Event || International Researcher’s Consortium Workshop

For the tenth year, the International Researcher’s Consortium will host a workshop at the annual College Conference on Composition and Communication (CCCC) conference located in the U.S. We are inviting brief proposals for up to twenty-four researcher-participant roles focused on research about writing in higher education outside of the U.S. (see details below about what this might include).

Languaging, Laboring, and Transforming: International Exchanges about Higher Education Writing Research at the College Conference on Composition and Communication, March 14-17, 2018, Kansas City, Missouri http://www.ncte.org/cccc/conv/call-2018
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. In this workshop, we seek to contextualize and transform these international research traditions and projects as scenes for laboring and languaging about and through writing.
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. This full day space permits us to get rich feedback on our own projects-in-process, as well as understand each other’s work through its unique institutional, cultural, and political contexts, encourages reflection on the nature and status of higher education writing research more broadly, and sponsors collaborating as a network of writing scholars across these contexts.
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.
Please submit a brief proposal that describes a research project (in process or recently completely) that you would be interested in sharing with other facilitators and participants. By research, we mean a project with a focused research question, an identified methodology (qualitative, quantitative, ethnographic, historical, discourse analysis, etc), and the collection of data in some form. This proposal should briefly explain how you currently see your research fitting into a network of writing researchers. In other words, what connections do you expect to see with other kinds of research, and what do you think researchers from other contexts might learn from your study. When appropriate, describe what kind of audience, scholarly journal, or professional audience might be interested in your research.
The project should be “international” for a largely U.S.-based audience, by which we mean, here, 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 2017, to read the other workshop 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 a couple of sections of last year’s (2017) workshop proposal is attached, to give you an idea of what the overall proposal might look like. We will send out a draft of the 2018 overall proposal after we’ve collected all the project proposals. 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 are convinced that we can learn a lot from each other and that the respective international scenes mutually enhance writing research. We therefore encourage participants in the workshop to also consider how they can collaborate on projects or contribute to each other’s project by combining methodologies and methods across borders and approaches. 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 April 25th to [https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3S28PTW]. Apologies for the tight turnaround time, but the requested information should not take you more than 30-45 minutes to complete. 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. 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&gt; 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 to any of the International Researchers Consortium steering committee:
Cinthia Gannett – cinthiagannett@gmail.com
Christiane Donahue – christiane.donahue@dartmouth.edu
Magnus Gustafsson – magusta@chalmers.se
Ann-Marie Eriksson – ann-marie.eriksson@gu.se
Monserrat Castello – montserratcb@blanquerna.url.edu
Violeta Molina – vmolina@javerianacali.edu.co
Lance Cummings – cummingsl@uncw.edu

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