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Interdisciplinary Humanities: Upcoming Issues
Spring 2019: Bridging the Gap? Digital Media in the Literature Classroom
Guest Editors: Kristin Lucas and Cameron McFarlane (Nipissing University)
Much has been written about pedagogy in the wired classroom, and recent studies suggest that the humanities are revitalized when media is incorporated into undergraduate teaching (e.g. Allen, Brackman, Kirwin, Kunze, Laflen, Wanko). This work is often anchored in the belief that “digital natives” learn differently from the previous generation of students (e.g. Gaston; Levin and Arafeh; Oblinger, Oblinger and Lippincott; Prensky), and tends to follow one of two divergent narratives about student dis/engagement. On one hand, 21st-century students are self-motivated multi-taskers used to knowledge communities in which learning is actively produced rather than passively consumed; on the other hand, 21st-century students are passive consumers trained by the prevailing digital culture to seek instant gratification and turn off when it is not forthcoming. The conclusion to both of these narratives is the same: get media into your class if you want to engage students. The scholarly focus on media and technology maps efforts to create a dynamic classroom that at its best enriches university teaching and learning. But the long-standing interest in media as a means to reach students and enhance delivery also points to an absence in current scholarship, which has not been attentive to that same media as content in the literature classroom.
To remedy this absence, we seek to bring together a series of essays that merge pedagogical practice with a critical consideration of the question: What is the role of media other than the printed text in the humanities classroom? When we have students take a virtual tour of The Globe Theatre, watch a clip from The Tudors, or Dangerous Liaisons, make a fan vid based, listen to a podcast, or blog, what is the goal? One of the most common analogies, even when it is not used expressly, suggests that such media serves as a kind of bridge that helps students to connect with a text, idea, or historical period. It is a compelling analogy, to be sure, and one that speaks to the topic we are proposing. For if the bridge analogy is common and compelling, it is also potentially misleading. What is the nature of a bridge (film, video game, television series, digital environment) that turns us, at least temporarily, away from our first destination, the topic of study? To what extent does the bridge not simply enable engagement but delimit and determine the terms of that engagement? Does the bridge cease to be a bridge once we acknowledge its status as content?
Cognizant of the earliest lessons of Media Studies, which insisted that form is neither neutral nor second-order in the creation of meaning, this special issue will provide a practical and critical consideration of the role of media in humanities courses and classrooms. The chosen essays will consider not only address how media is incorporated but also assess why it is included and what is achieved by doing so. We aim to include essays that address the role of media in teaching a wide range of humanities disciplines, including (but not limited to) literature, history, art, music and classical studies.
Summer 2019: 2018 HERA conference issue
Fall 2019: Art, Activism and the Practice of Dissent
Guest Editors: Wendy Chase and Elijah Pritchett
Recently there has been a surge in art activism as creators and performers respond to the uptick of injustice, inequality, and authoritarianism around the world. In the wake of the Gezi Taksim protests, public performance and graffiti art exploded throughout Instanbul; Syrian artists have been documenting their pain and satirizing Assad’s brutal regime through digital art, posters, and graffiti since 2011; in Russia, Pussy Riot staged unsanctioned guerrilla concerts against the authoritarian practices of Vladimir Putin; in China, Ai Weiwei and Jacob Applebaum stuffed panda bears with shredded NSA documents and embedded micro chips containing sensitive information in them, distributing some to institutions where they would be protected as art objects. Adding urgency to this trend, the Trump administration’s recent travel ban prompted MOMA to rehang part of its permanent collection with work by artists from the seven targeted nations. Following a fractious election year and in the face of an uncertain political/social future, it seems protest has again been mobilized, and with it the art of activism, as gestures of aesthetic resistance are endowed with a renewed sense of energy and purpose.
This edition of Interdisciplinary Humanities will explore the complex terrain of artistic dissent and activism as both a contemporary practice and a tradition. How is artistic dissent visualized, enacted, performed, disseminated? In what ways have artists responded--in various cultural contexts and from various subject positions--to authoritarianism, income inequality, environmental, racial and sexual injustice? How do artists, curators, and academics situate themselves within broader movements of dissent, activism and culture at large? How do modern strategies of dissent replicate, or diverge from, earlier approaches to artistic resistance? And ultimately, how effective is artistic dissent? We invite scholars, artists and activists to contribute papers that relate to these or related questions in the areas of art, activism and dissent. Inquiries and submissions should be sent to Wendy Chase at firstname.lastname@example.org and Elijah Pritchett at email@example.com.
Spring 2020: Motherhood in the Arts
Guest Editor: Lee Ann Westman
Deadline for submissions: March 1, 2020.
The spring 2020 issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities examines how mothers and motherhood has been represented in fine art, crafts, literature, music, theatre, and popular culture. We invite essays that consider motherhood archetypes in the arts, mothers of color in the arts, immigrant mothers in the arts, queer mothers in the arts, representations of surrogate mothers and mothers who have adopted, motherhood on social media, motherhood memoirs and blogs, representations of mothers in art and photography, the absent mother and/or the step-mother in film and television, and more. Inquiries and submissions should be sent to Lee Ann Westman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer 2020: 2019 HERA Conference Issue
Fall 2020: Latinx Identities
The Journal of Interdisciplinary Humanities invites abstracts on the status of academic research and interest regarding individuals and communities that identify as Latinx, for consideration in a special issue focused on Latinx identities. This scope of this special issue is intended to be broad and inclusive of diverse methodologies, theories, and approaches. Below are listed some possible topics that may be addressed in the abstracts:
- Race and ethnicity
- Identity formation and the media
- Transnational activism/resistance and the media
- Movements and flows of people and diasporas: local, regional, national, and international
- Technological and digital presences
- Media, citizenship, and belonging
- Immigration and Family
- Naming Latinx communities
- Latino subjectivities and experiences in academia
- Afro-Latinidades and Indigenous Latinidades / non-mestizo Latino identities
- Histories of race and racialization
- Cross-racial coalition-building
- Intra-group tensions, regionalism, ethno-nationalism
- Latino histories in the curriculum
- Latina feminisms
- Recovering Latino histories/identities
- Neoliberalism, immigration, and labor
- The end of the wet foot, dry foot policy
- Latinx religiosity and spirituality, contemporary and historical
- Latinx representation in the US Census
- Latinx political participation and engagement
- Urban planning and gentrification
- Latinx art, literature, music, media, and culture
The list included above is meant to give a sense of the types of scholarship that will be included in the special issue. The deadline for abstract submission is July 1, 2020 and decisions on publication will not be made until the full drafts are in and have been peer reviewed. The guest editors will invite full texts by July 31, 2020; the full drafts will be due on December 1, 2020. The review process for all submissions will be double-blind.
The abstracts should be 400 to 500 words in length. A brief autobiographical blurb should accompany the abstract.
The guest editors of this special issue are Dr. Bonnie Lucero (email@example.com), Dr. Orquidea Morales (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Dr. Ed Cueva (email@example.com). Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Spring 2021: PENDING
Fall 2021: Myth and Art
Deadline for Submissions: July 1, 2021
Guest Editors: Edmund Cueva and Anna Tahinci
“Myth and Art” will explore the interrelation of the multiple functions of myth, literature, and art. The main approach will be inter-textual and inter-media in nature and the contributors will grapple with and attempt to answer several questions: How do artists incorporate myths into their own works of art? How are the combinations of myth and art interpreted by ancient and modern day spectators? Are there differences and similarities in those interpretations? What factors (psychological, religious, political, financial, etc.) influenced the selection of the myth and the artistic medium? Although the overarching theme of this special issue is to determine why artists selected certain myths and rejected others, universal themes will be included within their historical, political, economic, sociological, conceptual, and aesthetic contexts. For example, understanding art in conjunction with literature will enable the contributors to write about the true meaning of humanity and how one maintains personal freedom and dignity in an increasingly technological world. In addition to making the readers of the special issue cognizant of the role of art and literature in their lives, they will also be motivated to think, to find new ways of problem solving, and to build a strategy for argumentation through myth and art.
Please note: The Humanities Education and Research Association, Interdisciplinary Humanities’ parent organization, requires that authors become members of HERA if their essays are accepted for publication. Information on membership may be found HERE.
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