English Graduate Student Association Conference
March 31-April 1, 2012
Call for Papers
Special Topics Panel—Writing, Memory, and Teaching
As part of the sixth annual Northeastern University English Graduate Student Association conference, Memory Remains, we seek proposals for a special topics panel on Writing, Memory, and Teaching. The overall conference seeks to explore the integral role that memory and its remains play in our daily lives—both in public and private constructions of self and reality, as well as individual and communal narratives. Proposals for this Special Topic Panel might address the many ways that memory and its absence appear in the work of composition and rhetoric. Memory and recall have played a strong role in the methodologies of composition research, whether through archival research, interviews, ethnographies, or other retrospective accounts of teaching and learning in writing classrooms, writing centers, or other contexts. Memory has also been a long-standing feature of first-year writing classes with an emphasis on narrative description. Additionally, many influential accounts of t
eaching writing—for instance, Mike Rose’s Lives on the Boundary—powerfully connect one teacher’s memories of learning to write to larger issues of access, opportunity, and educational reform. Finally, several recent historical accounts of writing programs, methods of teaching writing, and influential composition scholars have attempted to revise (or “jog”) our disciplinary memory.
For this Special Topic Panel, we welcome submissions from graduate students focused on the role of memory, recall, and representation in writing research, writing classrooms, writing centers, and writing programs.
Please send 250 word abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than December 16, 2011. Please include your name and university affiliation.
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