In an introduction to a 2017 special issue of American Literature, Carol Batker, Eden Osucha, and Augusta Rohrbach ask how our current political moment gives rise to new questions about the role of teaching and scholarship in American literary studies. The issue calls for the radical potential of intertwined scholarship and teaching that makes literary studies necessary to the work of unmasking the asymmetrical relations of power that persist in the academy. In response, our roundtable proposes an examination of feminist pedagogy practices, or a pedagogy that privileges collaboration and resists canonical syllabi to engage students in interdisciplinary projects of recovery and resistance. Panelists should connect research on the recovery of women’s negotiations in the literary marketplace to classroom explorations of women’s literary lives. The focus should address how collaborative teaching practices invite interdisciplinary approaches and value student-driven inquiry toward the recovery and resistance of the underrepresentation and oppression of women and other marginalized groups.
We envision this roundtable to consist of three presentations of two or three teachers per presentation, in which presenters discuss their shared experiences together. Collaborative pedagogy projects may engage work within or between disciplines and institutions, from any time period. Some questions to consider might include
- How does collaboration in the classroom deconstruct hierarchies as part of a feminist praxis?
- How might collaboration contribute to social change and social justice?
- How do collaborative projects open up conversations that resist marginalization originating from gender, racial, class, sexual, and religious oppressions?
- How can collaboration bridge disciplines and institutions?
- How do collaborative projects invest students in the process of recovery?
- How does a collaborative methodology illumine presences and absences?
- How does technology--from digital archives to Google docs--enhance access to collaboration?
Collaborative proposals must include the names and bios of all presenters. Please send 250-300 word proposals and bios to Amanda Stuckey (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Heather Fox (email@example.com) by February 9, 2018.