@lsu.edu) before September 11 for full consideration.