MWCA Conference 2018 – Social Justice in the Writing Center: Opening the Center for All

Midwest Writing Centers Association 2018 Conference

Social Justice in the Writing Center:

Opening the Center for All

Call for Proposals

February 28-March 3, 2018

Hotel RL Omaha, Omaha, NE

Keynote Speaker: Shirin Vossoughi

Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences
Northwestern University

What does social justice look like in our writing centers? In an era when hate crimes are on the rise, students fear deportation for themselves and/or their families, and public dialogue has become increasingly polarized, how do we create spaces in our writing centers that welcome difference and that can respond to the social, cultural, and economic pressures acting on our colleges and universities? In a world of so-called “alternative facts,” what is our role as “centers of consciousness for writing” at our institutions (North 1984)?

For this conference, we invite proposals that explore any aspect of writing center work. We encourage submissions that engage directly with the theme of social justice in the writing center, including, but not limited to, the roles of race, gender, sexuality, class, disability, nationality, religion, and their intersections in a writing center context. We also welcome proposals that interpret this theme more broadly, considering how writing centers work to level the playing field and increase access for students on our campuses, as well as how we might build upon and extend this work.

Much like the IWCA conference, we invite proposals in any of the following formats:

  • Panel Presentation: 3 to 4 presentations of 15-­20 minutes each on a specific theme or question.
  • Individual Presentation: 15-­20 minute presentation (that will be combined into a panel).
  • Workshop: A participatory session that engages attendees in active learning.
  • Roundtable Discussion:15 minutes of introductory framing by the leader(s) followed by a facilitated discussion among attendees.
  • Ignite Presentation: A 5-minute presentation composed of 20 images each lasting 15 seconds (modified PechaKucha).
  • Poster Presentation: A research-­fair style presentation in which the presenter(s) create a visual argument and informally discuss their research with attendees.

Call for proposals opens: August 1, 2017

Submission deadline: October 27, 2017

Hotel registration deadline: February 14, 2018

Please visit the Conference website for information on submitting proposals, conference registration, and hotel accommodations.