Event: PAMLA 2019
The purpose of this roundtable discussion group is to offer a cross section of various aspects of and approaches to teaching writing as a site of resistance. In the current social climate in which numerous tenets of a healthy democracy have been challenged and devalued, writing offers a space where we can articulate resistance, both as a political and ideological stance and a strategic and informed action. To that end, it is important to take a critical look at our classroom practices and examine how they posit writing as a way to reframe existing narratives and create powerful and inspiring sites of resistance. The roundtable discussion group welcomes 5-10 minute presentations that address some of the following questions: How do we cultivate and encourage in our classrooms a strong awareness of the social impact of writing? What are the modes of writerly resistance to exclusive and oppressive social practices and policies? What are some effective and productive classroom practices, assignments, and genres that help students develop a sense of agency and a strong awareness of writing as an impactful social activity? How do we establish and amplify the connection between writing, resistance, and critical action? How do we help students build communities on- and off-campus?
Please submit your proposals at the PAMLA website: