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Call for Papers: (Re)Using Old Textbooks in the Polish Language Classroom Today

Old textbooks are often obsolete in their portrayal of contemporary Polish society, ranging from topics such as traditional cuisine, rapid changes in technology, living standards, and ending with different forms of inequality and traditional gender roles. Yet, the textbooks provide a historical perspective, allowing students to explore the evolution of the Polish language in its cultural context.



Following this year's AATSEEL panel discussion in Las Vegas organized by the North American Association of Teachers of Polish (NAATPl), we are putting together an article forum on new approaches to old Polish textbooks and teaching materials. With several submissions already solicited, we are looking to add 4-5 proposals that supplement those topics (see below). Accepted submissions will be published in a dedicated symposium in the Slavic and East European Journal.

 

Potential topics and topic areas include:

- Representation of women in Polish textbooks;

- Food, cuisine, and culinary representations;

- Internet and new technologies;

- Migration and transnational movements;

- Diversity and inclusion beyond the already solicited topics below.

 

Already solicited topics include:

- Contemporary Polish lifestyle in Polish textbooks;

- Heritage language and speakers in Polish textbooks;

- Representation of ethnic minorities in Polish textbooks;

- Social class bias in Polish textbooks.

 

Submission Guidelines:

To be considered for publication, please submit an abstract (250–300 words) outlining the topic, scope, methodology, and key findings. We welcome research papers, case studies, teaching methodologies, and critical reflections.

 

Accepted submissions should include the following sections: (a) literature review, (b) theoretical background (if applicable), (c) topic overview in the context of old content versus new approaches, (d) methodology, (e) proposal for sample activities that address the main topic. Manuscripts should follow the SEEJ style guide available here, be no longer than 5,000 words, and be written in English.

 

Important Dates:

- Abstract submission deadline: May 30, 2024

- Acceptance notification: June 10, 2024

- Full paper submission deadline: August 31, 2024

 

Submission Process:

Please submit abstracts off-list to Krzysztof Borowski (borowski3@wisc.edu) by May 30, 2024. Upon acceptance, full papers should be submitted by August 31, 2024.

 

Contact Information:

For questions, please contact Krzysztof Borowski at borowski3@wisc.edu.

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