7.0167 CFP Computers and Writing '94 (1/178)

Wed, 8 Sep 1993 17:05:13 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 7, No. 0167. Wednesday, 8 Sep 1993.

Date: Wed, 08 Sep 93 13:53:42 CDT
From: Eric Crump <C509379@MIZZOU1>
Subject: Computers & Writing Call for Proposals

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Call for Proposals

The Tenth


Hosted by the University of Missouri
Columbia, MO
May 20-23, 1994

The Global Web of Writing Technologies

This conference serves a growing and diverse community of writing
teachers, students, and scholars who are interested in the
convergence of computer technology and writing education. Many
schools are now poised for their first leap into computer writing
instruction, while in other places writing teachers and their
students are making forays into new domains such as the wide world
of the Internet. This conference brings together people from those
extremes and from all points on the intervening continuum to share
their ideas, research, and experiences. ************************
---------------- * Tight travel budget? *
The program for this year's conference will emphasize the role of |
the wide-area academic networks in writing education. And |
electronic access will, we hope, make attending the event possible|
to people who for some reason cannot travel to Columbia. It seems |
only appropriate that conferences--especially those that are |
concerned with computers and computer networks--should employ |
the reach of the Internet in order to give more people access |
to the conversation. ******************** <--|
---------------- * Attend C&W94 via *
* the Internet (at *
* a reduced fee) *
We invite proposals that pertain in some way to the use of
computers at any level of writing education, K-12 to community
colleges to colleges and large universities, from technologically
rich environments to places where instruction with computers is
just getting started. Hands-on sessions, demonstrations, or any
other format that encourages audience participation and interaction
are particularly welcome. Here is a short list from among
innumerable possible topics:

--The latest reports from teachers and students--K-12 through
college level--who are exploring the possibilities of networked

--Tales of adventure from teachers and students who are venturing
from the classroom into the wider network world

--Help taking the first steps toward incorporating computers into
writing instruction and research

--Possibilities for using computers to forge better connections
between K-12 and college educators

--Hypertext theory, its classroom applications and cultural

--Hypermedia applications and their impact on how we view "text,"
"rhetoric," and "writing"

--Writing in distance education programs

--Computers and networks in writing across the curriculum programs

--The legal, economic, and cultural impact of computer technology

--The latest studies of and experiences with word processing and
computer-assisted instruction programs

--The impact of computer technology on writing and editing in

--How global information networks may affect the nature of journalism

--Hypertext and network collaboration and new shapes in creative

--The changing relationship between writers and information
sources: libraries and librarians of the future

--The history and future of the computers and writing field

The tenth Computers and Writing Conference seems like an
appropriate place and time in which to indulge in some
retrospection, introspection, and prognostication. We hope veterans
and novices in the field will suggest opportunities for exploring
the State of the Field, whether via special forums or by weaving
the subject into regular sessions.

We hope to have adequate access to a multiple user environment
(MediaMOO, probably, or Internet Relay Chat) for conference
activities. Presenters who are interested in trying something
rather new might want to consider proposing sessions that include
realtime conferencing over the Internet using these systems.

The electronic forum offered this year by the University of
Michigan was a great success, and we plan to continue the
practice. Although the technical details have not yet been
nailed down, we expect to make available a similar bulletin-
board-type conferencing system that will allow participants
to read presentation summaries and discuss the issues they
raise well in advance of the May 20-23 gathering in Columbia.

Presenters whose proposals are accepted will be asked to
submit longer versions for use in conjunction with the
electronic conference. Details will be included in
acceptance notices.

Proposals for sessions on any subject related to computers and
writing will be accepted from August 1 to November 1, 1993. We
encourage electronic submission, but acceptance is not in any way
contingent upon it. Submissions can also be made in print or on 3.5
inch computer disks, initialized either in Macintosh or IBM format,
as long as the text is saved in ASCII (text) format. Notification
will be made in January 1994.

Please submit a 200- to 300-word abstract plus title for individual
presentations, for poster sessions, and for each portion of panel
presentations. For roundtables, think tanks, and readings (creative
writing, for example), please submit a single 300-word abstract with
names and addresses of each participant along with descriptions of the
contribution each participant will make. For workshops, please include,
in addition to a single 300-word abstract, an estimated timetable of

We also invite alternative session formats to the ones listed
here. Past conference-goers have expressed interest in more
of the hands-on and demo-type sessions, but presenters should
also feel free to suggest presentation formats that best fit
their work (although in the interest of the organizers' sanity,
it might be good to also suggest standard options in case the
preferred version simply can't be made to fit the program).

Include name, institutional affiliation, postal address, and electronic
mail address for each presenter.

Each submission should include a description, as precise as possible,
of equipment needs, if any. We do not guarantee absolutely that
equipment requests will be fulfillable, but we will do our best to
provide excellent technical support and will work with presenters to
make the best arrangements we can. Computer classrooms and labs
sporting IBM 55s with OS/2 2.1 or DOS 6.0 and Macintosh Centris
computers with System 7.1 will be available. Any additional hardware
or software requirements will need to be arranged on a case-by-case

Send electronic submissions (and any other correspondence) to: Eric Crump
at LCERIC@mizzou1.bitnet or LCERIC@mizzou1.missouri.edu. Please include
somewhere in the subject line: CWC94.

Send disks and print submissions to: Eric Crump, 231 Arts & Science,
University of Missouri. Columbia, MO 65211.

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