Place-based Pedagogies in Urban Environments: Teaching in, with, and of the City

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
NeMLA 2024 (Boston)
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NeMLA 2024: Boston, March 7-10, Sheraton Back Bay

This session is a panel (3-4 participants, each presenting a formal paper of 15-20 minutes, plus Q&A).
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Place-based or experiential pedagogies have long been expanding in the university, and, particularly when coupled with service-learning components, are appearing on many university vision statements and strategic plans. We seek papers that explore the issues of urbanism theoretically or more practically, taking as a starting point a student studying about the city in which they are, in fact, studying. From there, we hope to explore any of the following issues:

  1. What are the intersections between place-based pedagogies and antiracism? How can experiential learning enrich students’ understandings of race and structural racism in cities today?

  2. What is the relationship between urban place-based explorations and students’ sense of community within the classroom, on campus, and across the city?

  3. How can faculty address real urban challenges, including addiction, homelessness, entrenched issues of inequity, and more, in a way that is sensitive and avoids the problems of voluntourism, white saviors, and dehumanization?

  4. What are students’ experiences with urban place-based learning projects, and how do they identify growth, both personally and intellectually? 

We welcome papers from faculty who bring multiple identities to bear on these topics.

Submit abstracts through the NeMLA portal:

Contact Christina Michaud ( with questions.