CFP: Race in Writing Center Discourse and Practice (7/15/07; journal issue)

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Karen Rowan
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The Other Sides of Silence: Negotiating Race in Writing Center
Discourse and Practice

Call for Proposals

In 2005, Victor Villanueva called upon the writing center community to
examine the language, rhetoric, and material reality of racism that
shapes our work. In his exegesis of the "new racism," which "embeds
racism within a set of other categories—language, religion, culture,
civilizations pluralized and writ large," he reminds us that writing
centers, like the institutions in which they are situated, are not
racially neutral sites of discourse and practice.

The Other Sides of Silence intends to generate a sustained,
multi-faceted interrogation of the ways in which race operates in the
writing center as an institutional space and as a field of scholarly
production. Grounded by the assumption that race is not a neutral
factor in language and literacy education, this collection will
address a series of related questions: How does race operate in the
rhetoric and discourses of writing center scholarship? How do
constructions of race shape the culture of literacy in the academy and
the writing center? How do practitioners' and writers' racial
identities influence their interactions in the center? How does the
writing center cooperate, however unintentionally, in racist
practices? How can we carry out needed changes—in our discourses and
in our centers—illuminated by these discussions?

To address these and other questions, the editors seek proposals for
chapter-length essays that respond to the following areas of focus:

· Foundational histories and theories of language, literacy, race, and
· Theories of race in writing center discourses and practice
· Re-visions of writing center theory and practice

The editors also seek brief inter-chapters that draw on personal
experience and a range of genres, including narrative essays, short
fiction, or poetry. All members of the writing center
community—undergraduate and graduate tutors, faculty, professional
staff, and students—are encouraged to submit inter-chapter proposals.

Submission Guidelines
The editors seek 500- to 750-word proposals outlining the topic, major
arguments, and organizational or rhetorical approach for 3000- to
7000-word chapters. Inter-chapter proposals (250 words) should
describe the focus, form, and style of the piece. For all submissions,
please also include your name, institutional affiliation, and contact
information. Send Word or RTF proposals as email attachments to by July 15, 2007. Editors: Laura Greenfield, The
George Washington University, and Karen Rowan, Morgan State

--Karen S. Rowan, PhDAssistant Professor of EnglishDirector of the Writing CenterMorgan State University1700 E. Cold Spring LaneBaltimore, MD ========================================================== From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List Full Information at or write Jennifer Higginbotham: ==========================================================Received on Thu May 17 2007 - 17:00:57 EDT