2016 Watson Conference CFP: “Mobility Work in Composition: Translation, Migration, Transformation.”

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Call for Papers: “Mobility Work in Composition: Translation, Migration,

For the Eleventh Biennial Thomas Watson Conference on Rhetoric and
<http://conferences.library.louisville.edu/ocs/index.php/watson/WC16>, to
be held at the University of Louisville 20-22 October 2016, we invite
proposals for presentations exploring the relevance of diverse notions of
mobilities for the work of rhetoric and composition (as a discipline, form
of labor, and profession): how mobility is and might be worked—theorized,
activated, researched, experienced, imagined—in our teaching, scholarship,
and program administration, with what effects, for whom and on whom.

Participants might pursue such questions as:

   - How might we usefully distinguish among the kinds of mobility
   experienced and exercised by differently positioned actors in our field?
   - In what ways might mobility get taken up in practices and rhetorics of
   activism in engagements across divides of institution, discipline, program,
   location, and language?
   - How might theories of mobility in knowledge, meaning, and identity
   contribute to our approaches to translation, transfer, and genre and such
   matters as form, medium, text, and stance?
   - How might we better conceive of and engage the movement of knowledge
   across boundaries of disciplines, programs, institutions, and routes of
   production, circulation, reception, execution?
   - How might the problematics of knowledge mobilization contribute to or
   help us better grasp composition’s perduring history of poor working
   conditions and low disciplinary status?
   - How does mobility challenge dominant conceptions of and commitments to
   identities of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, race, class, language, ability,
   nationality, profession, and place?  In what ways might we conceive of
   and pursue, or resist and challenge, mobilizations of identity in and
   through our composing, teaching, administration, and research practices?
   - How do or might digital and other technologies shape and afford forms
   of mobility in composition, of what kind, for whom, and to what effect?

The deadline for submitting proposals is March 1, 2016, with responses to
be sent by May 1, 2016.  More information on the conference is available at
watsonconference.com.  Please direct questions to Bruce Horner at

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