Volume 21, Number 3, Autumn 2004

Call for Proposals:












Proposal Deadline:

January 30, 2005






Inkshed XXII

“Writing for Others: Others Writing”

Conference of the Canadian Association for the Study of Language and Learning

White Point Beach Resort, Nova Scotia
May 12-15, 2005

This year’s theme arose from discussion of the importance of writing for identity, ‘authentic’ projects, and the changing contexts in which we both teach and write. We invite you to consider the possibilities below and any other topics linked to the main theme:

  • writing in the first person and the ‘discursive I’ in academic texts

  • eaching writing for professional contexts

  • collaborative writing for and/or with others: community projects, service learning

  • cross-cultural and alternative literacies in research, teaching and professional contexts
    writing in/to/for/of the public

  • authority, assessment, and audience in academic writing
    citation practices and the ‘other’

  • interdisciplinary writing

  • writing centres, writing workshops and support groups
    discursive communities and the politics of ‘otherness’

  • writing ourselves for others: professional genres: reference letters, annual reports, research articles, grant applications, presentations . . .

  • writing/creating others: professional uses of writing in medical, therapeutic, social services, media, literary . . . contexts to define/create others

The Inkshed Conference format—which includes inkshedding, discussion, and no concurrent sessions—encourages a continuing conversation among all participants. As anyone who has attended Inkshed before will know, the conversations begun here often continue on the list and in the newsletter. For more information on CASLL, Inkshed, and inkshedding, please visit our website.

As usual, we want to avoid the “talking heads-reading papers” model by encouraging participatory and unconventional approaches. We welcome poster boards and performances, case-studies, collaborative presentations, student involvement, workshops, or interactive demonstrations. We would also be willing to help with arranging a presentation format to create variety. There will also be a reading table, so all participants are encouraged to bring items which others can borrow during the weekend and which might add to the discussions.

This year we will be experimenting with two new formats—a research works-in-progress session and two roundtables. If interest in participating in these sessions exceeds available space we will make selections based on coherence between participants’ topics.

Research Works-in-Progress Session

Participants will provide 2-3 page descriptions/summaries to be posted on web site in advance (must be received by April 10th). Each participant gives a very brief presentation followed by a general discussion/question period.

Round Table Sessions
10-minute individual presentations on the topic, followed by moderated discussion.

Round table 1: Literacy and Power
Round Table 2: Us and the ‘Others’: The Discipline of Rhetoric and Composition on and off campus

All proposals should include

  • name,
  • addresses, and
  • phone numbers of the presenter(s) and
  • a title,
  • brief abstract (approx. 200 words),
  • brief description of the mode of presentation, and
  • an indication of format: regular session, research works-in-progress or one of the round tables.

In order to help us plan time slots and coordinate sessions we would appreciate an indication of how you will use inkshedding.

Deadline for Proposals: January 30, 2005
Decisions will be made and presenters contacted by February 28th.

Send Proposals to:
Pat Saunders and Jane Milton
5163 Duke Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 3J6

Or by email to pat.saunders@smu.ca and jmilton@nscad.ns.ca

Other members of the conference team:

  • Jane Milton, NSCAD (jmilton@nscad.ns.ca )(902) 494-8151
  • Susan Drain, MSVU
  • Kenna Manos, NSCAD
  • Russ Hunt, St. Thomas University