Call for Proposals
Building upon the 2021 NCPTW’s emphasis on subversion and subterfuge, the 2022 conference arrives as writing centers continue to re-examine core beliefs and work to sustain or challenge recent changes. While much of this change–like the rapid shift to online services–was accelerated or forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, writing centers were already navigating calls for change from within the field. Take, for example, McKinney’s (2013) reconsideration of writing center grand narratives, Rafoth’s (2015) reexamination of our work with multilingual writers, Salem’s (2016) study prompting us to “rethink writing center pedagogy,” Mattison’s (2017) call to release our grasp on North’s “Idea” as required reading. Considering these calls together with the special issues and focused content from WLN, Writing Center Journal, The Peer Review, Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, and The Dangling Modifier during and following the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 NCPTW conference in Omaha is a unique opportunity for writing center tutors and administrators to gather and collaborate. The 2022 NCPTW pulls on the threads from the 2021 NCPTW as it invites participants to explore the “Writing Center Mavericks” theme, including the ways in which mavericks are considered unorthodox thinkers, likely to challenge the status quo, yet also recognizing that maverick ways of operating may run counter to institutional systems. The conference also invites sessions that interrogate the history of the term “maverick” and the implications of applying such a term to writing center work, especially given associations of maverick with cattle barons and the displacement of Native Americans, including in Nebraska. Conference runs Oct 27-30.
For the 2022 conference, we seek proposals that think through the ways in which writing centers and peer tutors function as mavericks. Possible inquiries may include:
- How do individual tutors operate as mavericks in the day-to-day work of writing centers?
- What practices or processes make individual writing centers mavericks amidst the larger writing center community?
- How do writing centers operate as mavericks amidst larger institutional structures, pressures, and expectations?
- How have recent changes to local institutional policies/practices influenced peer tutor or writing center practices in positive/negative ways?
- How have recent changes to writing center or peer tutoring practices challenged or reinforced traditional writing center theory, research, or pedagogy?
- How do histories of writing centers–local or writ large–reflect maverick ways of operating?
- How might efforts to see writing centers as mavericks in fact perpetuate myths about our research, theory, and practice?
- What does a return to “normal” writing center work look like? How might the “normal” sought by writing centers or peer tutors coexist or conflict with the needs of students or institutions?
- How might peer tutors and/or writing centers use pop culture representations of mavericks as meaningful lenses through which to analyze writing center pedagogy, policy, or practice to internal or external audiences?
- Of course, proposals exploring other lines of inquiry are welcome. Go maverick, after all.
- Individual Presentations (synchronous/asynchronous)–a 15-20 minute presentation on a question, topic, or issue relevant to the conference theme. Individual presentations will be combined into a conference panel by conference organizers.
- Panel Presentations (synchronous/asynchronous)–Panel of closely-related talks (3-4) on a question, topic, or issue relevant to the conference theme. Panelists have 75 minutes total for their presentation.
- Roundables–75 minute group discussions. Presenters offer introductory remarks and facilitate discussion on a question, topic, or issue relevant to the conference theme.
- Poster Presentations (synchronous/asynchronous)–organized as a research fair, presenters offer a visual representation of their research and then discuss informally with attendees
- Workshops–75 minute interactive session in which organizers facilitate engagement among participants to explore an issue, question, or theme or to produce some tangible product (writing, research, art, etc.)
- Wildcard– concurrent sessions of 75 minutes that engage deeply with writing center theory or practice or research but not via traditional conference session formats (emphasis on performance, interactivity, brainstorming, etc.)
Individual and Poster Presentations: 250 word proposal and brief abstract
Panels, Roundtables, Workshops, Wildcards: 500-700 words outlining the content, goals, and takeaways of the session. Workshop and Wildcard proposals should describe any interactive elements.
**EXTENDED** Proposals Due May 13, 2022
Submit proposals via https://ncptw.info/