Teaching African American Literature and Culture


A one-day, HEA-sponsored event on 10th January will open up conversations about the place of African American literature within teaching. To register please email Jenny Terry (j.a.terry@durham.ac.uk) by 6th January.

Teaching African American Literature and Culture is intended to open up conversations about the place of African American literature within teaching, and within teaching in different contexts. It will foster reflection on Higher Education pedagogical approaches, the politics of teaching, cultural canons, and the possibilities and pitfalls of the appeal of African American literature to students.

Programme

9.30 Welcome

9.45 Janine Bradbury (University of Sheffield/York St John University) ‘We Are Here: A Case Study in Using African American Literature in BME Widening Participation at the University of Sheffield’

10.30 Leila Kamali (Birkbeck, University of London) ‘The Callaloo Conference at Oxford University (November 2013): Implications for Teaching African American Literature in the UK’

Tessa Roynon (St Peter’s College, Oxford University) ‘Teaching African American Literature at Oxford: Challenges and Opportunities’

11.30 Coffee/Tea and Cake

12.00 Nicole King (Higher Education Academy) ‘Allegories of Teaching and Learning’

Reading and small group activity

13.00 Lunch

13.45 Rachel Farebrother (Swansea University) ‘Teaching African American Literature and Culture: the Problem of the Anthology’

Rachel van Duyvenbode (University of Sheffield) ‘“White Like Me”: Reflections on Teaching Whiteness in/through/with/against African American Literature’

14.45 Alan Rice (University of Central Lancashire) Riffing on the Black Atlantic through a sea of colour: A model of total student immersion through music, dramaturgy, art, history, literature and museum studies

15.30 Closing thoughts and suggestions, chaired by Jenny Terry (Durham University)

16.00 Finish

Registration Details

This event will be free to attend but registration by January 2014 is necessary. To register please email Jenny Terry j.a.terry@durham.ac.uk.

‘Teaching African American Literature and Culture’ will be held in the Seminar Room on the ground floor of Hallgarth House, Durham University, 77 Hallgarth Street, Durham, DH1 3AY. This building is number 33 on the university map.

The event is sponsored by the Higher Education Academy and the Department of English Studies, Durham University.

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