Teaching South Asia outside the English Department

deadline for submissions: 
July 31, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
South Asian Literary Association (SALA) Conference, Seattle, WA 2020
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How does pedagogical strategizing work in teaching Global South Asian literatures in majority serving institutions located in areas where the student body is mostly white, or lacking in South Asian immigrant groups? How does South Asian literature find a place in general education core courses? What are some current practices and challenges that scholars of color specializing in and including South Asia as a text, experience in their classrooms? We are interested in sharing experiences on teaching, planning courses, writing curriculum development projects including South Asia centric courses both for the major and the general education classes that embrace the inclusion of literatures from the global South, especially from South Asia. How do these strategies intersect within broader pedagogical strategies of introducing cultural studies and incorporating a globalstudies perspective within the general education curriculum within institutions serving the majority populations ? We are also particularly interested in having a discussion on the ways of negotiating both the teaching of South Asia in the general education curriculum while simultaneously starting a conversation around teaching South Asia within classrooms that are unfamiliar with literatures from and about it. 


Overall, this SALA panel invites papers exploring teaching strategies and pedagogical negotiations within the Composition classroom and the Majors courses on including/mediating South Asia within majority institutions. This engagement, the moderators argue, helps understand the trajectory of teaching the global south without the expansive reach of English depts. and in the absence of cultural studies centered majors and minors. 250-word abstracts, 75-word brief bios are invited for a panel. The moderators are open to a roundtable if there are more quality submissions. All interested are encouraged to respond to this call directly by emailing their abstracts and bios to de.aparajita@gmail.com and basul@uwstout.eduby July 31, 2019.


Lopa Basu is Professor, English at University of Wisconsin Stout; Aparajita De is Assistant Professor, English, University of the District of Columbia.