CFP: Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing

APRIL 7 – 8, 2006


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.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
• Literal and figurative layering effects in composition.
• The history of looping: from free writing to new media and back again.
• What falls ‘tween the cracks as composition moves from page to screen, from essay to project?
• Open source as software development and a rhetorical device: open source democracy, open source education, etc.
• Working with new media compositions: labor practices and challenges associated with teaching and technology.
• Being worked over by new media compositions: saturation, deception, and the attention economy.
• Playing with new media compositions: creativity and experimentation in composition.

While we are particularly interested in proposals that address the conference theme, papers and panels on all aspects of computers and writing will be considered.

Individual presenters should submit a 250-word abstract; include your name, complete mailing address, and e-mail address. Proposals for panels must include an abstract for each presenter, as well as names, addresses and e-mail addresses of all participants. Graduate and advanced undergraduate students are encouraged to submit. Abstracts submitted as e-mail attachments in Word are preferred but hard copies will also be accepted.

Keynote Speaker:
Madeleine Sorapure, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Sorapure’s teaching and research is breaking new ground in the application of Macromedia Flash for composition studies; more generally, her work maps the intersections of electronic writing, autobiography, and popular culture. Together with Michael Petracca, she has published a composition reader/textbook on popular culture, entitled Common Culture (Prentice Hall, 5th Edition 2005). Other publications include articles on autobiography and contemporary fiction in Modern Fiction Studies, Studies in Short Fiction and elsewhere.

Address all submissions or inquires to or snail mail: Department of English, North Dakota State University, Fargo ND 58105.

GPACW online:

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