CWCA/ACCR conference

Emily Carr University of Art & Design

May 30-31, 2019

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Keynote: Deanna Reder, Simon Fraser University

Plenary: Steve Marshall, Simon Fraser University

For our 2019 conference, the Canadian Writing Centres Association/L’Association canadienne des centres de rédaction welcomes proposals on any writing-centre-related subject, but particularly invites proposals that explore how Writing Centres navigate, respond to, and negotiate the “multiverse” we all inhabit—in our spaces, our practices, and our research.

How, for example, do any of the following multis inform, enrich, and/or limit our work in the context of our own institutions? How do they intersect or overlap with practical, political, and/or personal concerns around training, pedagogy, administration, decolonization, or wellness,? How do we as writing centre practitioners respond to, negotiate, or resist, any or all of these?

Multiliteracy Drawing on the work of the New London Group (1996), multiliteracies “involve a recognition that there are many forms of literacy that vary across time and communities—that literacy is a social practice, rather than a set of reading and writing skills to be acquired” (Cervetti, Damico, & Pearson, 2006, p. 380).

Multilingualism Drawing on work in translingualism and second-language writing, multilingualism acknowledges the increasing salience of cultural and linguistic diversity in our institutions, but also the many linguistic repertoires that students draw on throughout and within their composition processes.

Multimodality Technological advancements create opportunities for new forms of expression that sometimes challenge our conventional understandings of academic writing. Writing centres need to keep pace with these technological innovations if we are to support students working in these new forms.

Multidisciplinarity Whether as generalists or specialists, writing centre tutors have always worked with writers (student and faculty) across a range of disciplines in a range of genres.

Multiversity A term coined in the mid-twentieth century to describe large and complex educational institutions, with often competing faculties, campuses, and interests. Writing centres always operate in the context of larger institutions, and both navigating competing demands, and helping students navigate them, is an important part of our work.

This year’s conference will take place at Emily Carr University of Art & Design, located in Vancouver, British Columbia, a location that embodies the “multi” of modern urban life. Almost half (45%) of Vancouver’s population reports a language other than English or French as their mother tongue, compared to a national average of 23% (Statistics Canada). The province of British Columbia is also home to “more than 198 distinct First Nations, each with their own unique traditions and history” (Welcome BC). Finally, Emily Carr as a specialized art, media, and design institution, situated on unceded Coast Salish territory, is also a site of multiple literacies, where students experiment and develop expertise in expression through many modes: visual, auditory, time-based, sensory, gestural, digital, among others.

Join us in Vancouver for knowledge-sharing and community, as we debate, interrogate, explore, and celebrate our Writing Centre multiverse!