Crossing Into Digital Dimensions: 2012 Conference on Multimodal Composition-May 5, 2012

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English Conference Organization of Wright State University
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CROSSING INTO DIGITAL DIMENSIONS:
2012 CONFERENCE ON MULTIMODAL COMPOSITION

WITH KEYNOTE SPEAKER
DR. KRISTINE BLAIR
"SUSTAINING MULTIMODAL LITERACIES ACROSS THE ENGLISH CURRICULUM": THE ROLE OF GRADUATE STUDENTS AS FUTURE FACULTY

MAY 5, 2012 FROM 9:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY, STUDENT UNION

Frequently having technological skills superior to their professors, students can gain power within a university that currently values multimedia.
-Nancy Mack

In a recent Computers and Composition article, J. Elizabeth Clark makes a case for writing programs to develop curriculums that attend to the digital literacy of today's culture. She argues that professionals in the discipline of composition "need to morph—from a book culture, to an online culture, to whatever comes next—so that our students are ready to meet the challenges that lie ahead, in whatever form they appear." Clark calls upon the profession to "embrace digital rhetoric" as a means of "cultural communication."

Wright State's Crossing into Digital Dimensions English Graduate Conference seeks to explore the effect of blending digital literacy with traditional text in composition. We are looking for presentations from graduate students providing insight into the impact digital literacy has on text.

We encourage projects ranging from pedagogical experiments or practices to reflection on compositions to explorations of academic life and everything in between. We highly encourage multimodal delivery to the presentations: video, music, web media, anything that will enhance the reception of the presentation.

POTENTIAL TOPICS:
• Using social media in the classroom
• Bridging disciplines for greater understanding
• Assessing multimodal practices
• Integrating visual and written texts
• Connecting translinguistics and multimodalism
• Teaching with a digital pedagogy
• Examining the delineation of texts through different modes
• Deconstructing spatial rhetoric
• Influencing composition through the senses

Individual Proposals should consist of two pages. The first page should include name, presentation title, university affiliation, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, details of any required technology and the anticipated format of presentation. The second page should contain a 250-word abstract with no identifying information. Presentations should not exceed twenty minutes.

Panel Proposals should include a coversheet containing panel title, each presenter's name, the name of a moderator, presentation titles, university affiliation for each presenter, one mailing address, one e-mail address, one phone number, requests for technology, and anticipated formats of presentation. The following pages should include a 250-word abstract for each presentation and a 250-word abstract for the panel as a whole with no identifying information. Panel should not exceed sixty minutes.

Deadline March 12, 2012
(No registration fees!)
EMAIL PROPOSALS & QUESTIONS—ECOWSU2012@GMAIL.COM