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College Conference on Composition and Communication (CCCC) Workshop Proposals

Please circulate (and consider for yourselves and collaborators!):

We are inviting 1-paragraph proposals for up to twenty-four researcher-participant roles in a College Conference on Composition and Communication (CCCC) workshop focused on research about writing in higher education outside of the U.S. (see details below).

We understand that U.S. researchers often know very little about writing research in the multiple rich traditions beyond our borders (physical and figurative), and we also know that international researchers are interested in finding sites for serious cross-national conversation that includes multiple research traditions.

For the seventh year, we are planning to propose a workshop that (if accepted) will take place at the annual CCCC conference. The conference next year is in Indianapolis, Indiana, March 19-22, 2014:

The workshop is tentatively titled: Accessing the Future of Writing Studies: International Higher Education Writing Research

This workshop, along with the exchanges we have before meeting at the conference, is designed to make space available at the CCCC conference for extended time to read, process, think through, and discuss in detail each other’s work. We have learned, through six previous workshops and other international exchanges, that we all need this kind of time for real exchange, given that we come from different linguistic, institutional, political, geographic, theoretical and pedagogical places.

We want to engage researcher-participants from many countries and research traditions in an equal exchange dialogue, learning from each other: the primary focus is on the writing research itself.

The research can be focused on teaching or studying writing in any language. We are willing to help with translation of a text into English as needed, if we accept it for the workshop.

The brief proposal should describe a research project you would be interested in sharing with other facilitators and participants. It can be completed or in process. By research, we mean a project with a focused research question, an identified methodology (qualitative, quantitative, ethnographic, historical, discourse analysis, etc), and the collection of data in some form.

The project must be international, by which we mean (for the purposes of this U.S. call!) carried out by either scholars in countries other than the U.S. or scholars collaborating deeply across borders, including U.S. borders, in any language. Your role in the workshop would be to provide a draft text about the research by the end of December 2013, to read the other facilitators’ texts before attending the CCCC conference, and to participate in the day-long workshop by leading a discussion about your project and participating in discussions of a subset of others’ projects.

Click here for a copy of last year’s workshop, to give you an idea of what the overall proposal will look like. We've included the titles from last year’s workshop to give you an idea of the kinds of work we’ve exchanged in past sessions. You will be welcome to suggest changes to the overall proposal when you send us your individual part! We will send out a draft at that point. You may notice that the proposal is written with a U.S. readership in mind--this is because, as you know, the proposal review committee is comprised primarily of U.S. scholars. We seek to convince this audience that many CCCC attendees have much to learn from writing research in traditions other than the ones they find most familiar--that writing research needs multiple international perspectives. We also know how critical it is for all scholars to be directly engaged with projects and research models from multiple research traditions.

Please send your proposal by April 30th to: and  

This proposal can be quite informal (it serves to help us determine appropriate projects, and only the title will appear in the program), but must include:

• A title (you will have a chance to revise the title).
• Your name and preferred title, your institution, your full home mailing address, your phone number, and whether this would be your first time at the CCCC conference.

• A short description of your project:

- research question(s),
- methodology,
- key theoretical frame(s),
- tentative results or conclusions.

We strongly encourage you to submit a proposal to the CCCC as individual presenters, as well. The CCCC format does allow individuals to present at both a workshop and a concurrent session (it does not allow individuals to present at more than one concurrent session).

Thank you! Please write with any questions at all.

Cinthia Gannett and Tiane (Christiane) Donahue

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