"More Than Words Can Say: A Conference on MultiModal Composition" With Guest Speaker Dr. Cynthia Selfe April 2, 2011

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Hosted by Wright State University's English Conference Organization
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In a recent CCC article, Steven Fraiberg argues for an approach to composition studies Crossing disciplinary, geographic, and linguistic boundaries. In moving toward a less-bounded approach, Fraiberg calls for attention to spaces where "global scapes converge in local contexts" using Anis Bawarshi's notion of uptake- or knowing "when and why to use a genre" and "how to select an appropriate genre in relation to another." We aim to do just that.
Wright State's More Than Words Can Say English Graduate Conference seeks to explore the effect of blending media and composition. We are looking for presentations providing insight into the impact convergent culture has on text.
We encourage projects ranging from pedagogical experiments or practices to reflections on compositions to explorations of academic life and everything in between. We highly encourage experimental delivery to the presentation: short films, songs, dialogue, anything that will enhance the reception of the composition.

Deadline for submission is February 28, 2011

Potential topics include, but are not limited to the following:
*Using social media in the classroom
*Bridging disciplines for greater understanding
*Assessing multimodal practices
*Integrating visual and written texts
*Connecting translinguistics and multimodalism
*Teaching with a digital pedagogy
*Examining the delineation of texts through different modes
*Deconstructing spatial rhetoric
*Influencing composition through the senses
*Using multimodal composition to critically read/analyze a Literature text.
*Using multimodal composition to create works of prose/poetry

Individual proposals should consist of two pages. The first page should include name, presentation title, university affiliation, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, dtails of any required technology, and the anticipated format of presentation. The second page should contain a 250-word abstract with no identifying information. Presentations should not exceed fifteen minutes.

Panel proposals are welcome and should include a coversheet containt panel title, each presenter's name, presentation titles, university affiliation for each presenter, one mailing address, one e-mail address, one phone number, requests for technology and anticipated formats of presentation. There should be a 250-abstract for each presentation as well as a 250-word abstract for the panel as a whole, with no identifying information. Panel should not exceed sixty minutes, including time for Q & A.

There is no registration fee for those presenting at the conference.

Deadline for submission is February 28, 2011

For more information e-mail us at ECOWSU@gmail.com