Pedagogy: Considering Diversity/Inclusion in the English Curriculum

deadline for submissions: 
October 1, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Charles A. S. Ernst / College English Association
contact email: 

COLLEGE ENGLISH ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE, Birmingham, Alabama, 52nd Annual Conference

Birmingham Sheraton Hotel, 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham, Alabama 35203, 1-855-516-1090

                                                                                       April 8-10, 2021

250- to 500-word proposals, with title, for 15-minute papers/presentations on pedagogical considerations of diversity/inclusion issues in the English curriculum.  Papers should address topics like the following:  curricular concerns and imaginative solutions to the development of courses treating ethnic literatures, spiritual orientations, and/or gender-identity readings; selection of materials and modes of presentation; multicultural vs. canonical (and whose canon?); balancing of aesthetic, social, and political issues; multiculturalism and civic engagement/social justice through composition work &/or literary study; managing difficult discussions in the classroom; the impact of diversity issues and concerns, such as Black Lives Matter or the Me Too movement, on students’ writing life and identity &/or on encouraging empathic reading; and the challenges and rewards of a diverse curriculum.  In this context, considerations of diversity/inclusion in the Covid classroom are also welcome.  The presentation should be integrated with current scholarship regarding the ongoing critical conversation on diversity/inclusion issues within the discipline. 


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