CFP: Race in Core

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Call for Papers
April 11, 2019 to April 14, 2019
New Mexico, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Composition & Rhetoric, Classical Studies, History Education

As the demographics of the US shift, colleges and universities are becoming more racially diverse. At the same time, issues of race, and racism, are now in the news every day. Core and General Education programs must keep pace with these changes. We invite papers that speak to the increasing need for core curricula informed by the real world of our students, in class and out. Selected papers will comprise panels, organized by the Intellectual Heritage Program at Temple University, for submission to the 2019 Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses. 


·How can race prove a productive analytical category for core courses?

·In what ways does ancient thinking about race and ethnicity differ from our own, or remain influential today?

·What “great books” by authors of color have been excluded from the canon, and what is the best way to integrate these books into our classes?

·How might core courses help to unsettle too-easy distinctions between “eastern,” “western,” and “southern” cultural traditions?

·How can we foreground themes of human difference in core texts?

·How can we make canonical core texts reflect the lived experiences of students from non-white, non-European backgrounds?


Any and all proposals germane to this topic are welcome. Please send proposals to Genevieve Amaral at

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Genevieve Amaral, PhD

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