Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing (October 23, 2009 - October 24, 2009)

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CFP: 2009 Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing (GPACW) Conference

St. Cloud State University is proud to host the 2009 Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing (GPACW) conference. The conference will be held on October 23rd and 24th at St. Cloud State University, overlooking the Mississippi River in St. Cloud, Minnesota. We invite everyone interested in the role that computers and computer-mediated technologies play in composition to participate in this year's conference.

In his successful bid for the presidency, Barack Obama made extensive use of online communities. He not only established a social networking site,, to help disseminate his message and organize supporters, but also took advantage of the opportunities afforded by virtual communities such as Facebook and Second Life. In an attempt to understand how similar strategies might prove successful in our classrooms, this year's conference focuses on the relationship among computers, writing, and online communities. How does writing facilitate community within social networking sites, massively multi-player online role-playing games (MMORPGS), wikis, blogs, or any number of other computer-mediated spaces? How is this writing taught? How is it learned? How is it policed? How is it challenged? How can knowledge of such practices help us better understand the way writing is taught, learned, policed, and challenged in our classrooms and at the institutions where we teach?

Conference organizers welcome individual or panel proposals that address these issues or any related themes, including:

-- Analyzing the intersections of culture, computers, and pedagogy
-- Theorizing, implementing, and assessing computer-mediated pedagogies
-- Bridging, challenging, or empowering disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and institutional structures through computer-mediated communication
-- Identifying and exploring cross-linguistic and cross-cultural intersections involving computers, pedagogy, and second-language writing and acquisition in English.

While we encourage presentations that address the themes listed above, we also welcome any presentations that enhance our understanding of the complex relationships among computers, computer-mediated technologies, and composition.

If you are interested in presenting at the 2009 GPACW conference, please submit 250-word abstracts for panels or individual presentations to by August 15, 2009. Abstracts should include the title of your presentation or panel, your name, institutional affiliation, email-address, and the names and affiliations of co-presenters (if applicable).