Conference Co-chairs: Keri Carter and James Hamby
Conference Theme: Adapting
Over the past year, writing centers have faced new and difficult challenges. For one, the global pandemic has
In addition to these national and international circumstances, writing centers are also spaces where individual struggles happen every day. Both tutors and students must learn how to adapt to different situations that may occur in the writing center. Whether these situations be pedagogical, linguistic, cultural, or simply a matter of personal crisis, tutors and students learn how to navigate their realities in order to engage in collaborative learning. altered our usual writing center operations. We have had to move our centers online, change our physical setups to observe social distancing, or find some other way to cope with this new reality. Additionally, the protests for social justice that have erupted in the wake of a number of police shootings of Black men have caused institutions and individuals throughout all levels of our society to reexamine the effects of institutional racism. Writing centers occupy a special place in this national discussion as they are often intersections of language, culture, class, and power dynamics within higher education.
This conference will examine the ways writing centers, tutors, and students adapt to the challenges of education. Whether these challenges stem from large-scale phenomena, personal crises, or an intersection of the two, we hope to discuss ways in which writing centers adapt to meet the needs of students.
Topics to Explore:
We invite individual presentations, panels, and poster submissions on the following subjects:
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