Corridors: Blue Ridge Writing and Rhetoric Conference CFP

deadline for submissions: 
May 15, 2019
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Corridors: Blue Ridge Writing and Rhetoric Conference / Virginia Tech
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Corridors: Blue Ridge Writing and Rhetoric Conference Call for Papers

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 

Location: Virginia Tech in Shanks Hall, 181 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24060

Submission Deadline: May 15, 2019 


Theme: Rhetoric and Writing Studies: Dappled Discipline/Dappled Methods/Dappled Pedagogies


Plenary Speaker: Dr. Caddie Alford (Assistant Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University) 


The Virginia Tech Composition Program, Rhetoric and Writing PhD Program, and Center for Rhetoric in Society invite you (faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, teachers, community members, anyone interested) to propose ideas toward the first Corridors Conference to be held in the Blue Ridge region. The Corridors: Blue Ridge Writing and Rhetoric Conference is a free one-day conference, which will be held Saturday, September 21, 2019, in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Proposals should relate to this year’s theme, Rhetoric and Writing Studies: Dappled Discipline/Dappled Methods/Dappled Pedagogies.

Janice Lauer’s germinal work “Composition Studies: Dappled Discipline” (1984) referred to the dappled nature of the work we do in rhetoric and writing studies, rightly claiming that “[we have] maintained from the beginning what a number of disciplines are just starting to admit—that many of their most important problems can be properly investigated only with multiple research methods” (25-26). 

This year’s Corridors: Blue Ridge asks presenters and attendees to consider together just how sufficiently that dappledness is holding up in the contexts of research, teaching, and disciplinary initiation. While this patchwork approach was implied as a positive in the early years of the discipline’s formation, such borrowing and recombining also bears out limitations. With this context to orient its theme, this year’s conference asks presenters to consider the following questions:

  • How, exactly, is dappledness operating in your teaching, your research, or in your inquiry into the contemporary disciplinary landscape?
  • What does it take to be an effective dappler in the twenty-first century? How is dappling differently available to first-time researchers, newer teachers, or disciplinary initiates than it is to those with more experience?
  • What are some of the risks of dappling, particularly in pedagogical contexts, leading to confusion or mixed messages, potentially?
  • How and why are you borrowing, blending, or otherwise mixing divergent influences on your work? What are some of the consequences of this patchiness?
  • What are the limitations of dappledness for rhetoric and writing now?

We invite 150-word proposals that respond to the conference theme or question(s) using one of the following session formats (all sessions will be 70 minutes):

  • Panel Presentation: 3 presentations of 15 minutes each on a specific theme or question.
  • Individual Presentation: 15-minute presentation.
  • Workshop: A participatory session that engages attendees in active learning related to the conference theme or question. Proposals should be explicit about the activity and the anticipated takeaways for attendees.
  • Roundtable Discussion: 15 minutes of introductory framing by the leader(s), followed by a facilitated discussion among attendees.

We are especially interested in proposals that briefly contextualize research and teaching questions related to dappledness (understood broadly) and that also express succinctly what presenters believe attendees will take away from the session.

Proposals are due May 15, 2019. Please visit the Corridors: Blue Ridge website ( to read the full CFP and submit a proposal.  


If you have any questions, please reach out to the conference organizers: Derek Mueller (, Kelly Scarff ( or Brooke Covington (