"Art, Performance and Experiential Learning in the History Classroom"

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Call for Papers
October 31, 2017
Saskatchewan, Canada
Subject Fields: 
Canadian History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, History Education, Social History / Studies, Teaching and Learning

"Art, Performance and Experiential Learning in the History Classroom"

We are looking for 3--4 papers for a panel we’re organizing (details below) for the Canaidan Historical Association (CHA) conference at Congress in Regina, SK May 28-30, 2018.

Please send abstracts (250 words) to devon.smither@uleth.ca by Oct. 31.


Devon Smither, Department of Art, University of Lethbridge

Beth Robertson, Department of History, Carleton University

As images have increasingly become a key way of interpreting and representing the social world, the ability to read and understand visual information has become of paramount pedagogic importance. The “visual turn” in History has also revealed the ways that using visual materials in teaching results in improved learning. How can History pedagogy be galvanized to improve students’ visual literacy and how are visuals being used in the classroom to teach history and what pedagogical and methodological challenges does this pose? How might the broader field of material culture allow for the integration of Indigenous experiences and perspectives? How can visual culture open up the possibility of decolonizing and indigenizing the curriculum and classroom?

We invite presenters to engage with any of the following:

  • Pedagogical approaches to teaching visual literacy;

  • Visual materials as pedagogical tools;

  • Visual learning models that foster critical historical thinking;

  • Interdisciplinary connections between art and performance with historical research and teaching;

  • How material culture and museum studies can contribute to a broader discussion on the historical representation.

Contact Info: 

Devon Smither, University of Lethbridge, devon.smither@uleth.ca

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