Multiple Literacies: Ethics and Responsibilities

May 7-10, 1998

The Call for Proposals

As usual, this year's theme grew from discussions at last year's conference, where the focus on reading technologies soon prompted ethical questions. We are, therefore, calling for proposals which address issues of ethics and responsibility in the literacies shifting around us. These issues might include intellectual property, privileged groups or discourses, authorship and anonymity on the net, behaviour codes in electronic environments, cultural assumptions and pedagogical responsibilities. We are also interested in sites of potential ethical conflict such as writing resource centres, tutoring programmes, or classes with teaching assistants. We invite you to consider other topics linked to the main theme of ethics and responsibility.

The conference will avoid the "talking-head-reading-paper format" by continuing the venerable Inkshed tradition of active participant involvement and unconventional approaches. We welcome poster boards and performances, work-in-progress, case studies, collaborative presentations, workshops, or interactive demonstrations.

All proposals should include the name, addresses, and phone numbers of the chief proposer and any co-presenters, a title and abstract (approximately 200 words), and a brief description of the mode of presentation. You should also explain how your presentation will relate to the conference theme. Please note that you may find yourself being invited to collaborate with another proposer. Remember, too, as Russ and Marcy pointed out last year, "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."

Yes, we will continue with last year's wildly successful initiation of built-in reading time. In Orillia, the blocks of time to read provided diversity and a more relaxed pace, as well as the simple luxury of hours to read and mull over associated texts. Please start thinking now about what you'd like to bring (or send) for the reading table -- preferably three copies of short pieces. Entire books are fine, too, but it's more difficult for multiple readers to share discussion of these.

The 1998 Inkshed will be an anniversary conference, so please try to rustle up/hunt down those long-standing members who have not been able to attend recently. We promise lobster.

Deadline for proposals: November 30, 1997

Send proposals to:

Other members of the conference team:

Dr. Kenna Manos, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (, 902 494 8133
Jane Milton, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (, 902 494 8133

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