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Call for Papers--Writing Against the Curriculum: Anti-Disciplinarity in the Writing and Cultural Studies Classroom

Cultural studies critiques of disciplinarity have engendered a wide range of alternatives to the disciplinary norms that govern the American academy: multi-, inter-, pre-, post-, trans-, and anti-disciplinarity. We seek essays that use these notions as grounds to think through writing and the writing-intensive classroom as spaces in which to challenge the conventional organization and segregation of knowledges and epistemologies into discrete and highly regulated disciplines. Building, for example, on the work of Henry Giroux, Paolo Freire, Cary Nelson, and others, we imagine “disciplinary” writing as “disciplined” writing, in the sense that Michel Foucault uses the term in Discipline and Punish: writing produced under the auspices of highly controlled and tightly guarded disciplines is subject to surveillance and restriction that governs what knowledge can be made, under what conditions it can be made, and how it is authorized. Therefore, we see writing courses (now more and more considered to be pre-disciplinary, and therefore outside the disciplines) and language-intensive cultural studies courses (which have the potential to cut across a wide variety of disciplines, particularly in the humanities) to be rich spaces in which to enact a resistant pedagogy that asks students to think beyond and against the disciplinary conventions which govern much of the rest of higher education pedagogies.