CFP: [Rhetoric-Composition] Computers and Writing 2009: Ubiquitous and Sustainable Computing

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Carl Whithaus
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Call for Papers:
Computers and Writing 2009
University of California, Davis
June 18-21, 2009

Computers and Writing 2009 seeks papers that explore the complex social,
pedagogical and institutional dynamics around ubiquitous and/or sustainable
computing. Because computing technologies continue to extend their reach,
we encourage proposals that explain the impact and challenges of ubiquitous
and sustainable computing in different contexts: in educational settings,
in workplaces, and even into (real or virtual) leisure spaces. We are
especially interested in accounts of how teachers and students, workers and
writers use computers and other technologies in their lives at school, at
work and at play.

When Computers and Writing began, the desktop revolution was just beginning
and mainframes were a not-so-distant memory. Since 1983 computers have
gotten smaller and faster and more portable, and have therefore become more
embedded in our lives. Computing has become ubiquitous. We find computers
in more homes, in more workplaces, and in more schools, though the uses and
meanings of technology can differ greatly across these contexts. Our
interactions with technology have also expanded from the keyboards, mice,
and screens of desktop computers to cell phones, microphones for speech to
text input, PDAs that recognize handwriting, digital cameras, digital audio
recorders, GPS navigators, and other ever-emerging information and
communication technologies (ICTs). Today's ubiquitous computing is not
quite the utopia imagined by Howard Rheingold or Mark Weiser nor is it the
dystopia predicted by Clifford Stoll or Philip K. Dick; it is a rather more
interesting, nuanced, and complex world than we’d imagined.

Ubiquitous computing has produced a series of challenges for educational
institutions. Sustainable computing means finding ways to meet current
technological needs without sacrificing future innovation. As teachers and
scholars of writing, how do we avoid the curse of technological
obsolescence, even as computing rapidly evolves and expands into new
corners of lived experience? How do our uses of technology move beyond
short-term interventions, and contribute to sustained and sustainable
learning across the life-span of our students? Finally, how do we employ
these technologies ethically, given their potential impact on a local and
global scale? Ultimately at stake is not just the sustainability of
computing, but also how computing can help us lead more sustainable lives.

Submissions Open: Monday, April 28, 2008
Submission Deadline: Friday, September 19, 2008
Submit Proposals (250 words or less) at

Carl Whithaus,
C&W09, Conference Chair
Associate Professor, University Writing Program
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616

cwwhithaus <AT> ucdavis <DOT> edu

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