The 21st-century is all about meaning, relations, creativity, subjectivity, historicity, and the trans– as in translingual and transcultural competence. We should conceive of what we do in ways that are more appropriate for a global, decentered, multilingual, and multicultural world, more suited to our uncertain and unpredictable times.
—Claire Kramsch in “Ecological Perspectives on Foreign Language Education”
As students and professionals continue to adapt their writing to a variety of new contexts, scenes, and situations, we need to deliberate about how to prepare writers for the complex literacies of our increasingly connected, global space. This conference aims to explore and discuss how we can prepare writers to function across/without borders, build on traditional frameworks or build additional frameworks for 21st century literacies. We hope to foster conversation about writing praxis across a variety of cultural, disciplinary, and institutional borders, transforming the way we “do” writing in our own contexts.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Literacies across cultural borders
- Transcultural/transnational/translingual rhetorics and writing education
- Writing transfer across contexts and sites (K12 to college, community college to 4-year institution, FYC to writing in disciplines, academic to workplace settings and vice versa)
- Reading and writing in virtual spaces and their impact on writing
- Genres across borders/Genre meshing/Genre camouflaging
- Social media and its impact on academic writing
- Technology, coding and emerging digital literacies
- Print ↔ Digital
We seek to transform our inherited paradigm of conference presentation: reading a paper. We solicit proposals from students, teachers, administrators, and researchers in a variety of formats to foster discussion, conversation, connections, and new partnerships across various borders. Possible formats include master classes, interactive workshops and seminars, roundtables, fishbowl discussions, round robins, campfire sessions, and works-in-progress sessions.
Individual Submissions should be no more than 300 words or the equivalent Multi-Modal proposal, explaining both the purpose of your session and your overall plan for a 15-20-minute time frame.
Group Submissions should be no more than 800 words or the equivalent Multi-Modal proposal, explaining both the purpose of your session and your overall plan for a 75-minute time frame.
The Deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, April 22.
We are happy to announce that the proposal deadline for Transcendent Literacies, University Writing Program’s 2016 Conference, has been extended to August 15, 2016. We hope that this postponement will allow you to take a breather and gather your ideas after this hectic semester.
We will send periodic reminders over the summer months.
We will respond to proposals by end of August to give you time to prepare for the conference on October 28th.
Thank you very much for your submissions to the 2016 UWP Writing Conference!
The Call for Proposals deadline has now passed. If you would like to attend the conference, please visit our Registration Page and register.
We look forward to seeing you on October 28!