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CFP: Undisciplining the Victorian Classroom: Lesson Plans on Female POC Folklorists (Deadline: 9/15/2023)

Undisciplining the Victorian Classroom: Lesson Plans on Female POC Folklorists
Undisciplining the Victorian Classroom
Submission Deadline: September 15, 2023


Undisciplining the Victorian Classroom (UVC) announces a call for participants to create lesson plans for a cluster that models how to teach students about women of color's contributions to folklore studies as folklorists, translators, and creators/co-creators of folklore criticism, collections, or archives. Anyone with relevant teaching or research interests is encouraged to apply, but the organizers are especially interested in submissions from early-career scholars and those with backgrounds that are underrepresented in Victorian Studies.


UVC is a digital humanities project that reimagines how to teach Victorian Studies through a positive, race-conscious lens. UVC’s site was launched in 2021 and publishes a variety of pedagogical materials, including peer-reviewed syllabi, peer-reviewed lesson plans, peer-reviewed assessments, and Zoomcasts (i.e., video interviews with scholars engaged in important antiracist classroom work). The site has been well-received by Victorianists and has been peer-reviewed for Reviews in Digital Humanities.

UVC is looking for participants to produce peer-reviewed lesson plans for a cluster about women of color's contributions to folklore studies during the long nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (1800-1940). These lesson plans are organized in clusters around specific themes and aim to provide instructors with recommended texts (primary and secondary), critical questions, and pedagogical approaches that can be used in the classroom. UVC is seeking participants of any rank who can collaborate virtually to plan, create, and design lesson plans that instructors can adapt to their own teaching contexts. This work will be a collaborative, sustained, and rigorous effort to generate lesson plans that will be published on UVC's website as open-access resources. 

During this period, the first voices of colonized subjects often reached Western readers through folklore collections that white colonial administrators, folklorists, and amateurs compiled with the help of local coauthors/creators. The organizers are particularly interested in highlighting women of colors' achievements in this field and their work theorizing, transcribing, compiling, and adapting folktales. For this call, UVC invites participants who can create biographies, contextual materials, and suggested teaching activities about the following women: Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, Zitkala-Sa, Anna Liberata de Sousa, Emma Nakuina, Jovita Gonzalez, E. Pauline Johnson, and Charlotte Forten Grimké. UVC also invites suggestions of other female folklorists, folklore collections, or archives that would be of interest for this cluster. 

The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2023. Please submit a short CV and expression of interest with research and teaching specialties, experience with folklore studies, and interest in individual female folklorists to iohri@bu.edu. Visit the Undisciplining the Victorian Classroom site for examples of previous lesson plan clusters and and individual lesson plans.

Questions about this Call for Participants and the Undisciplining the Victorian Classroom initiative should be directed to Ryan Fong (Ryan.Fong@kzoo.edu) and Indu Ohri (iohri@bu.edu).

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