The Canadian Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (CATTW) invites
proposals for its 2004 conference at The University of Manitoba: May 30-31, June 1
The deadline for proposals is 22 September, 2003.
The Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada has announced its
major theme for the 2004 Congress ‹Confluence: Ideas, Identities,
Place‹intended to reflect current and emerging national and international
developments in many areas of human endeavour.
The CATTW conference is part of the annual Congress. In keeping with the
Federation¹s theme, the CATTW conference organizing committee invites
scholars in technical, professional, and scientific writing, in applied
linguistics, in rhetoric, and in other language-related disciplines to
submit formal research proposals addressing any of the following questions:
A sense of place.
To what extent does a sense of national, regional, or cultural ³place²
underlie how we theorize about and teach technical communication?
What possibilities or limitations might ³a sense of place² create for
our scholarship and/or teaching?
If we informally define ³borderless discourse² as not delimited by
specific national, regional, or cultural markers, then to what extent should
technical or scientific discourse‹or the theories underlying their teaching
or practice‹be ³borderless²?
In what other ways might technical communication scholars or teachers
define or envision ³borderless discourse²?
Convergence and Conflict.
What are the implications for technical communication of converging,
globalized economies and technologies?
How might scholars and teachers mediate the often-contested discourses
around pro- and anti-globalization?
To what extent do the views of scholars, teachers, and practitioners about
globalization converge or diverge?
In the context of globalization, is it necessary to create, or to redefine already existing, guidelines or standards governing the ethical practice of technical communication?
What might these standards look like, and who should define them?
What are some of the implications or challenges of implementing such
CATTW also invites proposals on other topics relevant to the practice and
teaching of technical, professional, and scientific writing. All formal
research proposals should foreground the research methods and context on
which the paper is based and include relevant references to the literature.
As well, we welcome submissions for round-tables, workshops, and informal
sessions. While such submissions need not necessarily reflect formal
research, they should relate to current conversations in the field and
should encourage the exchange of ideas and experiences among participants.
Please note: all presenters must be current members of CATTW. Please go to
our website for membership information.
If CATTW¹s application to the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of
Canada for travel funding is accepted, some support for travel may be
available for participants who present formal research papers and request
such support. We should know the status of our travel application by the end
of January 2004.
Eligible proposals must be no longer than 250 words and be received
electronically by midnight of September 22, 2003.
Please make sure your submission contains complete contact information
(including an up-to-date email address); a title; and an abstract (up to 250
words) of your proposed paper or roundtable/workshop.
Email or fax your proposal to:
Prof. Amanda Goldrick-Jones
University of Winnipeg
Program Committee Chair, CATTW/ACPRTS 2004
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