CFP: Feminist Pedagogy in Digital Spaces: An Electronic Roundtable
Organized by the Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession
MLA Convention, New York City, January 4-7, 2018 (proposals due March 10)
Digital spaces present a number of challenges to feminist discourses: platforms such as Twitter suffer from design affordances that amplify trolling and harassment, unmoderated online forums can easily become havens for misogynist discourse, and being visible as a woman online is associated with sexual harassment and continual microaggressions. The recent election and its aftermath have particularly brought attention to the discursive challenges faced in the context of charged, intersectional, feminist debate. However, digital spaces are increasingly sites of learning, from massively online courses to online and mixed mode learning conducted in learning management systems such as Blackboard and Canvas. We will examine methods for integrating feminist discourse into digital pedagogy while considering the challenges of accessibility and inclusion.
This roundtable intersects with previous conversations surrounding digital pedagogy at the MLA, but makes explicit the challenges that traditional digital humanities assumptions present for marginalized voices and feminist discourse. As a digital roundtable, this session will include a short overview with interactive digital display stations for each participant to engage with small groups in dialogue throughout the event. We invite proposals of 250-300 words addressing:
Tools and strategies for creating intersectional feminist spaces within existing learning management systems
Successful (and unsuccessful!) uses of technology in literature and writing curriculum
Digital projects (such as games and web resources) designed to support intersectional feminist pedagogy
Social media-based experiments or exercises designed for deployment in the literature or writing classroom
Products and methods for critical making as part of intersectional feminist pedagogy
Presenters should include specific information on what they plan to share as part of their digital display. Please email your submissions to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by March 10th.
The Edith Wharton Society seeks to fill up to two Member-at-Large positions on its Executive Board for the 2017-19 term. If you are interested in serving, please send your name and a brief biographical statement (one paragraph) to the EWS Secretary, Jennifer Haytock, at email@example.com by March 30, 2017. We will hold elections after that date, and the two candidates who receive the most votes will serve.
In order to encourage broad participation, the EWS particularly encourages new nominations. Candidates must be members in good standing of the Edith Wharton Society. Membership dues can be paid here:
The Society’s by-laws, which outline the responsibilities of the Members at Large, can be found here:
Interested persons may also contact any current Board member for more information.
Callaloo invites papers for a special issue devoted to the life and work of the late poet, fiction writer, playwright, and scholar, Sherley Anne Williams, guest edited by Wendy W. Walters (Emerson College).
Sherley Anne Williams was a talented author/scholar, publishing in many genres. Her novel, Dessa Rose,preceded Toni Morrison’s Beloved by one year and has been read as an inaugural example of the neo-slave narrative genre. Her short fiction is anthologized in multiple collections. Williams’ first book of poetry, The Peacock Poems (Wesleyan 1975), was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. Her second poetry book, Some One Sweet Angel Chile (William Morrow 1982) was also nominated for a National Book Award, and she received an Emmy Award for a televised performance of these poems. Her prose poem, “Letters from a New England Negro,” published in Iowa Review, became a one-woman drama, which was performed at several important theatre festivals. A theatrical version of Williams’s novel, Dessa Rose, was performed as an off-Broadway musical in 2005. She also published two children’s books in the 1990s.Working Cotton received both a Caldecott Award and a Coretta Scott King Book Award. Her second children’s book, Girls Together, was published in 1999.
As Mae Henderson wrote in her memorial tribute in Callaloo, “her achievements betoken the legacy this generation will pass on to its survivors. Our community is a poorer place without Sherley Anne Williams; our inheritance, a richer one because of her song:
These is old blues
and I sing em like any woman do.
These is old blues
and I sing em, sing em, sing em. Just like any woman do.
My life ain’t done yet
Naw. My song ain’t through.”
New essays on any aspect of Sherley Anne Williams’ writing are sought, from a variety of critical and interpretive perspectives. Specific topics and themes may include, but are not limited to:
– blues idioms; language; orality; music
– gender studies; black womanist theory
– depictions of nature; ecocritical readings
– sexuality and the erotic
– dramatic collaborations; adaptation of poetry to stage/screen
– Working Cotton, and Girls Together, and multicultural children’s literature
– working class literature; agricultural labor
– reconsidering the neoslave narrative; historical/archival revision
– Williams’s influences; intertextuality
– sisterhood; family bonds
– geography; migration; diaspora
– critical race theory
Callaloo Submission Guidelines:
Manuscripts must be submitted online through the Callaloo manuscript submission system by August 1, 2017. Please see the submission guidelines here:
http://callaloo.expressacademic.org/login.php. In order to submit a manuscript, you must register with the online system. The registration process will only take a few minutes. All manuscripts will follow the usual review process for submissions, and the Callaloo editor makes all final editorial decisions. Please note all manuscripts must follow the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd Edition) and include in-text citations, a works cited, and endnotes for any commentary.
Wendy W. Walters is a Professor in the department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing, at Emerson College, Boston, teaching courses in African American and African diaspora literature and culture. She is the author of two books, Archives of the Black Atlantic: Reading Between Literature and History (Routledge, March 2013), and At Home in Diaspora: Black International Literature (U of Minnesota, 2005). She has also published articles in Callaloo, American Literature, African American Review, Novel, and MELUS.
Call for Papers for the 2018 Margaret Fuller Society panel at the Modern Language Association convention, January 4-7, 2018 in New York City: MARGARET FULLER: NEW CRITICAL APPROACHES. Such as: Gender fluidity; Queer Theory; Environmental Criticism; Affect and Public Feeling; Transnational mobility; Critical Race Studies; New Feminist Materialism; the New Aesthetics. 250-500 word abstract and short vita by March 20, 2017 to Jeffrey Steele, firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries welcome.