Race, Place, and Nation in the Early Modern World: A Pedagogical Roundtable

AHA Session 267
World History Association 2
Sunday, January 7, 2018: 9:00 AM-10:30 AM
Washington Room 3 (Marriott Wardman Park, Exhibition Level)
Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Kathryn M. Brammall, Truman State University
Omar H. Ali, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Juliana Barr, Duke University
Gary G. Gibbs, Roanoke College
A. Katie Harris, University of California, Davis
Charles H. Parker, Saint Louis University

Session Abstract

Race, Place, and Nation in the Early Modern World: a Pedagogical Roundtable

Sponsored by the Society for Reformation Research and the World History Association

The topic of this roundtable will feature the theme of the 2018 AHA, “race, ethnicity, and nationalism in a global perspective,” delineated by the early modern era. The roundtable will present four established scholars who will each speak for ca. ten to twelve minutes on topics that examine a unique pedagogical approach to their specific historical subject matter. The remainder of the ninety minute time slot will be allotted for the panelists to engage with the audience in a discussion of the potential problems and benefits of the approaches featured in their talks—or, in fact, any relevant issue put forth by a member of the audience. In the aggregate, the talks presented by our panelist will cover the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries, and will touch upon numerous geographic areas, including North America, Europe, Africa, & Asia. This wide-spread geographic coverage will necessitate reference to diverse cultures. At the same time, an exploration of the significance of race, place, and nation will anchor the whole and bring a uniformity to the panel.

World History has become an established introductory course in many colleges and universities in North America and the need for constant reflection and enrichment of approaches, strategies, and subject matter benefits the profession at large. The members of this proposed panel and its sponsors—the Society for Reformation Research and the World History Association—are dedicated to maintaining an active discussion within the profession about the challenges and strategies of pedagogy and we believe that this roundtable discussion will prove to be a unique and dynamic component of next year’s conference program.

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