CFP: Thomas R. Watson Conference

Thomas R. Watson Conference on
Rhetoric and Composition
Oct. 18-20, 2012 – Louisville, KY
Organized by the University of Louisville
English department and its
Ph.D. program in Rhetoric and Composition
The ninth biennial Thomas R. Watson Conference in Rhetoric and Composition solicits proposals that examine the relations between diverse notions of “economy” and “writing” for rhetoric and composition. Avenues for exploration might include:
  • Writing instruction as a site and medium for the production of racialized, sexualized bodies, desires, consciousness, emotions 
  • Institutional and disciplinary economies within higher education
  • Rhetorics of the economy of writing: notions of efficiency, profit, competence, clarity, precision, efficacy, etc.
  • Problematics of the transnational exchange of composition expertise
  • Notions of labor and management in composition research and pedagogy
  • Relations of economic, cultural, social, biological, and language ecologies
  • Relations between linguistic, physical, intellectual, and emotional labor
  • Relations of power and authority within specific modes of writing production
  • Shifts and continuities in notions of authorship, intellectual property, and the commodification of language, writing, and composition skills
  • Questions of translation in economies of writing
  • Dominant and alternative economies for the production and distribution of scholarship in rhetoric and composition
  • Writing and the (re)production of class, professional identities

For more information, visit our website:
See a list of Keynote, Featured Speakers, and Moderators, and the full CFP here.
Email Min-Zhan Lu, conference director:

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I teach Shakespeare and the blue humanities at St. John's in New York City.

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