We are co-editing a section on performance and pedagogy for the inaugural issue of a refereed journal, Transpositions, at the University
of Missouri--Kansas City, to be published in September 2000. Although
recent critical theory has facilitated our understanding of pedagogy as a
social practice, contemporary educational models continue to rely on
language-based approaches to learning. The inclusion of the moving body
itself in the classroom experience is often overlooked. We seek
submissions that address the dynamics of the body and performance in the
classroom, explorations involving a reinstatement of the body in classroom
practices, and the potential of performance-based approaches to pedagogy.
Some suggested topics include:
* Ways in which performance pedagogy impacts on current issues in the
social and transcultural dilemmas facing education today.
* An inquiry into how the interrelationships between performance, the
multiple intelligences, and the arts offer new approaches to critical pedagogy.
* Discussions about how the body-especially the moving, active, and engaged body-can transform the pedagogical experience of the usually "passive" student.
* Discussions about and evaluations of specific techniques regarding
performance practices in the classroom.
* An analysis of how varying disciplines, such as the performing arts,
educational theories and philosophy, and ethnography, impact upon the
development of performance pedagogies.
* Case studies of individual teachers, schools, and universities
implementing alternative & performative modalities. These discussions can
be simultaneously anecdotal, theoretical, and comparative.
* In a broad sense, definitions of and reflections on performance and how it enhances the learning experience.
Essays for the section can range from 2500 words to 7000 words.
Two copies of complete articles, a 500-word abstract, and short bio must
reach us before September 27. Proposals and inquires are welcome at any
point in the process. The editors can be reached by e-mail or by telephone.
Ann Axtmann, Ph.D.
Gallatin School of Individualized Study
New York University
715 Broadway (807E)
NY, NY 10003-6806
Tel. (718) 834-0714
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