“Teaching With Archives”: Current and Past Pedagogical Practices (Roundtable)

deadline for submissions: 
October 11, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Grace Wetzel, Saint Joseph's University / NeMLA 2021 Virtual Convention
contact email: 

In “The Archival Turn’s Pedagogical Turn” (2017), Wendy Hayden has documented rich and “varied ways of teaching with archives” (134).  Possibilities include classroom incorporation of specific archival materials, assignments involving archival research, rhetorical analysis of archives, and opportunities for students to create archives.  This roundtable invites 5-10 minute presentations that share innovative approaches to integrating archives into the rhetoric, composition, or literature undergraduate classroom and that pose corresponding questions or present challenges for discussion.  This roundtable also invites presentations that consider ways in which teachers of the past—especially within extracurricular settings, often venues “for resistance that was not ordinarily available” in classrooms—have innovatively taught with archives (Schultz “Young Composers” 134).  What lessons might their past pedagogical practices offer our teaching today?  Roundtable contributors are particularly encouraged to consider: interrelations among archives, power relations, public memory, and pedagogy; what constitutes an archives; and the rhetoricity of archives.  Please visit https://cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18888 to submit an abstract by October 11, 2020.  For more information about the Northeast MLA 2021 Virtual Convention, please visit http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html