The Medium is the Lesson: Using Literature, Film, and New Media to Teach Politics

Robert W. Glover, de l’université James Madison (USA), lance un appel à communication intitulé : « The Medium is the Lesson: Using Literature, Film, and New Media to Teach Politics » Celui-ci entend donc évaluer l’apport de modes d’expressions s’écartant du seul « textuel » dans le processus de « compréhension de l’inujustice, de la souffrance humaine et de l’humiliation ». Des études portant sur la bande dessinée seraient ainsi certainement les bienvenues et aucun article n’a, à notre connaissance, pleinement abordé le sujet. Cet axe semble d’autant plus fructueux que nombre d’œuvres, comme par exemple La seconde guerre mondiale de Pierre Dupuis, adoptent un parti-pris didactique (organisation chronologique du récit, larges récitatifs explicitant les événements représentés…) qu’il y a lieu d’expliciter plus avant et de confronter avec des travaux constituant de véritables témoignages (comme Gen d’Hiroshima) ou s’inscrivant dans un registre pathétique mettant l’accent sur une souffrance physique et morale (pensons à l’œuvre de Jacques Tardi). Si nos lecteurs ont d’autres suggestions, nous les invitons à nous les communiquer avant le 1er mars 2011, date de remise des propositions.

A variety of « texts » may be deployed in the classroom for the purposes of exposing students to narratives of injustice, political struggle, power and domination, and democratic contestation. Textbooks and lecture constitute one such text. Yet what is particularly noteworthy in human history is the tremendous power of literature, film, and other forms of narrative to elevate our understanding of an injustice, of human suffering and humiliation, while igniting our desires to alleviate such societal shortcomings. The educational intent of such mediums is, almost by definition, less implicit than « traditional » materials yet their power to move the « reader » is often more profound. Furthermore, as technological media proliferate, we potentially gain yet another mechanism through which to teach our students about their contemporary political reality.

Thus, literature, film, and new forms of media present tremendous opportunities for teaching students about politics. Yet the concrete ways that we might utilize such « texts » within our classrooms remain under-researched in political science scholarship. How might we structure our engagement with « non-traditional texts » such as literature, film, art, and new media in ways that maximize their potential to spur critical thinking and intellectual growth among our students? What dangers and obstacles accompany such unorthodox pedagogical methods? These questions have yet to be dealt with in a systematic way.

With these opportunities and gaps in mind, the editors invite submission of abstracts for an edited volume on the use of literature, film, and new media (broadly defined) in political science pedagogy. In particular we are interested in chapter-length pieces that examine innovative and non-traditional « texts » within the political classroom including: literature, art, film, theatre, music, advertising, simulations and role-playing, as well as internet resources such as YouTube and social networking media. We welcome submissions from all sub-fields of political science and government as well as related disciplines, and support a methodologically pluralistic approach to exploring the questions above. In addition, we welcome submissions covering teaching at all levels of higher education, from introductory surveys to graduate seminars. A publication timetable has not yet been set. Interested authors should contact the editors via email with any questions or to submit their abstracts.

Details

• Deadline for sending abstracts: March 1, 2011.

• Length of abstract: 350 words.

• Abstracts should be e-mailed to Robert W. Glover  (gloverrw@jmu.edu) and Daniel Tagliarina (daniel.tagliarina@uconn.edu)

Robert W. Glover

Dept. of Justice Studies

James Madison University

90 Bluestone Drive, MSC 1205

Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Email: gloverrw@jmu.ed

Daniel Tagliarina

Dept. of Political Science

University of Connecticut

341 Mansfield Rd. U-1021

Storrs, CT 06269

Email: gloverrw@jmu.edu


Benoît Berthou

Université Paris 13, LABSIC Directeur de la revue Comicalités. Etudes de culture graphique Rédacteur en chef des Carnets de la bande dessinée

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Benoît Berthou

Université Paris 13, LABSIC Directeur de la revue Comicalités. Etudes de culture graphique Rédacteur en chef des Carnets de la bande dessinée

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