Text and their limits: call for teaching and learning presentations

deadline for submissions: 
May 31, 2021
full name / name of organization: 

extended deadline for abstracts: please submit ASAP

Australian universities have been recently criticized in the media for failing to provide a world-class humanities undergraduate curriculum, in ways that appear to have a domino effect on the teaching of English in secondary schools. In the humanities, our universities lack the faculty numbers of their overseas counterparts and are vulnerable to government disinterest.

These issues and recent shocks such as the shift to online learning due to the pandemic, reduced tutorial support, and the promotion of STEM and vocationally-focused learning have triggered a new reflectiveness about teaching and learning, particularly in the subject of English.

The organisers of Texts and Their Limits, Australia’s triennial literary studies convention, welcome proposals for presentations and workshops that address this situation of university and secondary English teaching and that focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning. In particular, we wish to cultivate opportunities for dialogue between secondary and tertiary teachers of English.

We welcome proposals from teachers, teacher-educators, and scholars of English that focus on present and future challenges for teachers and learners in our field including but not limited to:
-the impact of policy frameworks
-literary studies and the threats to the Humanities
-the changing shape of education
-challenges for teachers and learners, and for teacher-educators
-changes to practices of reading and writing
-the digital sphere, twenty-first century skills, and new approaches to teaching and assessment
-collaborations across sectors and disciplines

Hosts ASAL https://www.asal.org.au/, AULLA http://www.aulla.com.au, AUHE http://auhe.org/ and AAL https://aalorg.wordpress.com/ would be delighted to see you at Australia's premier literary studies convention.

Further information is available via the convention website:

We look forward to reading your proposals, and seeing you in July.