CASDW-ACR Virtual Conference 2022 / Conférence virtuelle 2022 de CASDW-ACR — Call for Proposals / Appel de communications 

The shape of writing and discourse studies to come / L’avenir de la rédactologie

Virtual Conference / Conférence virtuelle

May 30 to June 02, 2022 / 30 mai au 2 juin 2022

 Submission deadline: March 3, 2022 / Échéance pour soumettre une proposition : le 3 mars 2022

The Canadian Association for Studies in Discourse and Writing (CASDW-ACR) enthusiastically invites proposals for presentations, roundtables, or workshops on a broad number of topics related to writing studies and discourse studies, or other fields that are relevant to the study of discourse and writing.

Such fields include: second language writing, doctoral writing, scholarly communication, writing and the scholarship of teaching and learning, rhetorical genre studies, rhetorical theory, rhetorical analysis, discourse analysis, writing centre theory and practice, communication, applied linguistics, literacies studies, writing assessment, and/or the study and pedagogy of professional and technical writing.

In addition to the above general call for proposals, CASDW-ACR invites proposals that relate to this year’s theme: The shape of writing and discourse studies to come. The theme this year asks members to reflect on the course of writing and discourse studies in Canada:

  • where are we headed, as a field?
  • Who are we becoming?
  • What work is ahead of us, and what topics (new or resurfacing) invite or demand our attention?
  • What forms–literal and figurative, digital and material–do we work in, with, and through, and how might these forms shift to accommodate new practices?

See the call for proposals for more information.

L’association canadienne de rédactologie (CASDW-ACR) invite avec enthousiasme des propositions de présentations, tables rondes ou ateliers sur un vaste éventail de sujets reliés à la rédactologie ou à des domaines connexes, tels que la rédaction en langue seconde, l’écriture au niveau doctoral, la communication savante, l’écriture et la recherche sur l’enseignement et l’apprentissage, les études de genre rhétoriques, la théorie et l’analyse rhétoriques, l’analyse de discours, la théorie et la pratique dans les centres d’écriture, la communication, la linguistique appliquée, les études en littératie, l’évaluation de l’écriture, et/ou l’étude et la pédagogie de l’écriture professionnelle et technique.

En plus de cet appel de communications général, CASDW-ACR invite des communications reliées au thème de cette année, L’avenir de la rédactologie. Ce thème appelle les membres à réfléchir sur le cheminement de la rédactologie au Canada.

  • Où allons-nous en tant que discipline?
  • Que devenons-nous?
  • Quelles tâches allons-nous devoir accomplir, et quels sujets (qu’ils soient nouveaux ou non) solliciteront ou exigeront notre attention?
  • Quelles sont les formes (numériques ou analogiques, au sens littéral ou figuré) dans, avec et par lesquelles nous travaillons actuellement, et comment ces formes pourront-elles évoluer pour accueillir de nouvelles pratiques?

Voir l’appell de communications pour plus d’informations.

Call for Nominations: The Doreen Starke-Meyerring Award for the Best Article/Chapter (2020 & 2021)

The Doreen Starke-Meyerring Annual Award for the Best Article or Chapter in Writing and Discourse Studies recognizes the best journal article or book chapter published during the calendar year by a CASDW member. Co-authored articles or chapters will be eligible as long as one of the authors is a CASDW member.

Due to the unprecedented circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the committee is seeking nominations for the best journal article or book chapter published in 2020 and 2021. Both of these years will be recognized and assessed separately.

The deadline for nominations is January 7, 2022.

The winners of both the 2020 and 2021 awards will be announced at the CASDW Annual Conference.  Authors are invited to nominate their own publications as well as those of other CASDW members. In order to be eligible, nominees must have been CASDW members in both 2020 and 2021 (for the 2020 award), or in both 2021 and 2022 (for the 2021 award).

The assessment criteria for the award are as follows:

  1. the overall quality of the writing and thinking;
  2. the significance of the question(s) addressed in the research;
  3. the importance of the new knowledge presented in the article; and
  4. and methodological rigour and/or innovation.

The award includes a prize of $100 and a one-year CASDW membership for the following year.

Applicants/nominees should send a PDF of the journal article or book chapter, as well as a complete reference, to the selection committee listed below:

James Corcoran: corcora2@yorku.ca

Sara Doody: sara.doody@uwaterloo.ca

Boba Samuels: boba.samuels@utoronto.ca

Job Postings: University of Toronto Mississauga

The University of Toronto Mississauga is seeking four new faculty in Writing Studies in Higher Education. They invite applications for the following faculty positions: 

All information can be found through the links above.

Call for papers: Special section from CWCA 2021 session

Submission deadline extended to October 15/2021!

Discourse and Writing/Rédactologie (DW/R) will publish a special section of papers from the CWCA/ACCR 2021 conference. Guest editors welcome article submissions from all sessions from the conference. Work that was not presented at the 2021 Conference, but which is closely related to the conference theme, will also be considered for publication. The CWCA/ACCR 2021 conference’s theme, “Transformative Inclusivity: Social Justice and Writing Centres,” invites us, as writing centre professionals, to discuss our commitment to ensuring accessibility, inclusivity, democracy, and anti-racism in our spaces, our practices, and our research.

Submissions considered for publication in the special section may focus on the following:

  • How does exclusion and injustice affect students, tutors, administrators, and others who occupy our physical, virtual, and scholarly spaces?
  • How can we proactively address the impacts of racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, xenophobia, and transphobia to most effectively counter systemic injustices?
  • How can writing centres play a role in building fully accessible learning opportunities that will benefit all students, but especially students who face social barriers?
  • How can we transform access to our spaces into access to power to transform our spaces (and the world beyond)?

Articles can be around 3000 – 3500 words, and should include an abstract (< 200 words). The may follow traditional norms of academic discourse, but we also encourage non-traditional submissions that are auto-ethnographical, reflexive, or narrative, along with interviews and snapshots of ongoing research and inquiries. As many of us are working under pressure because of the COVID-19 pandemic, shorter articles (1000 – 2000 words) and vignettes will be gladly accepted. We welcome statements of positionality.

Submission guidelines

Articles will follow the conventions of the DW/R in terms of the inclusion of an abstract and keywords, the use of APA (7th edition), and use of double-spacing. Please see the DW/R website for more information for prospective authors: https://journals.sfu.ca/dwr/index.php/dwr/about/submissions (scroll down for manuscript submission guidelines, but please do not submit through the DW/R website).

All articles must be formatted in Word and submitted by email to snatara@uwo.ca (Vidya Natarajan’s email address—again, please do not submit to the DW/R website) by October 15, 2021. Articles will be screened by the special section guest editors and then submitted to a double-anonymous review process. Please remove names and other personal identity-revealing features from the article’s text when you submit.

For more information, prospective authors may contact guest editors Vidya Natarajan (snatara@uwo.ca), Mandy Penny (ageorg8@huron.uwo.ca), and Lisa Kovac (lkovac@uwo.ca).