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American pop culture in languages and history classrooms

La culture populaire américaine dans les classes de langues et d’histoire

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Published on Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Abstract

This roundtable, that is organized around the publication of the book, In the Cogwheels of American Pop Culture, aims to reflect on the strengths and limitations of using the objects of American popular culture in language and history classes. American popular culture, being a mirror of American society conveys its tensions and antagonisms. It is therefore paramount to be able to highlight how its contents can be useful in classrooms, but also the inaccuracies, prejudices, and discriminations that they can vehicle. This reflection will stress the methodology adopted by teachers to integrate these materials into their lesson plans, but also the reception that learners make of them.

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Argument

American popular culture was for a long time opposed to high culture, and stigmatized as a dangerous mass phenomenon or, conversely, a stealthy manifestation of mass culture. The binary opposition between high culture and mass culture made it possible to maintain the delimitation of social classes, practices, and interests between those who could afford it and those who could not. Popular culture is a complex social phenomenon, affecting all aspects of American life, and is driven by the audiovisual industry and technological innovations.

John Dean argues « it is full of glorious aspirations, blessed and plagued with diversity and disorder …… but the boundaries are not fixed ».

Researchers and amateurs in the United States have contributed to a better understanding of this wide field of study. Associations engaged in the study of American popular culture (Popular Culture Association, The American Culture Association) and university curricula devoting a major part to it (Bowling Green State University) reflect the interest in this field of study. In France, scholarly publications also account for the interest of researchers in its study (John Dean, 1992 ; David Diallo, 2010 ; Yann Philippe et Sylvie Mikowski, 2015 ; Y. Philippe et S. Mikowski 2019 ; Palmiste, Partel, Gadet, 2022). American popular culture has taken over language classes and history courses through its most visible objects (films, songs, advertising, television, Internet, etc). Studies put forward its importance for cultural learning (Briand, 2013; Gadet, 2018), while others caution against using its objects, which may contain inaccuracies (Butler, 2009).

This study session, that is organized around the publication of the book, In the Cogwheels of American Pop Culture, aims to reflect on the strengths and limitations of using the objects of American popular culture in language and history classes.  American popular culture, being a mirror of American society conveys its tensions and antagonisms. It is therefore paramount to be able to highlight how its contents can be useful in classrooms, but also the inaccuracies, prejudices, and discriminations that they can vehicle.

This reflection will stress the methodology adopted by teachers to integrate these materials into their lesson plans, but also the reception that learners make of them.

Sumbission guidelines

Abstract (with 300 words max) followed by a short biography can be sent to claire.palmiste@univ-guyane.fr 

before September 16th, 2022. 

Notification for acceptance: September 19, 2022.

The study session is scheduled in hybrid on October 3rd, 2022.

Presentations in English or French are scheduled to last 15 mn maximum. 

We contemplate publishing the papers in an online journal.

Scientific committee

  • Steve Gadet : lecturer, University of the Antilles
  • Stéphane Partel : lecturer, Université of the Antilles
  • Clara Palmiste : lecturer, Université of the Antilles
  • Kesewa John : Lecturer, University of College London
  • Claire Palmiste: lecturer, University of French Guiana

Subjects

Places

  • Amphi A - Université de Guyane
    Cayenne, French Guiana (97300)

Event attendance modalities

Hybrid event (on site and online)


Date(s)

  • Friday, September 16, 2022

Keywords

  • culture populaire américaine, pédagogie, apprentissage, classe, langue,

Contact(s)

  • Claire Palmiste
    courriel : achconference [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Claire Palmiste
    courriel : achconference [at] gmail [dot] com

License

CC0-1.0 This announcement is licensed under the terms of Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal.

To cite this announcement

« American pop culture in languages and history classrooms », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, https://calenda.org/1011842

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