CFP: Computers and Writing Conference 2013: Mechanization and Writing


Announcing Computers and Writing 2013: Mechanization and Writing

Where: Frostburg, Maryland

When: June 6-9, 2013

Website: Click here.

Keynote Speakers:

  • James Paul Gee
  • Katie King
  • Karl Stolley

Proposal Submission Opens:
September 15, 2012

Peer Review Period:
September 15 - November 29, 2012

Submission Deadline:
November 29, 2012

This year's theme asks participants to consider the way the various mechanizations in our life have changed writing and the teaching of writing. While we normally look at how to use computer technologies and even how they might affect us philosophically, we want to also look at how all the mechanizations of teaching and writing in our life have begun to change our lives. Some example topics might be:

  • Economic restraints to technology use
  • Repurposing technology
  • Historical looks at older technologies
  • Assessment and assessment's effects on writing
  • Standardization of composition and its effects on technology in the classroom
  • Art and media in writing classrooms
  • Literacy studies
  • Taylorization of writing classrooms
  • The use of semiotic domains in writing instruction
  • How gaming lends protocol and mechanization to rhetoric
  • Cyborgs 20 years later
  • The place of gender and race in technology studies
  • Steampunk
  • Digital publishing
  • And of course, as usual, any topic to do with the teaching of writing and technology that fits Computers and Writing's greater purpose.

Frostburg serves as a backdrop to this conference, allowing us to celebrate the beauty of technology (steam and otherwise), to reconsider aesthetics in design, and to evaluate anachronistic gear-head uses and users in our classrooms and communities. Frostburg is situated on one end of a historical rail line that operates between Cumberland and a depot just a short walk from campus,  giving participants an opportunity to experience an historical steam-driven train ride through the Western Maryland countryside as well. The downtown area is a short walk from campus and features turn of the century style, shopping, and dining. We hope to welcome you to our campus in 2013!


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