Transformations: Special Issue: Teaching Through Testimony
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How are "truths" and "facts" produced and used? Testimony comes in many forms – autobiography, memoir, poetry, personal narrative, oral history, primary source material, historical documents, eyewitness accounts, and individual experiences. Using testimony as a pedagogical tool raises such questions as: How does one define subjectivity and objectivity? Who has the authority to speak and who is silenced? How do we theorize and analyze "experience”? What is the relationship between different experiences of trauma, both personal and historical? What is the role of community in the creation and validation of narratives of witness? What are the ethics of testimony? How are testimonial narratives mediated and represented?
The editors of Transformations seek articles (3,000 – 8,000 words) and media reviews (books, film, video, performance, art, music, etc. – 1,000 to 3,000 words) examining approaches to teaching testimony in a variety of contexts: creative writing, oral history, women’s and gender studies, anthropology, literature, history, psychology, sociology, art, photography, geography, religion, environmental studies, philosophy, working-class studies, ethnic studies, cultural studies, and others. Multidisciplinary approaches that focus on--or include--discussions of non-Western cultures are especially encouraged. Autobiographical criticism, narrative scholarship, photo-essays, and experimental work are welcome.
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Jacqueline Ellis and Edvige Giunta
Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy
New Jersey City University
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