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CFP: Critical Librarianship and Pedagogy Symposium

By sgodbey on September 25, 2015 3:09 PM | Permalink

The first ever Critical Librarianship and Pedagogy Symposium will be taking place February 25-26, 2016 in Tucson, AZ at the University of Arizona. Please see our recently-released CFP below, deadline for proposals is October 15, 2015. More information will be shared soon. Hope you can join us!


This symposium is an effort to connect ongoing discourse surrounding critical pedagogy and higher education between academic librarian educators, disciplinary faculty, and other campus instructors. Teaching information literacy is a highly collaborative act between librarians and disciplinary faculty--and with shared needs such as supporting diversity and an instilling awareness of inequality and privilege on our campuses; understanding the neoliberal influences grasping a hold over curriculum and the inner-workings of academia; and implementing our most effective teaching for learning that embodies the whole student--exploring critical pedagogy should be a shared conversation between these groups.

Often critical theory, and subsequently critical pedagogy, can be viewed with hesitation, feeling overwhelming and even off-putting to many. With this symposium, we hope to make critical pedagogy more accessible to all, discussing a range of theory, practice, and praxis in common language, in order to have shared discussions.

This conference will include proposal-based sessions, keynotes, workshops, and an unconference spread across the two days. More details coming soon. We invite proposals for sessions that will take place on February 25, 2016 of the symposium in any of the following formats:

·         Presentations and/or panels, 50min.

·         Facilitated roundtable discussions, 50min.

·         Workshops, 50min.

·         Lightning talk sessions, 10min. per person

Some suggested topics include:

·         Praxis: applying pedagogical theory to practice (related to critical theory, Critical Race Theory, Queer Theory, feminist pedagogy, etc.)

·         Diversity, anti-racism, student identities, or white privilege in teaching/learning

·         Power and “empowerment” in the classroom

·         Assessment and critical praxis

·         Neoliberalism in higher education

·         Criticism of critical pedagogy

·         Identity and role of librarians as educators through a critical lens

Please submit proposals at our Google form by October 15, notification by October 20, 2015.