This edited volume draws together educators and scholars to engage with the difficulties and benefits of teaching place-based education in a distinctive culture-laden area in North America: the United States South. Despite problematic past visions of cultural homogeneity, the South has always been a culturally diverse region with many historical layers of inhabitation and migration, each with their own set of religious and secular relationships to the land. Through site-specific narratives, this volume offers a blueprint for new approaches to place-based pedagogy, with an emphasis on the intersection between religion and the environment. By offering broadly applicable examples of pedagogical methods and practices, this book confronts the need to develop more sustainable local communities to address globally significant challenges.
Table of Contents
1. Joseph Witt, "Introducing Place-Based Pedagogy and ‘the South’"
Part One: PLACE, THEOLOGY, PRACTICE
2. Dave Aftandilian, "Connecting Students (and Faculty) to Place and Animals through Contemplative Practices"
3. Field Trip: J. Albert Nungaray, "The Star on the Mountain: Using Hands-On Experience of Native American Stories and Technologies to Teach Children about Place, Culture, and Self"
4. Jennifer R. Ayres, "Memories of Home: Theological Education, Place-Based Pedagogy, and Inhabitance"
5. Jill Y. Crainshaw, "Teaching the Sacraments through Profane Experiences"
Part Two: ENGAGING WITH COMMUNITY THROUGH PLACE
6. Lucas Johnston, "Placing Pedagogy and Sustainability in the Piedmont: Faculty and Student Engagement"
7. Field Trip: Lisa Blee, "Making Incarceration Visible: An Adventure in Shared Authority"
8. Eric E. Jones, "Why Do We Live Where We Do? Teaching Native American Cultural History and Anthropology in the North Carolina Piedmont"
9. Field Trip: Albert Meier, "Deep History of the Green River Preserve"
Part Three: WOUNDED PLACES, HEALING PLACES
10. Thomas Hallock, "Towards a New Kind of Piety: City Creeks, Place Making, and Lapsed Environmental Discourse on Florida’s Gulf Coast"
11. Field Trip: A. Whitney Sanford, "Navigating Uncomfortable Waters: Florida’s Talbot Islands and the Kingsley Plantation"
12. Charles Barber, "Teaching about Religion and HIV/AIDS among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men in Atlanta, Georgia"
Part Four: ASSESSING, CONCLUDING, MOVING FORWARD
13. Field Trip: Rebekka King, "Intersections of Would, Can, and Will: What to Do When White Supremacists Come to Town"
14. Bobbi Patterson, "Pathway for Place-Based Pedagogies: A Pliable Taxonomy for Course Design and Assessment"
15. Field Trip: Dave Aftandilian, Meredith Doster, Lucas Johnston, Bella Mukonyora, A. Whitney Sanford, and Joseph Witt, "From Local Places to Global Networks: Front Porch Conversation at the Green River Preserve in Kentucky, May 2015"
16. Lucas Johnston and Dave Aftandilian, "Conclusion: Principles for Teaching about Place in the South"
Dave Aftandilian is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Minor in Human-Animal Relationships at Texas Christian University.
Lucas F. Johnston is Associate Professor of Religion and Environment at Wake Forest University.