Call for papers || Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing Conference, May/June 2015, Ottawa, ON

The Writing Commons: Research and Pedagogy in Writing and Discourse

The Seventh Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing (CASDW / ACR)

University of Ottawa – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Saturday, May 30 to Monday, June 1, 2015


We invite papers on all aspects of writing studies for the seventh annual conference of CASDW/ACR, the largest gathering of writing studies scholars in Canada. In particular, we invite papers on research into discourse and on writing theory and pedagogy connecting with our theme of The Writing Commons. This theme suggests multiple interpretations of “common” and the intersections of these meanings with writing.

Papers might address topics such as:

  • the nature of public discourse and public writing; past, present, or future of public discourses
  • writing commonplaces: beliefs and perceptions about writing and writing pedagogy; how these commonplaces are challenged or supported
  • the writing centre as a “writing commons”
  • writing to build public knowledge, disciplinary knowledge, or the professions
  • common versus individual voice(s) and identities in writing
  • writing and accessibility: who needs access and improving access
  • the role of writing in academic institutions: democratic impulses and policy making
  • writing and resources – what we have, what we share, what we need to protect

Papers that address the 2015 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences theme of Capital Ideas s are also welcome.

We invite papers that draw on work in genre studies, rhetorical theory, writing studies, writing centre theory and practice, and professional and technical writing research and practice. We welcome papers that connect with CASDW’s heritage as a place for sharing research on technical and professional writing as well as those that connect with its more inclusive mission to examine all forms of discourse and writing and to explore pedagogical practices and innovations.

The proposal deadline is January 12, 2015 (See Proposal Requirements below).


CASDW 2015 – Proposal Requirements

  1. Paper title and a short (75-word) description for the program overview
  1. Name, title, institutional affiliation, & email for ALL presenters
  1. Session format (check one)
  • INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION: a 15- to 20-minute individual paper presenting the results of new research or focusing on a  pedagogical issue or innovation.
  • PANEL PRESENTATION of 90-min. (3-5 speakers) comprising a collection of individual papers on a shared topic of interest related  to discourse or the teaching of writing.
  • WORKSHOP of 90-min.  or  180-min. focusing on a research method, pedagogical concern (e.g., assignment design or feedback), or professional skill (e.g., grant writing or interviewing).
  • POSTER PRESENTATION: one poster that describes new research, completed or in progress, focusing on writing or writing centre concerns. Poster to be presented at one common hour-long session. At least one presenter must be present during this time.
  1. Abstract for the proposed paper (400 words maximum, plus references)
  • For individual papers and panels, please
    (1) state the research question or describe the pedagogical issue or innovation;
    (2) establish its significance; (3) outline the theoretical framework and research method;
    (4) highlight key findings (and, optionally, implications); & (5) include a brief reference list.
  • Note: panel proposals may include a separate title, short description, and abstract for each paper OR include a single title, description, and abstract encompassing all the papers in the panel.
  • For workshops, please describe the objectives and proposed workshop activities.
  • For posters, please indicate whether the research is completed or in progress.
  1. AV requirements: Projector & screen     Laptop       Other:________________________


  1. Conference proceedings: If you will not be seeking publication in a scholarly journal (including the Canadian Journal for Studies in Discourse and Writing, published by CASDW), are you interested in submitting your paper for inclusion in conference proceedings to be published online on the CASDW website? (Manuscripts would be required by June 30, 2015.)    Yes     No   Unsure

Proposal deadline: January 12, 2015

Please email proposals and inquiries to the program chair, Boba Samuels, at

All proposals will be subject to blind review.

Proposers will be notified of their acceptance status by February 15, 2015.

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