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:
Call for proposals opens: August 1, 2017
Submission deadline: October 1, 2017
Hotel registration deadline: February 14, 2018
Please visit www.midwestwritingcenters.org later this summer for information on submitting proposals, conference registration, and hotel accommodations.