Call for Papers: Approaches to Teaching and Learning with Urban Spaces – NeMLA 2018

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
September 30, 2017
Location: 
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
Digital Humanities, Humanities, Linguistics, Literature, Teaching and Learning

 

Call for Papers: Approaches to Teaching and Learning with Urban Spaces

49th Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention
Convention Theme: "Global Spaces, Local Landscapes and Imagined Worlds"
April 12-15, 2018, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NeMLA Web Site: http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html

The late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries have been characterized by changes that led to increasing literary and cultural productions (e.g. narratives, short stories, poetry, films) about urban spaces and experiences (Fraser, 2015). First, the spatial turn in the humanities in the 1990s, defined as, the “recognition of how concepts of space bind history, culture, and memory” (Bodenhamer, 2007, p. 99) resulted in studies involving literary mapping and other geospatial approaches to texts in what had previously been a preoccupation with time/temporality in literary and cultural studies (Connor, 1989). Second, a focus on space and place occurred within a context of rapid globalization and movement and flows (Appadurai, 1996; 2013) of people, money, technology, media, and ideologies into cities (Sassen, 2001), with more than half of the world’s population now living in cities (United Nations, 2014).

The primary goal of this roundtable is to discuss and debate pedagogical approaches that meaningfully engage and connect students with urban spaces (local, global, imagined) in literature and cultural studies courses and foreign language classes. In so doing, the roundtable seeks to address a gap between the ever-expanding literary and cultural productions about cities and the need for faculty to be able to teach with and about urban spaces given the two profound changes described previously.         

Presenters in this roundtable could address the following questions:

1) What pedagogical approaches (for example: types of assignments, the use of digital tools/technologies for assignments about/in cities, online collaborations with students in different universities/colleges) have been used such that students meaningfully engage, interact, and examine urban spaces in language, literary, and cultural studies courses?

2) What were some of the major challenges of teaching and learning about and with urban spaces? How were these challenges addressed and overcome?

For questions, please contact Lee B. Abraham at lba2133@columbia.edu .

For information about the convention and the abstract submission process, please review http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers/submit.html

Please submit your 300-word abstract to https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17029 by September 30, 2017.

Meeting Description

A regional affiliate of the Modern Language Association (MLA), NeMLA provides a forum for the dissemination of scholarship and the advancement of teaching in modern languages and literatures. Every year, the NeMLA Convention affords NeMLA’s principal opportunity to carry on a tradition of lively research and pedagogical exchange. This four-day long event showcases different areas of inquiry and includes regular panels, roundtables, seminars, interactive workshops, special events, caucus meetings, literary readings, film screenings, and guest speakers.  Building on a rich tradition of excellence, the University at Buffalo supports the mission of NeMLA by serving as its institutional and administrative host. In addition, each NeMLA Annual Convention is sponsored by a local host institution.  The 49th NeMLA Annual Convention will take place April 12-15, 2018, in Pittsburgh, PA; it will be hosted by the University of Pittsburgh.

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