RuPedagogies of Realness: RuPaul’s Drag Race and Teaching and Learning

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Lindsay Bryde/ New England Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
contact email: 

This roundtable is a combined showcase of published work that began on a NeMLA panel and an opportunity to extend the conversation from the original panel and publication to look at the increasingly global enterprise of RuPaul’s Drag Race and its pedagogical power. Across its chapters, RuPedagogies of Realness: Essays on RuPaul’s Drag Race and Teaching and Learning (McFarland 2021) tackles issues from heterotopia, pop-linguistics, philosophies of co-productive learning, and televised curricula to cultural appropriation, sports as pedagogy, stand-up as pedagogy, and even digital drag…right into the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to sharing the published work in RuPedagogies, we are seeking panelists who would like to engage in conversation and debate regarding their own RuPedagogies: what and how do we learn through the lens of the series? Inversely, although perhaps more importantly, what and how does the series teach us?

The conference is being held by the Northeast Modern Language Association and will take place on March 10-13th, 2022 in Baltimore Maryland.

NeMLA uses a user-based system to process abstract submissions. Interested scholars should submit 250-word abstracts to co-chairs Lindsay Bryde and Tommy Mayberry through the NeMLA website using the link: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/User/SubmitAbstract/19384 

For questions about the new submission system, you can contact NeMLA web support here: websupport@nemla.org.Questions specific to the panel can be sent to Lindsay.Bryde@gmail.com.