CALL FOR PROPOSALS

INKSHED 20

Thursday, May 8 to Sunday, May 11, 2003

Come and Celebrate 20 years of Inkshed conferences at Hockley Highlands Inn and Conference Centre, Orangeville, Ontario

It's a relaxing spot, with all kinds of amenities (like an indoor pool and exercise facilities); however, for most of us, the prime recreational activity will undoubtedly be walking (or sitting on the huge outdoor deck looking out at) our famous Bruce Trail.

Cost: a very reasonable $130 a night for a single room with bath shared between two rooms or $140 for a single room with private bath; all meals included. The conference fee itself will probably be similar to last year's conference: $75 ($35 student and un(der)employed)

Details about registering will be distributed later . . . Right now we want you to start thinking about how you can contribute to this year's program. Inkshed conferences are always good, but we want this to be a REUNION conference so we encourage all current and former Inkshedders to return to the fold. We also encourage first-timers to come and experience what has kept us going for 20 years!

This year's theme:

TEACHING IN CONTEXTS: READING, WRITING, SPEAKING, LEARNING

Thinking about context is a crucial part of understanding any rhetorical situation, but what is the exact nature of such thinking? How do we teach our students to do it? And how does the context in which we do that teaching -- the classroom, the discipline, the institution -- affect our efforts? Do the differences between the classroom and the world outside (the oft-invoked "real world") help or hinder our efforts?

For Inkshed 20, we invite proposals that address topics in this area, broadly defined. What role does context, and thinking about context, play in your teaching and in your studentsí learning of reading, writing, and speaking? Here are a few of the kinds of context which might be important here:

Inkshed encourages presentations in unusual and innovative formats as well as straightforward "stand and deliver" papers of the sort given at most academic conferences. Proposals may be individual or collaborative; workshops, panels, and performances are all welcome, and a special session will be set aside for poster presentations. The conference will also feature a reading table to which all attendees are invited to contribute items they would like others to read, and which will furnish the basis for a structured discussion session and lots of informal discussion.

Please note: Some funding is available to subsidize travel and conference expenses for graduate students and underemployed individuals.

PLEASE SEND PROPOSALS BY JANUARY 30 TO THE CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS at Inkshed20@yorku.ca. Conversations about proposals are welcome on the CASLL listerv -- or on the special Inkshed 20 listserv, about which details will follow.

From your trusty conference organizers: Margaret Procter, Barbara Rose, Brock Macdonald, Patricia Golubev (the U. of Ters) and Leslie Sanders and Mary-Louise Craven (from York, where else?)