Critical Pedagogies

The Cultural Studies Association’s Working Group on Critical Pedagogies invites submissions for a panel and a workshop to be constituted for the 15th Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association.

Panel on Critical Pedagogies

Critical pedagogues work, teach, and organize in the context of debt, both as a topic to be examined and explored in the classroom and in activist and organizing efforts and as a lived reality. Cultural studies pedagogues examine and teach about debt in a variety of ways, as a cultural phenomenon, a policy issue, a weapon, a cause of structural inequality, a catalyst for social movements, and a quality of neoliberal policy. Simultaneously, we experience firsthand the financialization of the university and personal debt accumulated as a result of precarious employment as contingent faculty members or as graduate students or recent alumni saddled with student debt. Our students likewise simultaneously experience the corporatization and financialization of the university and the burden of student debt.

In the spirit of the conference theme, we seek papers that address the intersection of debt and critical pedagogies. We are interested in perspectives from pedagogues working both inside and outside of the university. Panelists might address questions like the following:

  • How are critical pedagogues addressing debt in the classroom and in community organizing efforts? How are they connecting theoretical discussion of debt with their own lived experiences and the experiences of their students?

  • How have critical pedagogues responded to or assisted efforts by students to speak out about or combat student debt? How should they respond to these efforts?

  • How does one teach the student debt crisis, the history and theoretical underpinnings of current policy approaches to debt, and other current debt-related crises?

  • What pedagogical methods of addressing or combating debt have been most effective? Which have failed and why?

  • What particular contributions can cultural studies make to answering or addressing pedagogical questions about debt?

While we are especially interested in proposals that address the intersection of debt and critical pedagogies, we will also consider any proposal that addresses critical pedagogies from a cultural studies perspective.

Participants must be current members of the Cultural Studies Association.

If you are interested in participating in the panel, please submit your proposal by
February 1, 2017 after logging in to the Cultural Studies Association’s site (www.culturalstudiesassociation.org) and accessing the submission system. Please indicate that you are applying to the Critical Pedagogies Panel.

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Critical Pedagogies Workshop

We seek proposals to test classroom assignments, exercises, and other activities informed by critical pedagogies in a workshop environment. This workshop will offer each participant a few minutes to contextualize one exercise or activity and then test it with the other workshop participants and receive feedback. We seek participants whose curriculum and pedagogical approach is informed by cultural studies. We are especially interested in proposals that involve alternative or non-traditional approaches to teaching and welcome activities designed for a non-academic setting.

Participants must be current members of the Cultural Studies Association.

If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please submit your proposal by February 1, 2017 after logging in to the Cultural Studies Association’s site (www.culturalstudiesassociation.org) and accessing the submission system. Please indicate that you are applying to the Critical Pedagogies Workshop.

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Questions? Contact the Co-Chairs of the Working Group on Critical Pedagogies, Sara Mitcho (smitcho@masonlive.gmu.edu) and Gail Taylor (gdtwriter@gmail.com).

 

Co-Chair: Gail Taylor

Co-Chair: Sara Mitcho

The Critical Pedagogies Working Group includes a focus on culture and education, cultural pedagogy, and the curriculum of cultural studies. Pedagogy, broadly conceived and critically understood in this context concerns a wide range of issues taken up in cultural studies including but not limited to mass media, popular culture, subculture, public culture, nationhood, postcolonialism, political economy, identity, race, class, gender, sexuality.

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