Computers & Writing 2014: Evolutions, Revolutions, Convolutions

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Washington State University

The 2014 Computers and Writing Conference, "Evolutions, Revolutions, Convolutions," will be held at Washington State University in Pullman, WA from June 5-8, 2014. Our submission system is open and ready for business. We invite presentations, workshops, and other events that open or enact an examination of evolutions, revolutions, and convolutions of interfaces, texts, and technologies. If you would like to receive peer feedback on your proposal, the submission deadline is September 30, 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time). Final proposals are due October 31, 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time).

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Direct any questions to the conference organizers (Mike Edwards, Patricia Ericsson, Kristin Arola and Bill Condon) at with the word QUERY: in the subject line

Call for Proposals:

2014 marks the twentieth anniversary of Cynthia and Richard Selfe's canonical work, "The Politics of the Interface," which began the "task of describing some of the political and ideological boundary lands associated with computer interfaces that we—and many other teachers of composition—now use in our classrooms" (481). This article remains one of the most cited articles in computers and writing scholarship, in large part because it continues to remind us that whatever digital revolutions we embark upon, we should always remain aware of the borders "constructed along ideological axes that represent dominant tendencies in our culture," borders that "can serve to prevent the circulation of individuals for political purposes." Yet, this article also provides us with ways of seeing and complicating the borders in productive ways. This anniversary directs our attention to the foundations of our discipline, but emphasizes the ways in which future innovation always builds on past intellectual and material history. Change is sometimes incremental, sometimes revolutionary, but always suggests the increasing complexity of evo-, convo-, and revo-lutions.

Computers & Writing 2014 celebrates this landmark publication by inviting presentations, workshops, and other events that open or enact an examination of evolutions, revolutions, and convolutions of interfaces, texts, and technologies. The concerns listed below are not exhaustive, but beginning points for participants to consider:

• What is at stake in our practices, theories and pedagogies when we choose to engage with the varied challenges of a technological past, present, and future?
• What have been, and should be, institutional responses to technological revolutions?
• How do our engagements with interfaces, texts, and technologies shape our selves, our students, and our communities?
• Conversely, how do individuals and communities work to shape interfaces, texts, and technologies?
• What happens to writers and writing in the "political and ideological boundary lands" of our interfaces, texts, and technologies when we pay attention to issues of race, class, gender, ability, accessibility, sexuality, and political economies?
• What are the evolutions, revolutions, and convolutions that result from ever-increasing interactions between Computers and Writing and the Digital Humanities?

We invite proposals for single as well as group presentations, and we welcome not only traditional talks and panels but presentation forms and formats that have evolved from tradition, act as revolutions against traditional formats, or that fold tradition back on itself in ways that help us re-examine our past, re-evaluate our present, or re-invigorate our future. We encourage you to revolutionize what happens during a 75-minute panel—you can treat it as a mini-workshop, or a roundtable, or a performance piece, or a traditional panel.

We welcome proposals in the following categories:

• Access (economic, institutional, or otherwise)
• Communities (concerns linked with specific groups)
• Convolutions (complications and connections with other disciplines)
• Difference (in terms of race, class, ability, religion, gender, economy, sexuality, ethnicity, veteran status, age, and other forms)
• Digital Humanities (intersections among algorithmic building and making practices and topics of humanistic inquiry; conference organizers will ensure that DH-themed presentations do not overlap with DHSI so that those who wish may attend both)
• Evolutions (the history and future of Computers & Writing and associated fields)
• Individuals (prominent figures and scholars influencing Computers & Writing, as well as students, faculty, and other stakeholders)
• Institutions (academic, government, corporate, presses, and others)
Interfaces (screens, assistive technologies, human-computer interaction)
• Revolutions (significant large-scale or sudden changes in Computers & Writing and associated fields)
• Technologies (focusing on specific platforms, applications, or tools)
Writing Studies (connections with rhetoric and composition concerns)