CFP: Computers and Writing

Computers and Writing May 17-20, 2012
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CFP: Computers and Writing 2012
ArchiTEXTure: Composing and Constructing in Digital Spaces

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Onsite Conference: Thursday, May 17, 2012 – Sunday, May 20, 2012
Proposal Submission Opens: September 1, 2011
Proposal Due Date: October 22, 2011 (before midnight EST)
Notifications of Acceptance: December 15, 2011
Registration Opens: January 15, 2012
Online Conference: Dates to be announced

Keynote Speakers: David Parry, Alex Reid, Anne Wysocki

We welcome proposal submissions for Computers and Writing 2012, “ArchiTEXTure: Composing and Constructing in Digital Spaces.” Under this theme, we encourage submitters to consider issues, challenges, and benefits specifically related to the production of digital texts. Additionally, submissions are encouraged to consider questions that both address “archiTEXTure” in the classroom and as part of a scholarly agenda.

The goal of this conference is to move beyond traditional, print-based examinations of new media objects as texts. Thus, we are interested in how digital spaces and new media objects interact with and influence the ways that we compose ourselves, our classrooms and our scholarly work. The archiTEXTure of new media can be the media object itself, but can also be the the contexts, spaces, bodies, materials, ideas, and histories of media. The TEXTure of the media could be the screen, but it could also be the differing surfaces and materials of media. In the space between the competing materialities of classroom and text, we can ask questions about construction, process, movement, and change.

At Computers and Writing 2012 we will turn our focus to those issues related specifically to composing and constructing as writing flows from the page and the screen to new contexts and formats. The concerns listed below are not exhaustive, but a beginning point for participants to consider:

* What are the material and/or immaterial barriers and considerations involved in creating new media/digital texts?
* What changes in the creative process take place when students and instructors utilize new or unfamiliar technologies?
* How do the institutions in which we teach and work constrain or enable different forms of production?
* How do new media objects and digital spaces help us to build identities as scholars, instructors, and/or students?
* How do new media objects and digital spaces enhance the way we construct our courses?
* What practical concerns do we and our students face when developing new media/digital texts?
* What do new media objects tell us about how technology influences the relationship to space, body, and self?

Presentation Formats

Computers and Writing 2012 invites proposals in a variety of formats: conference presentations and panels, posters, performances, half and full day workshops. We also introduce a new spin on the mini-workshop: a type of session we call CREATE! In all presentation formats, we strongly encourage presenters to move beyond a traditional read-aloud paper and consider other delivery methods.

* Individual Presentations (20 minutes; 250-word proposal)
* Panels and Roundtables (90 minutes; 3 or more presenters; 500-word proposals)
* Interactive Installations (250-word proposals)
o Replacing the traditional poster session, we instead encourage scholars to share research projects, game play, software, videos, or other media that they are researching in or teaching with. Interactive Installation proposals should describe space and technology requirements.
* Half-Day or Full-Day Pre-Conference Workshops (1 or more presenters; 500-word proposals plus schedule of activities)
o Pre-conference workshops are intended to involve participants in a technology or issue set that rewards intensive work, giving them opportunities to learn new applications, assessment, and integration of emergent technologies for writing, learning, and collaboration. Workshops should be participatory, and proposals should articulate how attendees will interact with each other, the presenters, and/or technologies involved.
* CREATE! (1 or more presenters; 500-word proposals)
o CREATE! sessions are similar to mini-workshop sessions at prior C&W conferences. For these sessions facilitators should focus on presenting a specific application or skill to attendees, and all participants should leave the CREATE! sessions with an artifact that they produced. This artifact can be something quite traditional—the basic outline for a lesson plan or a specific activity to use in a classroom—or it could be a new media object.

* ConstrucTEXT (1 or more artists/performers; 500-word proposals, including samples of work if applicable)
o ConstrucTEXT sessions are designed specifically to invite artists, performers, and creators to present their work at the conference. We are interested in highlighting artists who are interacting with technologies in some way, shape or form. Sessions can be performance-based, and artists should indicate length of performance, and space and technology needs. In addition, artists are encouraged to take some time to talk about their work which could be during a round table with other artists or an individual session.


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