We are inviting brief proposals for up to twenty-four researcher-participant roles in a U.S. College Conference on Composition and Communication (CCCC) workshop focused on research about writing in higher education around the globe (see details below).
We know that researchers around the world are interested in finding sites, physical and figurative, for serious cross-national conversation that includes multiple research traditions.
For the tenth year, we are hosting a workshop that will take place at the annual CCCC. The conference next year is in Portland, Oregon, USA, March 15 to 18, 2017: http://www.ncte.org/cccc/conv/call-2017
The workshop is tentatively titled: Cultivating Research Capacity through International Exchanges about Higher Education Writing Research
This workshop, along with the exchanges we have before meeting at the conference, is designed to make space available at the CCCC conference for extended time to read, process, think through, and discuss in detail each other’s work. We have learned, through nine previous workshops and other international exchanges, that we all need this kind of time for real exchange, given that we come from different linguistic, institutional, political, geographic, theoretical and pedagogical places.
We want to engage researcher-participants from many countries and research traditions in an equal exchange dialogue, learning from each other: the primary focus is on the writing research itself.
The research can be focused on teaching or studying writing in any language. We are willing to help with translation of a text into English as needed, if the paper is accepted for the workshop; you may submit a proposal in any language as well, though we might ask you for a little help as we read it.
The brief proposal should describe a research project you would be interested in sharing with other facilitators and participants. It can be completed or in process. By research, we mean a project with a focused research question, an identified methodology (qualitative or quantitative; ethnographic, historical, discourse analysis, corpus analysis, etc), and the collection of data in some form.
The project should be “international” for a U.S. audience, by which we mean (*only* for the purposes of this U.S. call!!) carried out by either scholars in countries other than the U.S., or scholars collaborating deeply across borders, including U.S. borders, in any language. Your role in the workshop would be to provide a draft text about the research by the end of December 2016, to read the other facilitators’ texts before attending the CCCC conference, and to participate in the day-long workshop by leading a discussion about your project and participating in discussions of a subset of others’ projects.
A copy of last year’s (2016) workshop proposal is attached, to give you an idea of what the overall proposal will look like. We’ve included the titles from last year’s workshop to give you an idea of the kinds of work we’ve exchanged in past sessions. We will send out a draft of the 2017 overall proposal when you send in your project description. You will be welcome to suggest changes to the overall proposal at that point. You may notice that the proposal is written with a U.S. readership in mind–this is because the proposal review committee is comprised primarily of U.S. scholars. We seek to convince this audience that many CCCC attendees have much to learn from writing research in traditions other than the ones they find most familiar–that writing research needs multiple perspectives from multiple contexts and traditions. We also know how critical it is for all scholars to be directly engaged with projects and research models from multiple research traditions.
Please submit your proposal by May 2nd to [https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CCCC2017 ]. Apologies for the short deadline!
A copy of the questions you’ll need to answer in the submission form is attached, for your use as you prepare your proposal. This proposal can be quite informal (it serves to help us determine appropriate projects, and only the title will appear in the program), so please feel free to send something along even if you feel it’s not quite fully worked out. Do keep a copy for yourself, as the survey collector will not send a copy back to you.
We strongly encourage you to submit a proposal to the CCCC as individual presenters, as well: <http://www.ncte.org/cccc/conv> The CCCC format does allow individuals to present at both a workshop and a concurrent session (it does not allow individuals to present at more than one concurrent session).
Thank you! Please write with any questions at all.
Cinthia Gannett and Tiane (Christiane) Donahue