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[UPDATE - extended deadline] Eighth Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing “Collaboration and Conversation” April 5, 2013
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University of Connecticut Freshman English Program
Collaboration and conversation are familiar terms to writing teachers, usually connoting open, easy dialogue between parties working toward some common end. But if the ideal of pure communication is often expressed (and still greatly valued), it is not often realized. Indeed, much of the most interesting work in composition could be said to challenge teachers (and students) to recognize the limits of these central terms. In revising our understanding of these elusive terms, collaboration and conversation, we turn to metaphors such as constellation, network, bricolage, and composite to suggest something of the mixed quality of this exchange as it appears in writing. As we move ever further into a digital environment, this almost infinitely complex flow of voices and texts becomes even harder to describe within the discrete boundaries of collaboration and conversation. Nevertheless, these terms remain proudly at the center of many, even most writing courses. What is at stake when we feature collaboration and conversation in our writing courses? How might we best introduce these ideals without falling into idealism?
The University of Connecticut’s Freshman English Program is calling for presentation, panel, and roundtable proposals from instructors of writing (in all disciplines and programs) for our Eighth Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing. We also invite proposals on related topics, such as:
Keynote Speaker: Judith Goleman, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Friday, 5 April 2013 @ University of Connecticut, Storrs
Proposals should be approximately 250-300 words and should include
Eligibility: All teachers of writing, regardless of discipline, status (adjunct/graduate student/staff/faculty), institution, campus or level of teaching experience may submit proposals. Undergraduate and graduate students in any writing course are also encouraged to submit proposals. The Freshman English Program also supports collaborative presentations, panels and/or roundtable discussions between/among any eligible presenters.
Deadline for submissions: