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Susanne Even, “Performative Teaching and Learning in Times of the Pandemic: German and European Literatures in Translation”

April 6, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sponsored by the Center for German and European Studies.

Performative teaching and learning of foreign languages and their literatures have, in the last decades, made their way into pedagogical discourse. The rising number of conferences, symposia, colloquia and publications on both drama and theater pedagogy confirm this trend. The change to online learning in the wake of Covid-19 brought unique challenges to a pedagogical art form that is heavily dependent on physical presence, movement, and learner collaboration. This workshop offers conventions and strategies for teachers of languages and literatures that combine the virtual medium with the performative paradigm. Participants are encouraged to bring a short story (in English translation) to the workshop. In preparation for the workshop, it would be beneficial to have read this short fictional text that can be found at: pinkmonkey.com/dl/library1/story095.pdf

Susanne Even is Clinical Associate Professor and Language Program Coordinator in the Department of Germanic Studies at Indiana University. Her specialty is performative pedagogy, a post-method approach to teaching and learning that takes inspiration from the arts, particularly the art form of theater. She holds a Ph.D. in German Language Teaching Research from University College Cork, Ireland, and is co-editor of SCENARIO, the peer-reviewed, bilingual online journal for performative teaching, learning, research.


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April 6, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm