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2 MLA Sessions on Scholarly Publishing

Here are two more "can't miss" sessions on electronic journals and digital publishing:

Thursday, 29 December
351. Electronic Journals 2005
8:30–9:45 a.m., Delaware Suite A, Marriott
Program arranged by the Committee on Information Technology

Presiding: Irene Thompson, George Washington Univ.

  1. “Romantic Circles and Romantic Circles Praxis,” Steven E. Jones, Loyola Univ., Chicago; Orrin Nan Chung Wang, Univ. of Maryland, College Park
  2. "The Writing Instructor,” David Blakesley, Purdue Univ., West Lafayette
  3. “Romanticism on the Net,” Bruce Edward Graver, Providence Coll.; Michael Eberle-Sinatra, Univ. of Montreal
  4. "Language Learning and Technology,” David Hiple, Univ. of Hawai‘i, Manoa

Thursday, 29 December
493. Digital Scholarly Publishing: Beyond the Crisis
1:45–3:00 p.m., Maryland Suite C, Marriott
Program arranged by the National Council of Teachers of English

Call for Nominations

November 2005
Call for Nominations for WPA Executive Board

WPA will hold elections for three Executive Board members this spring.

Executive Board members election:

We will be saying goodbye and thank you to Executive Board members Lauren Fitzgerald, Greg Glau, and Raul Sanchez. We therefore invite your nominations for three Executive Board members to replace those rotating off. The Executive Board oversees the WPA, its events, and its activities; creates policies and procedures for its management; and engages in special projects and initiatives. The new board members will serve for three years, with terms beginning in July of 2006.

Call for Nominations to WPA Executive Board

November 2005
Call for Nominations for WPA Executive Board

WPA will hold elections for three Executive Board members this spring.

Executive Board members election:

We will be saying goodbye and thank you to Executive Board members Lauren Fitzgerald, Greg Glau, and Raul Sanchez. We therefore invite your nominations for three Executive Board members to replace those rotating off. The Executive Board oversees the WPA, its events, and its activities; creates policies and procedures for its management; and engages in special projects and initiatives. The new board members will serve for three years, with terms beginning in July of 2006.

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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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CFP: Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing

APRIL 7 – 8, 2006
NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA

LAYERS / LOOPS / TWEENS:
THE (NEW?) RHETORICS AND POETICS OF COMPOSITION

The languages and practices of photo editing, film editing, web animation, digital music, and the open source movement are increasingly being adopted by teachers and scholars of writing to describe the processes, techniques, and products of human communication. The Ninth Annual GPACW invites participants to interrogate, perform, and/or report on the (new?) rhetorics and poetics of composition.

Submissions must be received by January 31, 2006.

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CFP: Computers and Writing 2006 (Deadline: Jan 15)

Computers and Writing 2006 invites proposals for its May 25-28 conference. Hosted by Texas Tech University, the theme for the program is “Still Making Knowledge on the Frontier(s).” To submit proposals by January 15 for workshops, poster sessions, round table discussions, and individual or panel presentations, see the submission form.

While each year brings new research questions to the field, scholars and instructors still wrestle with many enduring issues. In addition to our quest to understand more about writing, writing instruction, and training new writing instructors, we wish to examine the use of datagogy in our field, the continued search for valid and reliable visual and socially-networked writing environment assessment methodologies, the exploration of communication through wireless and mobile technologies, the developed integration of open-source tools with system-wide electronic performance support system services, and the increased influence of technical communication on composition. We encourage submissions in response to the following:

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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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Call for Proposals: WPA 2006 Summer Conference

Theme: Keeping on Track: Looking Back, Looking Forward, Looking Out for New Opportunities

July 13-16
Chattanooga Choo Choo Convention Center
Chattanooga , Tennessee

Submit a proposal for an individual presentation, poster session, panel, roundtable, or forum online using our Presenter Proposal Form. You need to be an authenticated site user and logged in order to submit a proposal. Your WPA membership will need to be current by the time of the conference. Register now if you need an account or use the log-in form to the right.

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 the our thematic focus on the importance of continual reflection, planning, and inquiry to maintaining direction and momentum for the writing programs we lead.

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