"How to Win Students and Influence Colleagues; Innovative Teaching in the Medieval and Early Modern Classroom" (TEMA 2019, Roundtable)

deadline for submissions: 
July 31, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Lauren "Lola" Watson / Texas Medieval Association

We are seeking proposals for a roundtable on innovative ways to engage students in medieval and/or early modern studies.  This roundtable is intended to be a time for sharing ideas and discussing effective approaches to teaching medieval and early modern content.  We are particularly interested in presentations which showcase specific lessons, activities, and methods that participants have found fruitful, have resulted in especially productive class meetings, or compelling student work.  We invite proposals for short (8-10-minute) presentations.  Presentations related to teaching courses in all disciplines are welcome.  Relevant topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • the use of popular culture (including medievalisms) when teaching material from the medieval and early modern periods
  • material culture in the classroom
  • assignments which merge creativity with scholarship
  • translation exercises that engage students in multilingual scholarship
  • the pedagogical value of performing primary sources
  • using online resources (such as digitized manuscripts and reference materials) in the classroom
  • service learning in the humanities classroom
  • interdisciplinary approaches to teaching (which might include discussion of team teaching experiences)
  • innovative approaches to written assignments
  • connecting the medieval and early modern to current events and concerns

Texas Medieval Association (TEMA) Conference: October 18-20, 2019, Texas State University (San Marcos, TX)

From the conference website: "...[T]he 2019 conference theme is tongues and all related words that serve as a conduit for the transmission of knowledge and culture in verbal, written, oral, and visual forms. Those who wish to connect to the conference theme may seek terms in their area of interest with topics of language, communication, dialogue, expression, terminology, or thought. Papers may be submitted in either English, French or Spanish."

Send abstracts of no more than 200 words to Lauren "Lola" Watson (lauren.watson@austincc.edu) or Amber Dunai (adunai@tamuct.edu) by July 31, 2019.  We look forward to hearing from you!