2017 Southern Regional Composition Conference

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February 1, 2017
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2017 Southern Regional Composition Conference

Theme: Access and Agency


The Campus Writing Program at Arkansas State University, in partnership with the Department of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Arkansas at Little RockDepartment of Writing at the University of Central Arkansas, and the Department of English at University of Memphis is hosting a regional conference on the theory, practice, and pedagogy of first-year writing on Friday, April 14, 2017.



The conference features keynote speaker Dr. Aja Y. Martinez, AssistantProfessor of Writing and Rhetoric at SyracuseUniversity, co-editor of the collection, Code-meshing as World English: Policy, Pedagogy, and Performance, and author of “A Plea for Critical Race Theory Counterstory: Dialogues Concerning Alejandra’s ‘Fit’ in the Academy,” which was recently selected for inclusion in 2016’s Best of the Independent Journals in Rhetoric and Composition.


This year we invite proposals addressing the themes of access and agency as they pertain to writing instruction at the college and secondary level (i.e., concurrent enrollment and dual credit). While Composition scholars explore and wrestle with different issues of access, at the root of all of these discussions is agency and the ways access can empower or disenfranchise individuals.


In “Creating a Culture of Access in Composition Studies,” Elizabeth Brewer, Cynthia L. Selfe, and Melanie Yergeau argue that Composition Studies needs to create a culture of access as they reflect on the “dismally slow and frustratingly uneven” moves toward accessibility in regards to disability. In Rhetorics of Motherhood, Lindal Buchanan uncovers “the access issues that plague poor and rural women” (142) and in the most recent issue of Kairos, Janine Butler suggests that American Sign Language music videos “can enhance accessible multimodal pedagogies.” Nedra Reynold concludes “Interrupting Our Way to Agency: Feminist Cultural Studies and Composition,” by asking “How can women and other marginalized speakers and writers interrupt the very discourses and practices that exclude or diminish them?” (71)


Last year’s keynote address by Vershawn Ashanti Young reiterated and advocated for students’ rights to their own languages, dialects, and identities, illustrating the intertwinement of access and agency. This year, Martinez will further this discussion by addressing the obstacles and importance of marginalized students’ access to the university.


We ask this year’s participants to consider the existing threads and develop new areas of inquiry created by issues of access, being sure to reflect upon their connection to agency.


Relevant proposals might explore:

  • Strategies for ensuring traditionally marginalized groups access to the institution through First-Year Writing courses and Writing Centers;

  • How and to what extent First-Year Writing courses can/should provide students with access to writing in their disciplines and beyond;

  • Strategies for creating accessible classrooms, materials, and services for First-Year Writing students and faculty;

  • How access to archives and knowledge of institutional histories contribute to programmatic and personal agency;

  • How and to what extent we should reconsider First-Year Writing instruction and/or the discipline, at large, on account of emergent technologies and to whom these technologies extend or impede access;

  • How open-access texts have impacted First-Year Writing instruction at the college and secondary level, particularly in relation to students and faculty from rural areas;

  • The ways in which the CCC Policy on Disability meets or does not meet the needs of First-Year Writing students and faculty.


Please note that, though we certainly encourage conference participants to consider the theme, proposals are not obligated to explicitly mention the theme and can address a range of other topics pertaining to composition theory and practice, pedagogy, and rhetorical theory.


Submit a Proposal

Proposals should include:

  • The names, email addresses, and institutional affiliations of presenter(s).

  • Title of panel/paper

  • Abstract of 250-400 words (for panels, include a brief abstract for each paper).


Panels are 50 minutes and will be comprised of 2-3 speakers. Panelists on 2-person panels will each have 15-20 minutes to present. Panelists on 3-person panels will each have 10-12 minutes to present.


In line with the 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication, we also encourage “think-tank sessions,” or “facilitated discussions around organizational, professional, or disciplinary issues or concerns, intended to generate concrete recommendations for how to ‘create change’” (“Cultivating Ideas for CCCC 2017”).


Proposals should be emailed to srcc2017AState@gmail.com as an attachment to by no later than February 1, 2017 for inclusion on the program or by no later than December 1, 2016 for Expedited Review . Those who submit their proposals by December 1st will receive notification regarding their status by December 15.



Attend the conference on Friday, April 14, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Student Union at Arkansas State University. Local information, including parking information and campus and building maps, will be distributed in February 2017.



Early-Bird Registration is $15 for students and adjunct faculty and $45 for full-time faculty. After February 1, 2016, registration is $20 for students and adjunct faculty and $50 for full-time faculty. On-site registration will be available at the conference site the day of the conference, though we encourage you to R.S.V.P. through Facebook so we can ensure that we have plenty of food, refreshments, and materials.


Registration checks should be sent to:

Central Receiving, Attn: Kristi Costello, Radical Writes Conference
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
7231 Pawnee Building A
State University, AR 72467


Additional Opportunities for Graduate Students

This year, we are happy to be hosting The Radical Writes Conference at the same time and place as the Southern Regional Composition Conference. The Radical Writes Conference, developed by Southeast Missouri State in 2012, is a graduate student conference that highlights writers who produce innovative and distinctive creative and critical work in its multitude of forms. Students are welcome to submit poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction or critical works pertaining to composition and rhetoric, critical theory, literature, and related fields of study. In addition to conference participants’ presentations, conference attendees can expect panels on topics related to professionalization and opportunities for networking with publishers. Graduate students are welcome to present at both conferences. Colleagues who are registered for the SRCC can attend any and all Radical Writes panels and events free of charge.  See our website for more information: http://www.astate.edu/college/humanities-and-social-sciences/departments/english-and-philosophy/writing-guide/radical-writes-conference.dot