CFP: Diversity in the German Syllabus (roundtable, NeMLA 2020, Boston, MA)

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
September 30, 2019
Location: 
Massachusetts, United States
Subject Fields: 
German History / Studies, Teaching and Learning, Women's & Gender History / Studies
Mona Eikel-Pohen, Syracuse University, meikelpo@syr.edu
Deadline: September 30, 2019
 

As we strive for more diversity, social justice, and student agency in the German curriculum, it might be helpful to discuss our wider notions and definitions of diversity as well as how we hope to integrate them into our teachings. But what do we consider to be diverse? What keeps us from succeeding in designing more diversified syllabi? What are the blind spots we create despite our best efforts? Where is our own awareness lacking and how do we find approaches to overcome this oversight? Can we really create a truly diverse syllabus, or does including one aspect involuntarily result in including another?


This roundtable session is looking for contributions that present their attempts in finding answers to these questions of the diversification of syllabi, texts, author-choices, and assignments, and an honest discussion of what works and what does not yet. 
Topics can include but are not limited to engaging and empowering foreign language teaching practices, student agency in creating syllabi and assignments, content-focused topics of diversity and social justice such as decolonization, disability, gender, gentrification, homelessness, migration, politics, and race.

We are looking for proposals discussing past, current and future syllabi, assignments, classroom activities, topics based on current and past classroom experiences, and projects. Panelists should also be willing to engage in a discussion with the intended audience.

 

As we strive for more diversity, social justice, and student agency in the German curriculum, it might be helpful to discuss our wider notions and definitions of diversity as well as how we hope to integrate them into our teachings. Topics can include but are not limited to engaging and empowering foreign language teaching practices, student agency in creating syllabi and assignments, and content-focused topics of diversity and social justice such as decolonization, disability, gender, gentrification, homelessness, migration, politics, and race. We are looking for proposals discussing past, current and future syllabi, assignments, classroom activities, topics based on current and past classroom experiences, and projects.

Contact Info: 
Mona Eikel-Pohen
Assistant Teaching Professor of German
Syracuse University
 
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