CFP: Resisting the Canon Panel

Call for Participation: Resisting the Canon

On Wednesday March 7th, the Teaching and Learning Center will be hosting a panel discussion on strategies doctoral student instructors use to resist the canon in their teaching practices. We are seeking up to four panelists from a range of disciplines who will discuss the processes and politics surrounding text selection on their syllabi, navigating departmental requirements, and balancing voices and perspectives offered through the readings in which students are asked to undertake.

Ultimately, we are interested in finding panelists who can connect their relevant practical approaches to the goal of developing socially-conscious pedagogies.

To be considered for the panel, please email a blurb (about 250 words) describing your approach to text selection and resisting your the canon in your discipline. Also please include a short bibliography of texts you have used in your classroom. Deadline for submission is February 23rd by midnight to

Participants in the panel must have taught at least 2 courses at CUNY, and be able to articulate their pedagogical approach and experiences selecting non-canonical texts . Participants will be asked to present on their work for 15 minutes, and take part in a discussion following the presentation. The event is currently scheduled for 6-8pm on March 7th at the Graduate Center.

This panel is the third of a series of events hosted by the Teaching and Learning Center: on socially conscious pedagogy. The Developing Socially Conscious Pedagogy Educator Series was started by a group of GC graduate student educators seeking to increase dialogue at the GC about racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, ableism and other marginalizing forces and interlocking systems of oppression. These marginalizing social forces are produced and reproduced in academia, and manifest in multiple forms across the university, including our classrooms. This series seeks to engage-confront-disrupt-resist these systems by inviting educators’ participation in the exploration, imagination and commitment to socially-conscious practices. Previous events in this series included the Educator Positionality Mind Mapping workshop and the Developing a Socially Conscious Praxis workshop. The series will conclude with a collaborative teaching ‘zine meet up later in the spring semester.

If you are interested in being a panelist or have more questions please email TLC fellow Sakina Laksimi-Morrow