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CFP for collection "Teaching Writing in a Globalized World": due Jan. 15, 2006

CFP: The editors of a new collection, "Teaching Writing in a Globalized World: Remapping Composition Studies," are seeking proposals for original articles that explore the implications of globalization on the teaching of writing.

Globalization is, of course, a contested term: it has been cast by some as the positive spread of Western capitalism coupled with a US version of democracy, by others as a destructive stage of late capitalism replete with exploitations of non-industrialized countries' peoples and resources.

Globalization is also often regarded as a process of homogenization of cultures and identities vis-à-vis mass productions and consumptions of goods worldwide, as the construction of a "global village" thanks to new information technologies and new forms of mobility, and as a process of postmodern hybridization and the breaking down of former nation-state epistemologies. Despite such variance, however, one thing about globalization is undeniable: we are all saturated in it, and we must acknowledge and adapt to it in our pedagogical practices. We therefore encourage authors to develop working definitions of globalization (or facets thereof) as they explore potential and actual ways in which the teaching of writing either should be or is being refigured in response.

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2006 WPA Conference in Chattanooga: CFP due Feb 1, 2006

Call for Proposals

2006 Summer Conference of the
Council of Writing Program Administrators
Chattanooga (Tennessee) Choo Choo Convention Center and Hotel
July 13-16
Train yourself for excitement as you make plans for participating in the 2006 WPA Conference at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Convention Center next July! Our theme, “Keeping on Track: Looking Back, Looking Forward, and Looking Out for New Opportunities,” acknowledges both the famous Chattanooga Choo Choo and nearby Lookout Mountain, but it also conveys our thematic focus on the importance of continual reflection, planning, and inquiry to maintain direction and momentum for the writing programs we lead.

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MLA Events of Interest to WPAs--all of the info in one place

MLA Sessions of Interest to WPAs:
WPA Panels at 2005 MLA in Washington, D.C.
Thursday, 29 December
599. Writing Program Administration and (Multi)Media
7:15-8:30 p.m., Hoover, Marriott Wardman Park
Presiding: Shirley K Rose, Purdue University

  1. "The More Things Change"
    Deborah H. Holdstein, Northern Illinois University
  2. "Breaking (the) News: Changing Stories about Writing and Writers in Mainstream Media through the WPA Network for Media Action"
    Linda Adler-Kassner, Eastern Michigan University
  3. "Coming Soon to a Writing Program Near You"
    Todd Taylor, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  4. "Multi-Media Archives and the Documentation of WPAs' Intellectual Work"
    Shirley K Rose, Purdue University

Looking Forward to Chattanooga

I’ve just returned from a short trip to Chattanooga to get a preview of the site of our 2006 WPA conference and workshop in July, the Chattanooga Choo Choo Holiday Inn and Convention Center (http://www.choochoo.com/). Local Committee leaders Lauren Ingraham, Jennifer Beech, and James Inman and I took a tour of the meetings rooms where our conference sessions will be held and got a good look at many of the other features of the hotel developed around this historic site, including train cars converted into sleeping rooms and train station transformed into hotel lobby. After the tour, we met for about an hour of conference program planning, then caught the electric shuttle for a 10-minute ride from the hotel to downtown for lunch.

Division on History and Theory of Rhetoric Panels at MLA

Please note these additional MLA sessions of interest to WPAs:

(information about sessions sponsored by the council of Writing Program Administrators and sessions sponsored by the Teaching of Writing Division is available at http://wpacouncil.org/node/178)

*329. Ancient Rhetorics and Contemporary Pedagogies
Wednesday, 28 December
7:15–8:30 p.m., Wilson A, Marriott Wardman Park

Presiding: Don Bialostosky, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh

CompFAQs Wiki for Developing WPA Knowledge

If you're interested in WPA knowedge or in how WPAs develop knowledge, check out Glenn Blalock and Rich Haswell's new web resource for WPAs. From the home page of CompFAQs:

CompFAQs is a Wiki site, an extension of CompPile, meant to be a space for collaborating on answers to questions we pose regularly as writing teachers and as administrators of writing programs.

http://comppile.tamucc.edu/wiki/CompFAQs/Home

WPA at MLA 2005: The Panels

WPA Panels at 2005 MLA in Washington, D.C.
Thursday, 29 December
599. Writing Program Administration and (Multi)Media
7:15-8:30 p.m., Hoover, Marriott Wardman Park

Presiding: Shirley K Rose, Purdue University

1. "The More Things Change"
Deborah H. Holdstein, Northern Illinois University
2. "Breaking (the) News: Changing Stories about Writing and Writers in Mainstream Media through the WPA Network for Media Action"
Linda Adler-Kassner, Eastern Michigan University
3. "Coming Soon to a Writing Program Near You"

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