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:

  • What have we learned about writing and writing instruction? How are we preparing others to teach in light of what we've learned? How are we disseminating our research results?
  • How are interface and interaction design important to computers and writing?
  • Where are wide-scale teaching and assessment tools taking us? Consider ePortfolios, database delivery systems, social network tools, integration with publisher companion Web site resources, online warehouses, and powerful search engines and specialized search routines.
  • Where and what knowledge is being created, and how is it being recognized? Consider issues such as copyright/copyleft, intellectual property, online education, and promotion and tenure.
  • How are research techniques to study newly technologized contexts being adapted/created?
  • How are we resisting/embracing applications/ideologies from other disciplines For instance, how are we operating in the "corporate (or corporatized) university?
  • How are we making room in our disciplines for new ideas and new voices?
  • What is (or should be) the relationship between technical communication and composition?
  • Which technological tools have we adopted out of necessity, and what are our current choices?
  • How has the use of technology in writing centers contributed to knowledge making in writing instruction? What are some of the new frontiers we're exploring and what are we learning from them?

We look forward to seeing you in Lubbock May 25-28.

- The TTU Technical Communication and Rhetoric Faculty and Graduate Students