CFP: MLA 2018 – “Blurring Boundaries: Designing Interdisciplinary Humanities Curriculum”

The Regional Divisions of the Modern Language Association (MLA), including NeMLA, seek submissions for a collaborative session we are organizing at the meeting of MLA in New York City, January 4 to 7, 2018. Please submit a 250-word abstract and a 50-word bio to Claire Sommers ( by March 15.
This panel explores how, at both the classroom and institutional levels, humanities curricula have integrated material originating from multiple disciplines across the university. Possible approaches include but are not limited to:
  • The incorporation of multiple disciplines such as social sciences, bench sciences, business, and other humanities fields into humanities curricula
  • The advantages of interdisciplinary curriculum, especially pertaining to student interest and enrollment
  • Interdisciplinary curricula and the job market
  • Collaboration among multiple departments
  • Interdisciplinary course design
  • The creation of interdisciplinary programs
  • Interdisciplinary curriculum design, technology, and digital classroom techniques
  • Interdisciplinary curriculum as a tool for community/global engagement
  • Teaching students from multiple disciplinary backgrounds
  • The unique challenges of interdisciplinary course and curriculum design
This session is a joint presentation of the Regional Divisions of the MLA: the Midwest Modern Language Association, the Northeast Modern Language Association, the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, and the South Central Modern Language Association.​
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