Transitions and Transactions V Conference - City University of New York (CFP extended to 1/15/20)

deadline for submissions: 
January 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Transitions and Transactions
contact email: 

Dear Colleagues:


We are excited to send you the CFP for our 2020 conference, Transitions and Transactions V: Teaching Literature Among the Arts (see attached). Our fifth community college pedagogy conference will take place on April 24-25, 2020, at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY. We are pleased that we have established a community in which to share pedagogical ideas, challenges, rewards, concerns, and scholarship. Please note the deadline for submitting an abstract has been extended to January 15, 2020. We are putting together another dynamic conference and will send out additional information regarding speakers and events as soon as they are finalized.  Please disseminate the CFP among your colleagues and other departments you think would benefit from participating. 


We look forward to your participation in another successful conference. 




Joe Bisz and Stephanie Oppenheim and Manya Steinkoler

Transitions and Transactions V Planning Committee




We invite community college faculty to submit paper and panel proposals for the fifth Transitions and Transactionsconference presented by the English Department at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY on April 24-25, 2020. The Transitions and Transactions conference is dedicated to helping community college instructors flourish and excel as we envision, invent and expand our ideas of teaching given the demands of the community college population, the challenges and constraints specific to our profession, and the pressures of our particular historical moment.

At the 2020 Transitions and Transactions V conference, we will focus on “Teaching Literature Among the Arts,” raising critical questions and proposing creative ways of attending to aesthetic experience. With the defunding of arts and humanities, while aesthetic experience is the first casualty, it is also the topos for change, community building and political activism.  Foregrounding subjective experience, it stands as an antidote to the hegemonizing power of contemporary political discourse. Art allows for community to emerge. Our context calls on us to create new ways of engaging with our students critically and creatively in the historical moment we share with them.

The conference will address the questions and highlight the rewards particular to teaching literature among the arts at the community college level. We hope to create an environment where instructors share how they professionally, creatively and innovatively meet the challenges they face developing lessons for today’s diverse classrooms. How do the kindredarts enhance, expand, dialogue with, and partner with the teaching and study of literature?  How can teachers of literature use other art forms, and teachers in other art departments use literature, to augment the learning environment of the classroom?  

We look forward to engaging in dialogue that will lead to the improvement and enrichment of the teaching and learning of literature and all the arts at the two-year college. 


Topics may include, but are not limited to:


Modernism in Literature and the Visual Arts

Painting and Literature

Literature and Fashion

Opera and Text 

The Poetry of Hip Hop

Writing on Architecture

Adaptation of Literature to Film 

Musical Theater

Transpositions: Image to Word/Word to Image

Death and Its Representation

Music and Literature


Mixed Media


Cultural Studies

Hero Narratives and Comic Book Culture

Graphic Novels

Storytelling and Storyboarding


Museum Learning

Dance and Movement

Arts in the Composition Classroom

Podcasts and Auditory Storytelling




This is an interdisciplinary call extended to community college instructors and graduate students. Additional topics are welcome. The deadline for submissions has been extended to January 15, 2020.  Please include the name(s) of presenter(s), affiliation, email address, title of presentation, abstract of approximately 250 words, and a brief bio.  Send to:


Dr. Stephanie Oppenheim and Dr. Manya Steinkoler

Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY

English Department

199 Chambers Street

New York, NY 10007


You may register for the conference using the link below starting July 1, 2019.  If you can’t open it directly, please copy and paste the link into your browser. There will be a late registration fee of $10 for those who register at the conference itself.