CFP Writing as a Way of Being Human - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 1, 2017

deadline for submissions: 
April 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning

Writing as a Way of Being HumanAssembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning2017 Summer Conference YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, COJune 22-25, 2017
PROPOSAL DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 1, 2017 Inspired by keynote speaker Robert Yagelski’s Writing as a Way of Being, the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning (AEPL)’s summer 2017 conference will bring together teachers, writers, and scholars from a variety of institutions, K-PhD, to investigate and enact what Yagelski calls the “potentially transformative inquiry into self and world that writing can be.” The human element has never been more important for our teaching and writing practices. As a result of defunding, perpetual assessment, and other ideological and social pressures, our institutions are in crisis. Yagelski views these problems as a result of the artificial separations of self/world and mind/body in everyday experience. The divides widen when we conceive of writing and writing instruction as means to an end rather than as a reflective and generative practice we might share together. Joining together in intentional acts of writing can awaken us to our interconnectedness, and to ways in which—as individuals and as a writing community—we might address the social and environmental challenges of our present and future world. The Assembly invites proposals for 75-minute workshops (preferred) or 20-minute presentations that address the conference topic or related topics addressing expanded perspectives on learning. Workshops should consist of hands-on learning activities participants might adapt and use in their teaching and/or research. Proposals may focus on one or more of the specific themes below from pedagogical, historical, theoretical and/or personal perspectives. Collaborative and creative approaches are encouraged. Writing and the self

  • Writing as experience/the experience of writing
  • Writing and knowing             
  • Writing and well-being
  • Writing and transformative learning
  • Writing as spiritual practice                           
  • Writing and Buddhism                                              

                                                                                               Writing and the body

  • Writing and/against mind-body dualisms
  • Writing for/as self-care                                  
  • Writing as visibility/invisibility
  • Gendered writing/writing gender
  • Writing as a practice of compassion

 Writing beyond the text

  • Multimodal writing pedagogies
  • Writing and collage
  • Digital writing
  • Writing and posthumanism
  • Writing in the postpedagogical turn
  • Writing and crises of sustainability

 Writing in community

  • The ethics of writing
  • Pedagogies of kindness
  • Writing and/as ethical attunement
  • Writing for/as social justice
  • Writing in/at the margins

 Submit a 100-150 word abstract suitable for program inclusion and a 100-150 word bio to: Please indicate whether you are proposing a 75-minute workshop or a 20-minute presentation. Proposals are due by February 1, 2017. Proposals will be accepted and reviewed early for those wanting discounted registration.