: CFP: Conference on Community Writing

Conference Theme: Building Engaged Infrastructure
Boulder, CO
October 16-17, 2015

The Program for Writing and Rhetoric at University of Colorado Boulder is proud to host the first Conference on Community Writing — a space for scholars, teachers, program administrators, and community leaders to share scholarship and examine the theories, technologies, and best practices shaping Rhetoric and Composition, related disciplines, and the communities that house our institutions.  We call together innovators who push a range of social boundaries in their uses of writing and rhetoric in community settings and who encourage students to approach the act of composing as participatory members of publics beyond the classroom.

The conference theme, Building Engaged Infrastructure, challenges attendees to build strong and durable community-university partnerships through teaching, research, and community writing, simultaneously challenging faculty who do community-engaged work to find support within university departments. The theme also explores how to build institutional support for departments themselves as they become more engaged and committed to community-engaged instruction and scholarship across the curriculum, an essential infrastructure if the work is to be sustainable.

For community members who work outside of the university, the conference is an invitation to share expertise and experiences with writing and discourse as a means toward social change. The Conference on Community Writing will bring together academics and community innovators to explore the relationships between communication, writing, and action as attendees work together to build engaged departments and sustainable communities.

In addition to traditional panel presentations, workshops, and keynote sessions, we will foster collaborative, action-oriented working sessions, DeepThink Tanks, facilitated by community and disciplinary leaders, which address critical questions about writing and rhetoric in relation to social, environmental, and economic movements.

Call for Papers
We welcome proposals for individual papers, panels of 3-4 presenters, and workshops that will help us understand how writing functions socially to inform, to empower, and to transform and how to build infrastructure to support engaged research and pedagogy.
Proposals should be no longer than 500 words. A cover page should include the presenter’s name(s), professional title and affiliation, and contact information, including email. Please specify whether you are submitting an individual paper, panel, or workshop, and include the title.

We invite proposals related to "Building Engaged Infrastructure" on the following topics:

  • Writing in the community
  • Community-engaged pedagogies, including service-learning
  • Public and civic rhetorics
  • Literacy studies
  • Digital work, such as digital storytelling and multimodal public rhetorics
  • Social entrepreneurship and business/professional writing
  • Community-based scholarship and research
  • Race, class, gender, and diversity
  • Writing and social justice
  • Creative non-fiction and journalism
  • Sustainability and food studies
  • Community publishing
  • Administrative work with and support for community-engaged writing and research

Submission deadline is December 5, 2014.  
Visit the conference website at www.communitywriting.org