Teaching American Studies: The Inaugural Conference
8-9 July 2019, University of Warwick
This was the first conference of its kind about American Studies pedagogy in UK Higher Education. Building on the increasing numbers of teaching-focused panels at the annual BAAS conference, this immersive residential event provided a space for those interested in teaching American Studies at university level to have in-depth discussions of pedagogical approaches in our field. In the current climate of the Teaching Excellence Framework, teaching is becoming increasingly central to both our day-to-day work and our promotions and employment opportunities. The conference was an opportunity to examine teaching and learning within the field of American Studies at the university level. It provided support and advice to postgraduate and early career colleagues who are new to teaching American Studies. Participants were encouraged to share good practice, discuss pedagogical innovations, and to consider how American Studies can best deliver a positive student experience whilst retaining disciplinary identity in the current HE context.
Conference Organisers: Dr Lydia Plath (University of Warwick), Dr Rebecca Stone (University of Warwick) and Dr Ben Offiler (Sheffield Hallam University)
Any and all questions should be directed to l dot j dot plath at warwick dot ac dot uk.
The conference organisers thank the British Association for American Studies and the US Embassy London for their generous support for this event, which enabled us to reduce costs for postgraduate and early-career researchers.
The organisers also thank the History Department at the University of Warwick for their support for this event.