Inkshed Working Conference 19:
Literacies, Technologies, Pedagogies

May 9-12, 2002
Prince Edward Island

What "Literacies, Technologies, Pedagogies" means

Those attending Inkshed 18 proposed that Inkshed 19 focus on “Literacy, Technology, Pedagogy."  They suggested thinking about the intersections among three abstractions, and attending to ways in which the three affect each other in our practices of teaching, scholarship, and research.  The Inkshed 19 Program Committee took the liberty of pluralizing all three nouns.  This change, we think, reflects the fact that there is no one thing we agree to call "literacy," no one thing we all agree is appropriately called "technology," and certainly no one thing we all agree is "pedagogy."

We invite, therefore, proposals which deal with a broad range of issues under this umbrella -- and, of course, if there is a particular bee in your bonnet that you'd like to share with other inkshedders, and can't see what it has to do with those terms, we'll be perfectly happy to fit your proposal in.  We want, in the tradition of Inkshed conferences past, to engage in reflective and committed dialogue, on anything that has to do with language and learning.  Perhaps especially, the committee was interested in issues like these:

More generally, what are the implications of our choices among pedagogies, technologies, or literacies for our understanding of language and learning?

What kinds of proposals are we looking for?

You probably know that the Inkshed working conference has consistently explored new ways of constructing "a conference."   Inkshed 19 will be no exception. We need to give you some sense of what we anticipate the conference will be like, so that you have some sense of the range of proposals that would fit -- not only in terms of ideas, but of the range of forms a presentation might take.

For instance, you might remember that silent reading was successfully incorporated into the Orillia conference five years ago.  Thus, for next spring, we're imagining a conference where whole-group activities (presentations, inkshedding, Talent Night, you name it) punctuate extended periods of what the organizers of Inkshed 14 called "well . . . Sustained Silent Reading." Conference participants will have a chance to read texts prepared by other conference participants, as well as texts written by people not in attendance. There will be substantial amounts of time to sit in comfortable chairs reading. As at Orillia, if you attend, we expect you to "bring your fuzzy slippers and your favourite coffee mug . . ."

We'd also like, as far as we can, to promote methods of sharing and discussing ideas other than the stand-and-deliver paper (which is, of course, perfectly appropriate for some things -- but we'd like to make sure that alternatives like posters, pre-read texts and discussions, enactments, and other strategies we haven't thought of are at least considered).

And, naturally, we expect that there'll be a good deal of inkshedding at this conference, both in whole-group sessions in response to presentations, and by people responding individually to texts that they've read during the conference. In fact, such individual reading and responding will form the basis of some of the whole-group presentations.

To get you started thinking about what you might propose, here are some possibilities for presentation technologies:

What about "Delivering a paper"?

At this conference accepted proposals, of whatever kind, will be listed in the program as presentations.  They will be shared and discussed -- and usually in more depth and detail than is possible in a conventional "read a paper in twenty minutes and answer a couple of questions at the end" conference format.

We invite, then, analytic papers, participatory demonstrations and explorations, poster sessions, case study reports, and other forms we haven't thought of. We're particularly interested in collaborative proposals.

Sending us a proposal

Let's talk. We want to hear ideas about what you'd like to propose -- even if they are nascent ideas, half-formed notions, whims.  We'll provide as much help as we can reasonably give you in developing not-so-traditional formats for presenting those ideas. It is important (to quote again from the Inkshed 14 call) that everyone be aware that "this is not a traditional agonistic competitive paper call. Your document will not be blind reviewed by a reader eager to find a way to turn away two-thirds of the proposals. The organizing committee sees its job as including as many proposals as we can fit in."

So, if you're interested in proposing something for Inkshed 19, we'd like to hear from you (and the sooner the better). By December 15, we need to have a paragraph or so from you about your possible topic, as well as some idea about the format you envision presenting it in.

You can send your proposal or your suggestion to the whole organizing committee at this email address:
You can send proposals and enquiries via email to any of the following:
Anne Hunt:
Russ Hunt: hunt@STTHOMASU.CA
Roberta Lee:
Shurli Makmillen
Or you can send a proposal by paper mail to:
Inkshed 19 Program Committee
Department of English
St. Thomas University
Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 5G3

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