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CFP: Converging at the Vanishing Point (ECWCA Apr 8-10, 2010)
full name / name of organization:
East Central Writing Center Association
Writing centers are at an interesting time in our history. During the past two decades, many of us—in four-year and two-year institutions, and even secondary schools—have moved from the margins to the center as we become more professionalized, better funded and more physically visible in well-designed spaces. In essence, we have converged with larger institutional structures and missions.
The metaphor of converging at a vanishing point has significance in many disciplines. In graphic design or photography, one pictures a road where parallel lines appear to converge at a “vanishing point” in the distance. In physics, in a curved space like a globe, lines can be parallel and still converge at the poles. Within writing centers, writing from a variety of disciplines converges, programming from various areas of the institution converges, technologies and composing converge, teaching and learning converge, and research/assessment and pedagogy converge. All of the factors that enhance student learning converge within the writing center. Writing Centers provide a medium for bringing the disciplines together.
Though universities and community colleges appear to run in parallel tracks, in many ways they converge as students dual-enroll or transfer, faculty cross-teach, and even writing center staff are shared or move on from community college writing centers to work in university writing centers (or vice versa).
• In what ways has your writing center converged with other schools or centers in the area?
Presentations: Single presentations will be 15-20 minutes in length. If you submit your proposal alone you will be placed with like presentations for a session.
Panels: Consist of 3-4 presenters who are coordinating their presentations around a central theme. Each presentation will be 15-20 minutes in length.
Roundtables: Roundtables are talks designed around a specific theme and are often highly audience interactive. Several speakers will address a central question from a variety of angles, and then open the question to the audience and answer audience questions.
Workshops: These sessions are designed to be fully interactive with the audience and facilitate the audience in gaining material, hands-on knowledge around the given topic.
Posters: These presentations are designed to be stand alone posters which are informative and meant to be viewed at any time during the conference. There will also be a dedicated time and space for the authors of the posters to answer questions and interact with conference goers about their topics.
Performance: Alternative depictions of research using music, art, dance, film, or other media.
Deadline for submission: October 31, 2009.