CFP: [Rhetoric-Composition] The âPersonâ in the 21st Century: Personal/Writing in the Composition Classroom (NEMLA; 9/15/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Heather Urbanski
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The "Person" in the 21st Century: Personal/Writing in the Contemporary
Composition Classroom (9/15/2008; NEMLA, Boston, 2/26 â€" 3/1/09)

Few would disagree that one of the foundational beliefs of contemporary
writing instruction is that writing well is tied to personal interest in
the topic (or at least in the activity). We have inherited this belief in
the integral role of personal interest in successful writing, one that is
often expressed in arguments for self-chosen topics and open assignments,
through the powerful legacy of such groundbreaking teacher-scholars as
Donald Murray, James Moffett, and Peter Elbow. This foundational assumption
in the value of personal interest to writing success, however, is
complicated by the twenty-first century blurring of the personal and the
public, through such venues as blogs, Facebook, and the "culture of
confession" that fuels reality television. Our conception of what "counts"
as personal may in fact be under-developed and thus Composition Studies
needs to take another look at how we incorporate the personal (in both
topic selection and writing assignments) into our classrooms for
twenty-first century students (often described as the "Digital Generation"
or "Digital Natives"). This panel will investigate the ways in which our
conventional conceptions of the personal in the composition classroom can
and should be challenged and expanded.

Please email your 300-word abstract to Heather Urbanski (
by September 15, 2008 and include the following information:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee)

Conference Information:
40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Feb. 26-March 1, 2009
Hyatt Regency - Boston, Massachusetts

Celebrating 40 years!
A regional MLA, NeMLA offers a vibrant yet more intimate conference
experience. The 2009 Call for Papers in Boston features almost 350
sessions, covering all aspects of scholarship and teaching in the modern
languages and literatures. Special events will include presentations, Ha
Jin (Boston University) and John Stauffer (Harvard University) and events
with Boston University's Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center and the
American Antiquarian Society.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA panel;
however panelists can only present one paper. Convention participants may
present a paper at a panel or seminar and also present at a creative
session or participate in a roundtable.

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