How does a country invent a new discipline? || Inkshed and Canadian Writing Centres by Margaret Procter

Margaret Procter is a scholar of writing and rhetoric in Canada, and mentor to many writing centre scholars, tutors, and administrators. Inkshed (CASLL), the brain child of Russ Hunt (St Thomas University), is a key organization in the development of writing and rhetoric in Canada, which Theresa Hyland called, “the grandmother” of both the CASDW and CWCA. The Inkshed archives are an important and vital history and repository.

Inkshed and Canadian Writing Centres (From the WLN Blog, Connection Writing Centers Across Borders)

How does a country invent a new discipline? The answer for Canada would have to involve the organization commonly called Inkshed (otherwise the Canadian Association for the Study of Language and Learning). It brought university teachers together in person and online from 1982 to 2015 to discuss how students learn to use texts, write with their own voices, and interact to develop ideas. In the process, Inkshed gave Canadian writing-centre faculty a way to think about their particular kind of teaching and helped them become growth points in the emerging discipline of writing studies. As a new writing-centre director in the 1990s, I found a community in Inkshed conferences, listserv exchanges, and newsletters. I learned from Inkshed what writing instruction could be, and gained encouragement by seeing others navigate the issues I also faced. Continue reading…

 

Job posting || Assistant Professor, Department of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications at the University of Winnipeg

Assistant Professor, Department of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications at the University of Winnipeg

“Areas of specialization are open, but may include the following: digital media and new media studies, rhetoric and cultural/critical theory, and the history and theory of rhetoric.
Candidates should have, or be close to completing, a PhD in rhetoric, composition, communication, or any combination of these areas. Priority will be given to candidates who
can demonstrate a strong record of research and publication and a commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching.”

Contact:

Dr. Jaqueline McLeod Rogers, Chair
Department of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications
University of Winnipeg

Email: j.mcleod-rogers at uwinnipeg.ca

Inkshed Publications is currently seeking proposals for edited collections

Inkshed Publications is currently seeking proposals for edited collections (~250 pages), monographs (~100-125 pages), and studies (30-70 pages) on a wide variety of topics including:

  • writing studies research and pedagogy
  • writing centre research and practice
  • rhetoric (theories of and specific practices)
  • critical literacy studies of all kinds
  • studies of texts and how they are composed, read, and used
  • studies of literature and response to literature
  • studies of multilingual writers working in English
  • and other fields

To view the full call for proposals, visit the Inkshed blog.

If you have questions about the call or the suitability of a project, contact any member of the editorial team:

Publisher:

Roger Graves & Heather Graves, University of Alberta

Editorial board:

Kathryn Alexander, Independent scholar

Brian Hotson, Saint Mary’s University

Theresa Hyland, Huron University College

Anne Parker, University of Manitoba

Graham Smart, Carleton University

Andrea Williams, University of Toronto