[UPDATE / New Deadline] The Conference on Community Writing
The Conference on Community Writing: Building Engaged Infrastructure
Boulder, CO | October 16-17, 2015
Update: Submission deadline is now February 2, 2015
- "This is not your average conference, and the theme, Building Engaged Infrastructure, isn't just a concept—it's a challenge, a call to action."
How do we, on a local and a national scale, create engaged infrastructure? What does that look like? What barriers do we foresee? What resources and support structures do we need?
The goal of this conference is to create a national network of information, people, ideas, and support structures to make the work we do in and about our communities more sustainable, impactful, rewarding, and rewarded.
Focused on interaction and outcomes, our format will consist of presentations, dialogues, network communication, workshops, FlashLabs, and action-oriented DeepThink Tanks — bringing together scholars, teachers, and community leaders to build partnerships and collaborations to investigate, create, and implement strategies for engagement.
Call for Participation
The conference theme, Building Engaged Infrastructure, challenges attendees to build ethical and durable community-university partnerships through teaching, research, and community writing, simultaneously challenging faculty who do community-engaged work to find support within university departments. The theme also explores how to build institutional support for departments themselves as they become more committed to community-engaged instruction and scholarship across the curriculum. Building that infrastructure of support, resources, and relationships is essential if the work is to be sustainable.
We welcome proposals from academics of all levels involved with engagement activities and community members involved in working for social change for individual papers, panels of 3–4 presenters, workshops, and digital "poster" displays that will help us understand how writing functions socially to inform, to empower, and to transform and how to build infrastructure to support engaged research and pedagogy.
We invite proposals related to Building Engaged Infrastructure on the following topics:
- Writing in the community
- Public and civic rhetorics
- Community-engaged pedagogies, including service-learning
- Literacy studies
- Digital activism, such as digital storytelling and multimodal public rhetorics
- Social entrepreneurship and business/professional writing
- Community-based scholarship and research
- Race, class, gender, and diversity
- Writing and social justice
- Creative non-fiction and journalism
- Sustainability and food studies
- Community publishing
- Administrative work with and support for community-engaged writing and research
Proposals should be no longer than 500 words.
Please feel free to contact the conference committee before proposing with any questions about presenting or ideas for workshops.
View more information & updates, connect with colleagues, and post proposals on our website: http://www.communitywriting.org/