Call for Papers: Feminisms and Rhetorics

The conference will be hosted by the Rhetoric and Writing Program at Michigan State University, October 7-9, 2009. Beginning December 15, 2009 [sic], the 2009 Feminisms and Rhetorics committee will be accepting proposals that explore the connections between the conference theme, “Enabling Complexities: Communities/Writing/Rhetoric,” and our scholarly communities and practices.

Proposals accepted from Dec. 15, 2008 to Feb. 1, 2009. See more.

Found at Culture Cat where she says they are looking for proposals that

• *reflect* the complexity and diversity of who “we” are as a scholarly community;
• *make manifest* the deep structure of the connections, intersections, and overlaps that actually make us a community;
• *help articulate* who “we” are as a deliberate community of scholars, and what that means about our responsibilities and relationships to one another across scholarly areas and institutional positions;
• *highlight* scholarly and teacherly activities that deliberately create space for more complex notions of scholarship and teaching within the discipline of Rhet/Comp;
• *include* and significantly engage communities outside of the academy;
• *focus on* antiracist pedagogies and scholarship; present interdisciplinary scholarship in Afrafeminist Rhetorics; American Indian Rhetorics, Chicana Rhetorics, Asian American Rhetorics, post/neo-colonial rhetorics;
• *highlight* the intellectual traditions of women’s communities, especially communities constellated around specific identity markers such as race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation issues, geographic origins;
• *explore* the relationships between written, oral, and material discursive production;
• and other topics that *address* the connections in the conference theme.

The school year has begun. … and a comment on elite attitudes

I have five classes and I am enjoying them so far.

I did get a bit ahead of myself in two classes, because I assumed a greater familiarity with computers than some of my students actually had. But they still managed to get started and blog. (Go read their stuff at Davis English Addendum.

I’m going to have my other classes read and comment, trying to create a confluence of academia through this one blog portal.

… I’m a little po’ed about CEA’s “fragmented blogs” comment, which was just a throw away line in their conference inivitation.

We live in a world atomized into text messages and jump cuts, socially constructed snippets on networking sites, fragmented blogs and news bites, ones and zeroes.

says their call for papers

Is that atomized like reduced to atoms? So the world has been destroyed by texting, networking sites, blogs, and programming?

Don’t think so.

Odd perspective that.

Call for Papers: Science Fiction Research Association

It was not that long ago (perhaps five years) when I was at a conference where someone said that academics didn’t respect science fiction. Apparently science fiction academics are changing that, with a fortieth annual conference. (That’s pretty high up in numbers to be un-respected.)

If you have an interest:

The website says the conference is:

Engineering the Future and Southern-Fried Science Fiction and Fantasy
June 11-14, Atlanta, GA (Wyndham Midtown Hotel)
Guest of Honor: Michael Bishop
Special Guest Authors: F. Brett Cox, Paul di Filippo, Andy Duncan, Kathleen Ann Goonan, and Jack McDevitt

The deadline for proposals is April 1, 2009 at midnight EST.

I love the idea of southern-fried sci fi and fantasy… But I don’t know that it is what I read.

I’ll have to think about it.

If we propose, and we both get in, let me know and we can meet up.

Call for Papers: College English Association

The conference/call for papers page.

200-500 word proposals accepted online from August 31 to November 1, 2008.

The conference is in Pennsylvania on March 26-28, 2009.

“The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals on the theme of Design for our 40th annual conference, celebrating the organization’s 70th anniversary.”

Areas and special topics are listed on the page above.

Call for Papers that might fit you

Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism in Copenhagen in July of 2009. The theme this year is the bridge. Most of the session suggestions are business related. Are you teaching business writing? Maybe this one is for you.

• The bridge in higher education: fast tracking and ‘year zero’ programmes

Frontiers in Education for engineering information. If you are teaching engineers a lot in your writing class, this might be for you. Abstract deadline is January 14, 2009. The conference is in San Antonio in October 2009.

The Fairy Tale after Angela Carter

As such, the primary focus will be the critical and creative legacy of Carter’s work as writer, critic, editor and translator of fairy tales. Fairy-tale studies is an inherently interdisciplinary field, one in which there is a mutually enriching relationship between literary-historical scholarship and various forms of creative practice. The aim of the conference will be to stage and explore this relationship as energetically as possible; to assess the state of current critical and creative practice, as well as to pinpoint future directions for writing and research.

The deadline for abstracts is 3 November 2008. Jack Zipes will be speaking. The conference is in the UK.

Suggested topics are here.

Call for Papers: Computers and Writing 2009

at UC Davis

Submission Deadline: Friday, September 19, 2008
Submit Proposals (2000 characters or less) at

Themes for Computers and Writing 2009
Ubiquitous and Sustainable Computing
@ School, @ Work, @ Play

@ Schools: How have recent advances in information and communication technologies (ICTs) impacted the teaching of writing in elementary, middle, high school and postsecondary environments? How have ICTs been incorporated (or excluded) from writing assessment? How have first-year college composition programs changed because of new ICTs? At your institution, has first-year composition begun to include more multimodal forms of writing or has first-year composition become more focused on alphabetic literacy? How do educational institutions sustain faculty expertise to engage students in creating these contemporary compositions? What about open knowledge and academic publishing? How is the professional writing and publishing environment changed for faculty because of the ubiquitous web? To make this question concrete, we will recycle a question that has appeared on WPA-L: Do you put your academic blog on your c.v.? Computers and Writing has often focused discussion on students’ use of software delivered via desktops or laptops: What other computing devices are being used in composition courses? What other devices will be used in the next five years? the next ten? How do we shape the development of these technologies?

I bolded the points I think are most interesting to write about.

@ Play: Students’ lives are often full of music and games. While Napster has died, iPods and pod-casting are rich cultural areas of inquiry. Is a playlist on an iPod a composition? Is it a reflection of identity? How does playing World of Warcraft or other multiplayer online games shape a player’s sense of self? Outside of the classroom, students and faculty upload photos to flickr, play in SecondLife, and maintain Facebook profiles. These forms of composing identities and sharing aspects of our lives engender questions: Where are the boundaries between private and public spheres? What sorts of responsibilities do academic researchers have toward their research subjects and their subjects’ privacy when those lives are revealed online? How do playful uses of ICTs change academic literacy practices? Does play (e.g., txtmsging) negatively impact school literacy (e.g., spelling on an in-class essay)? If so, does it matter? Do the interfaces of Wiis, PlayStations, and Xboxes suggest other ways in which we might compose texts? Do some forms of play suggest that the keyboard could go the way of pen-and-paper (not extinction but into a second-class citizenship of a sort)?

Again bolded most interesting.

Question: Which of these do I think are most important and which ones could I present a paper on next summer?

The proposal is 2000 characters. I don’t have to write the paper yet, so I could use my classrooms to try out some different ideas, including cross-pollination of a classroom blog from two schools.

Call for Proposals: Open Society Institute

OSI’s own call for the Regional Seminar for Excellence in Teaching

OSI’s International Higher Education Support Program (HESP) invites concept proposals for the Regional Seminar for Excellence in Teaching (ReSET).

ReSET aims to develop and nurture teaching excellence at the undergraduate level in the region of Eastern and South Eastern Europe, the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union, and Mongolia. The program establishes a framework for the long-term collaborative development of scholarly teaching in areas important to the region’s undergraduate humanities and social sciences curricula.

Deadline is October 1, 2008.

Revision Spiral on 4Cs and Popular Culture/American Culture

I don’t remember why I ended up going there but Revision Spiral explains what she experienced last year with 4Cs and why she didn’t go this year. She also wrote about how to fix 4Cs, which, according to the comment there, was also addressed at the conference.

BUT the best thing she did was recommend Popular Culture/American Culture’s conference, which she went to this year instead of 4Cs. It sounded good. So I went and looked it up. The call for papers is up at their site. And the topics are PHENOMENAL. Yes, I know I’m yelling. You can’t see it but I’m also doing a little jiggly dance in anticipation of all the fun papers I could write (if they let you submit more than one).

Here are some of the categories I have already started work on that would be fun to present:

Fairy Tales:
which included in the call “use and value of fairy tales” which was the paper I was supposed to be composing today. Instead I wrote my politics one for TYCASW.

Could use the modern retelling of fairy tales too, since I use them in my class to discuss point of view and narrator.

Culture Conflict and Women:
I have a paper on women’s response to sexual assault. It’s not a fun topic, but it’s an important one. I don’t know if this is the kind of thing that they are looking for because there is no link for that. It’s a rhetoric topic. Hmm.

Gothic Literature:
I wanted to put together a teaching unit, but that’s probably not the kind of thing they were talking about. Still I know I have lots of starting points in my notes.
This would also fit right in with what SLAC wants, which is an 18th century person. That would up my credibility there. But it is also an English field that already has lots of people working in it. Could I come up with something new and exciting enough to be accepted?

Literature and Science:
“Use of literature (narrative, metaphor) in scientific thought and coursework” or “Theoretical, methodological, historical, sociological, political, economic, international, intercultural, visual, textual, and rhetorical commonalities or conflicts between the two cultures” were two of the subheadings that I thought sounded interesting.

I have been collecting online scientific references to Frankenstein and Gulliver’s Travels for a while now. There aren’t enough to create a paper, but, again, it would be a start. And it would be interesting to look for other literary references in popular science works.

Politics in a Mediated World:
I am currently putting together a political rhetorical analysis. I’ve already contacted someone about creating a panel for MLA. But this would be a possibility.

I couldn’t do the same paper as what I want to do for MLA, but there are lots of disparate parts to the study I am working on that would make interesting pieces. Kind of whet the appetite.

The real question, for me, is whether I want to become the expert on that area. Or if I want to do lots of different things. (Which is why PCAACA is so great!)

Science Fiction and Fantasy:
This is my personal reading love. I have or did have lots of notes on topics and things I was working on. However, they don’t seem to be blogged anywhere. I guess I must have put them on paper. Gasp!

I didn’t really see anything in the call section that spoke to me about my ideas. I did find “genre,” which is one of my interests and “teaching,” which is another. But I haven’t taught a class on this, though I was thinking of putting one together for a continuing education course.

I know I wrote a note about going to a Con and someone making a comment about how academics didn’t appreciate sci fi and someone saying something about the Berkeley study. It was such a telling remark. But I didn’t write it on the blog. Drats.

I liked that it is a vibrant group. And they said it is one of the largest. But I am not sure that this would be the place for my work. I’ll have to find my notes and think about it a bit.

Some of the options here were appealing as well. Genre-crossing authors (like Spencer, Sinclair, and Cast). Or I could look at the new forms, like the paranormal. Or individual works or authors. Or definitions and theoretical models. (That’s not quite the same thing as fun, but it would be interesting.)

While I haven’t been working on a paper in this area, I’ve been reading in this area for 35 years. I ought to be able to come up with something good.

Some other categories sounded interesting but I haven’t done any work on them. But I thought it might be fun to do work on them at some point.

Cemeteries and Graveyards
Since the conference is going to be in New Orleans it might be interesting to do the whole Marie Laveau thing.

Of course, those are major cemetery interests so probably someone else has done them. I only know about them because I was working on a romance novel, back a few years, and looked up a bunch of stuff on the lady/ladies.

Culture and Religion
Since I’m big into religion this might be an interesting paper to work on too. But there’s no clear call for papers and I’m not sure what would be in that category.

Children’s Pop Culture
Pokemon? And maybe I could do Butcher’s Fury series with it.

Books. Animorphs? The re-telling of fairy tales? Hey, that might be useful for the fairy tale paper. Am I an expert if I teach it? That would be cool.

Okay, children’s pop culture… Dora the Explorer. I could do interviews with my nieces and nephews friends. That might be fun. If I found an interesting angle.

TCEA Call for Papers

This is for writers and scholars who have works that are relevant to Texans. (I think they mean very particular to Texans. Obviously almost any regular discussion would be relevant to us.)

They are taking Texas-related creative writing as well as papers on any other English-related topic. I think I am going to go through my West Texas poetry and see if I can come up with enough to submit. I may have to do some major overhauling on a few of them, but there are some good ones in there.

You have to submit the whole creative writing work, but I don’t think that would be too hard. I mean, why would I want you to judge a story on something that isn’t finished yet. Too bad Texan Anti-Alien Militia isn’t a short story. That’d be cool to submit.

Conference of College Teachers of English Call for Papers

The conference is taking place in Austin and is being hosted by UT. It will take place March 5-7, 2009. The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2008. They prefer the full paper, but will accept a 500-word abstract.

I’d really like to put a panel together for this conference too, but I have no idea what it would be on.

I have a paper on using fairy tales to introduce literary analysis that I would like to put together. But I don’t know if that is a literature paper or a composition paper. I’m having trouble finding this year’s program. That might tell me a little more about what they are looking for.

There’s a creative writing section. I wonder if life writing/blogging counts as “creative nonfiction.” Could I work that out?

Of course, there is the state of the profession forum. I could write about adjuncting. They said the topics could cover any aspect of the English profession. I really think I should work up a proposal/paper on adjuncts. I’ve been one at two schools, three by the time the paper is due. Surely I could write about the things I have dealt with there in an interesting way. Nope. That’s last year’s topic. Drats.

For some reason I can’t get the site to come up.