Wabash Round Table

2023 LGBTQ+ Faculty Round table: Queering Pedagogy and Self-care

 

Gathering Date

May 24-26, 2023
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

 

Team

Gina A.S. Robinson, Associate Director
Pamela Lightsey, Meadville Lombard Theological School
Rodolfo Nolasco, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

 

Participants

Phillis I. Sheppard, Vanderbilt University
Laurel C. Schneider, Vanderbilt University
Bryan N. Massingale, Fordham University
Su Yon Pak, Union Theological Seminary
Renee K Harrison, Howard University School of Divinity
Xochiti Alvizo, California State University – Northridge
Luis Menéndez-Antuña, Boston University School of Theology
Teresa Smallwood, United Lutharan Seminary – Gettysburg
Junehee Yoon, Drew Theological School
Benea Beamon, Bucknell University
Craig Ford, St. Norbert College

Honorarium and Fellowship

Participants will receive an honorarium of $2000 for full participation in the Round Table. In addition, participants are eligible to apply for a $5000 project grant.

Description

The Wabash Center is convening a round table conversation to catalyze emerging projects focused on upon queering pedagogy and self-care for LGBTQ+ faculty. We will be hosted at the Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. 

 

Questions for the Gathering

Some of the guiding questions for our conversation include: Who is the self who teaches as LGBTQ+? How does being a LGBTQ+ person register in these spaces? What would support our flourishing in our scholarship? What have been our struggles or challenges inhabiting predominantly cis-hetero spaces?

Our aim is to curate a conversation that explores the uniqueness and normativity of our experiences as LGBTQ+ faculty; considers ways that our embodied perspectives might positively and negatively affect pedagogy; and addresses the rapidly changing ways identities, current discourse and practices affect teaching and reflects upon the ways that deep political & theological divides are challenging to queer theory and theology. Additionally, our conversation will help us determine how to attend to self-care and determine vocational aspirations in unsafe contexts. Invited guests from the Chicago community join us!

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