Join writing center practitioners from across the southeastern US and beyond for the 2024 SWCA conference, hosted by Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Download the CFP to share or read it below. Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory. Hosted by Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Dates: February 22-25, 2024
Deadline for proposals: November 1, 2023 [submission form coming soon]
The 2024 SWCA conference hosted by Emory University will focus on the theme of "Writing Center Movements," calling on participants to investigate how our centers and writers are moving, to where, and with whom.
Atlanta has long been recognized for the roles it has played in social and racial justice progress. While it is well known for its role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, it continues to be a national (even global) center of activism. Anti-racist, diversity, and justice work have been part of writing center conversations for decades, and writing centers must respond to—and often participate in—such social and political movements with renewed urgency (e.g. Garcia 2017; Greenfield 2019; Williams 2022). For many in our southeast region, this urgency is heightened by current events that impact our work as educators and writers.
Inherent in the concept of movements is the idea that working toward justice is never completed, is always in motion—that we should not, as Mitchell and Randolph charged in their 2018 IWCA address, do what we've done before but rather, as Talisha Haltiwanger Morrison and Deirdre Garriott urge in their forthcoming edited collection, ask ourselves what we are doing and how we are growing. With this in mind, we envision SWCA 2024 as an occasion not only for gathering, but also for collaborating and sharing what moves us.
As individual writing centers as well as the field more broadly grapple with our place within movements, the work of our centers remains simultaneously invested in other kinds of movement: helping writers gain the rhetorical skills to move their readers to action; promoting rhetorical understanding that helps writers to move between discourses and communities; critically evaluating who moves (or doesn’t move) through our centers and how.
We therefore invite participants to explore the theme of movement from a variety of angles as it relates to the following questions and areas (and beyond):
Writing Center Practitioners:
Writing Center Scholarship and Praxis:
We invite participants to propose creative, active sessions that make use of the collaborative possibilities of our conference gathering. Beyond typical conference papers, panels, roundtables, workshops, and poster sessions, we encourage imaginings beyond traditional forms, and welcome you to interpret the theme in new ways beyond what we’ve suggested. We invite proposals for new possibilities—even sessions or meetings that may move us into the larger Atlanta community, beyond Emory’s campus.
Check out the Call for Proposals