Call for Syllabus Clusters: Undisciplining the Victorian Classroom

Undisciplining the Victorian Classroom (UVC) is a digital humanities project that reimagines how to teach Victorian Studies through a positive, race-conscious lens. Our site launched in 2021 with the publication of peer-reviewed syllabi, peer-reviewed lesson plans, and Zoomcasts (i.e., video interviews with scholars engaged in important antiracist classroom work). The site has since been well-received by Victorianists and has as a whole been peer-reviewed for Reviews in Digital Humanities.

We are seeking syllabus clusters to publish on our website that align with the mission of UVC. The syllabus clusters should include 2–4 syllabi from different contributors that are organized around a central theme. Each syllabus and the cluster as a whole should expand the geographical, temporal, and/or methodological boundaries of Victorian Studies. The syllabi should also be innovative and original, as well as antiracist, antiableist, and anticolonialist in content and/or form. For reference, please feel free to consult the syllabus clusters that already appear on our site.

While the submitted syllabi should feature material or ideas from the Victorian era, the syllabi do not need to be for courses that exclusively focus on the nineteenth century. Syllabi can be from courses already taught, revised versions of previously used syllabi, or for courses that have been designed but not yet deployed in a classroom (in-person or virtual). Syllabi can also target different levels of students (undergraduates/graduates, majors/non-majors).

We have a simple submission process. For this Call for Syllabus Clusters, we request a proposal (500-750 words) that explains the overarching theme of the proposed cluster, discusses the cluster’s connection to UVC’s mission, summarizes the content and aims of each syllabus, and provides brief critical reflections on course design. Proposals should also list and provide short biographies of each contributor. These materials will be reviewed by UVC’s founding developers, and the contributors for select clusters will be invited to submit their full syllabi along with essays that expand on the framing of their courses. The syllabi and essays will then be sent to an outside peer reviewer. Once the clusters are revised and finalized, they will be published on our website as open-access resources.

We will accept proposals on a rolling basis, but priority will be given to those who submit by July 1, 2022. Please submit your proposals through this syllabus cluster submission form. Anyone with relevant professional interests is encouraged to apply, but we are especially interested in submissions from early-career scholars and those with backgrounds that are under-represented in Victorian Studies.

Questions about this call and the Undisciplining the Victorian Classroom initiative should be directed to Sophia Hsu (sophia.hsu@lehman.cuny.edu). To be placed on the project mailing list, kindly fill out our mailing list form.

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