CFP – Vision & Form: Teaching Writing Across Borders 4/24-25, 2020

Vision & Form: Teaching Writing Across Borders – April 24-25, 2020 – International Symposium

VISION & FORM: TEACHING WRITING ACROSS BORDERS seeks to bring together writing faculty, program administrators, and scholars from across the disciplines—and across the globe—to discuss how we might better align writing pedagogies with the ethical and political realities of writing in the 21st century. An international symposium hosted by the NYU Expository Writing Program, NYU Abu Dhabi, and the NYU Department of English, Vision & Form will take place April 24-25, 2020 at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering in Brooklyn, New York.

First-year writing occurs at a crucial point in the education of students, establishing a foundation for a lifetime of reading, writing, and critical thinking in academic settings and beyond. We invite participants to consider the following questions as they propose paper and panel presentations:

  • How can first-year writing courses foster student agency and engagement? What does it mean to teach writing “across borders” and what does border-crossing entail?
  • What types of philosophical and pedagogical questions arise when writing is taught in culturally, linguistically, and rhetorically diverse settings?
  • How can first-year writing help multilingual students, in particular, tap into their existing linguistic and cultural knowledge? What is the role of translingual pedagogy in writing instruction?
  • What kinds of writing pedagogy promote knowledge transfer? How can the Teaching for Transfer movement inform writing instruction across disciplines?
  • How can anti-racist writing pedagogy and assessment be implemented in curricula, classrooms, writing centers, and other sites of learning throughout the university?
  • How can contingent writing faculty make their work as teachers, scholars, and creative writers more visible within their institutions? How can we ensure that our vision for writing studies recognizes the ethical and political realities of teaching writing in the 21st century?

Although we encourage papers and panels that reflect the conference theme, we welcome proposals from all areas that English and Writing departments encompass: creative writing, cultural studies, developmental education, English as a second language, literary studies, multicultural literature, popular culture, progressive education, writing across the curriculum, and technical writing.

Proposals are due by October 15, 2019. For papers, please submit a 250-word description; to submit a panel or roundtable proposal, include a 350-word description and information for all participants (4 maximum). Please submit everything via this Google Doc.

Participants will be notified of acceptance by December 15, 2019. If you are interested in applying for a travel grant, or if you have any questions, please contact:

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

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