Roundtable on “Cross-pollination and Collective Action: Diversity and Decolonization across MLL”
Northeast Modern Languages Association (NeMLA) annual convention
Niagara Falls, NY
March 23 - 26, 2023
Submission Deadline: September 30, 2022
What is the state of diversity, decolonization, and the curriculum in the various Modern Languages and Literatures? How can we organize for collective action and change across the different contexts and language systems? How do we connect with critical race, gender, sexuality, migration, Indigenous, and disability studies, and how does this shape our curriculum design, pedagogy, and praxis so they are relevant to and transformational for our students?
We invite you to submit an abstract to address these urgent questions in the roundtable “Cross-pollination and Collective Action: Diversity and Decolonization across MLL”
When and where: 54th Annual NeMLA Convention, March 23-26, 2023, in Niagara Falls, NY
Language(s) taught: Any language, any level
Format: Roundtable - 3-10 participants give brief, informal presentations (5 minutes)
followed by an open conversation.
Submit your abstract here: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/19820 The deadline for abstracts is September 30, 2022. Acceptance notification by October 15th.
WHICH PRESSING QUESTIONS PROMPT THIS ROUNDTABLE?
In recent years, there has been a growing interest in diversity, decolonization, and antiracism work in the Modern Languages and Literatures (MLL) fields. Starting with the pioneering work of the group Diversity, Decolonization, and the German Curriculum (DDGC), other language fields followed steps with the founding, for example, of the Cosmopolitan Italies Collective in Italian Studies, and of the Diversity, Decolonization, and the French Curriculum (DDFC) group, plus several committees and working groups within professional organizations. This roundtable invites scholars, teachers, and activists across the MLL to share, examine, and critique ways in which the various fields of study have engaged in advancing decolonial practices, diversity, and antiracism in MLL. Questions might address but are not limited to:
- What is the state of the field regarding decolonial practices, diversity, and antiracism in the various MLL?
- What has been published, and what organizations and support networks exist?
- Which practices have proved conducive to sustain and advance the work of our groups?
- What questions and barriers are unique to each MLL, and which do we have in common?
- How can we organize for collective action and change across the different contexts and language systems?
- Who are our students, and what communities of students do our institutions serve?
- How do we center BIPOC student agency and foster inclusive learning communities?
- How do the voices and experiences of our students shape our curriculum design, pedagogy, and praxis so they are relevant to and transformational for our students?
- How do we decenter or mark unmarked whiteness?
- How do we connect with critical race, gender, sexuality, migration, Indigenous, and disability studies?
- How do we fight for just labor and ethical hiring practices?
- How do we disrupt gatekeeping practices in hiring and publishing?
- How do we expose peripheral diversity initiatives?
- What does collaboration with communities outside of academia look like?
HOW DO I SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT?
Submit your abstract here: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/19820 The deadline for abstracts is September 30, 2022. Acceptance notification by October 15, 2022.
Format and requirements
- Abstract title (100 characters max)
- Abstract (300-words limit)
- Brief bio (for the conference platform)
For questions, please contact the roundtable organizers, Maria S. Grewe (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Alessia Valfredini (email@example.com)
We look forward to reading the proposals and learning from the roundtable,
Maria and Alessia