21st Conference on Contemporary English and Language Arts Pedagogy

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Twenty-first Claflin University Conference on English and Language Arts Pedagogy in Secondary and Postsecondary Institutions (Virtual)

October 26-27, 2022




Maisha Wester
Maisha Wester is a British Academy Global Professor hosted at the University of Sheffield. She is author of African American Gothic: Screams from Shadowed Places as well as numerous essays and articles, and co-editor of Twenty-first Century Gothic. Her research focuses on racial representation in Gothic literature and Horror film, as well as on appropriations of Gothic and Horror tropes in sociopolitical discussions of race. For more, please see her website at: maishawestergothic.wordpress.com/


Dr. Lamar Johnson speaker

Dr. Lamar Johnson is an Associate Professor of Language and Literacy for Linguistic and Racial Justice in the Department of English at Michigan State University. His work explores the intricate intersections of language, literacy, anti-Black racism, Blackness, and education. He was the recipient of the 2017 Promising Researcher Award, the recipient of the 2018 Edwin M. Hopkins Award, and 2019 honorable mention for the Alan C. Purves Award all through the National Council of Teachers of English. His co-edited book edited with Drs. Gloria Boutte, Gwenda Greene, and Dywanna Smith, African Diaspora Literacy: The Heart of Transformation in K-12 Schools and Teacher Education, is published with Lexington Books and received the 2019 Critics’ Choice Book Award for the American Educational Studies Association. Dr. Johnson’s most recent book, Critical Race English Education: New Visions, New Possibilities, is published with Routledge Publishing Company. This book is a love letter to Black people, Black culture, and Blackness. 

The two-day conference is sponsored by the Claflin University Department of English. Pedagogy is the study and process of teaching. 

For more information contact Dr. Mitali Wong at wong@claflin.edu or pedagogyconference@claflin.edu.

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022                                                                              

Concurrent sessions (webinars on Zoom)

Plenary Session 1: 1 PM EST Plenary session speaker: Dr. Maisha Wester, British Academy Global Professor, School of English, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK.

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022                                                                                  

Concurrent sessions (webinars on Zoom)

Plenary Session 2: 11 AM EST Plenary session speaker: Dr. Lamar L. Johnson, Associate Professor, English Education, Department of English, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Panel proposals and paper abstracts are invited on best practices in teaching with a focus on reading, writing, digital literacies, access, and equity. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit papers. Abstracts are limited to a maximum of 250 words. Brief bios of 175 words are required. Electronic submissions are requested. Presentations should be limited to 15 minutes. Panels are limited to four (4) presenters per panel. Papers and panels are solicited on:

  • Contemporary Gothic films 
  • Contemporary Gothic literature 
  • Linguistic diversity & culturally informed pedagogy 
  • Models for international collaborations between either students or faculty
  • All aspects of studying and teaching literature (including World Literature and travel literature)
  • Creative writing/ Creative writing pedagogy
  • Composition pedagogy 
  • Teaching foreign languages

Please submit abstracts and bios at https://forms.office.com/r/4AyG3VZBbA

Receipt deadline: September 12, 2022

The registration fee for the conference is $25 for faculty members. The registration deadline is October 5, 2022. Online registration is required for all presenters. (The fee is waived for undergraduate and graduate students. International participants may apply for up to five free tickets per institution.) 

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