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International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference (IWAC 2014)

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 30, 2013 - 4:42pm

June 12-14, 2014
University of Minnesota, USA

Call for Proposals is Open

"Shifting Currents/Making Waves"

The International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference (IWAC 2014) theme references the lively Mississippi River (a few blocks from our on-campus conference hotel), WAC's history as a progressive pedagogical movement, and its current activity in an era of accelerated change. Among the shifts and waves we will discuss are those occurring in…
disciplinary and interdisciplinary discourse communities and conventions


one possible vision of hell

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 28, 2013 - 5:26pm

"Once, when contemplating the apparently endless growth of administrative responsibilities in academic departments, I came up with one possible vision of hell.


Welcome Back

Submitted by John W. Pell on September 26, 2013 - 11:41am

It is last week of September and I am assuming that all of us are back teaching, which means its time to take an annual inventory of the types of rhetorically focused being taught across our campuses. If you have a few moments, please respond to this post with courses titles and summaries, and if so inclined, please feel free to share course syllabi. This is a great way to see what our colleagues are up to and to get ideas for courses that might work at our institutions.

I look forward to reading about your courses.

To get the ball-rolling:


Feminisms and Rhetorics 2013

Submitted by John W. Pell on September 26, 2013 - 11:29am

Yesterday the 2013 Feminisms and Rhetorics began on the campus of Stanford University. This conference is one of the events I look forward to each, uh, every other year. And, as in years past, this conference is filled with incredible speakers, and thoughtful panels, which work together to create an inviting and stimulating intellectual environment. I will post next week on some of the sessions I attended and point to the work of scholars that are making an impact in the field of rhetoric and feminist studies.

If you are interested in the conference, I have included the link below.


Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 24, 2013 - 12:50pm

Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures invites essay submissions for a special issue addressing the many interpretations of consumption and their meanings in relation to youth texts and culture(s). We welcome essays that consider registers of race, class, gender, and disability. Essays should be between 6,000 and 9,000 words in length and prepared for blind peer-review.


Announcements from Kenneth Burke Society

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 24, 2013 - 7:40am

We write to announce the publication of issue 9.1 of KB Journal ( It's an exciting collection of multimedia elements and features, an essay, and several reviews. Many thanks to our contributors and to the many people who reviewed and are continuing to review work for the journal.


Update, Master’s Degree Consortium of Writing Studies Specialists

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 24, 2013 - 7:31am

Standing Group Status and 2014 Elections


Philosophy & Social Criticism Online Table of Contents Alert

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 24, 2013 - 7:23am

A new issue of Philosophy & Social Criticism is available online:
October 2013; Vol. 39, No. 8

The below Table of Contents is available online at:

Fiqh Al-Aqalliyyât and the Arab Spring: Modern Islamic theorizing
Zaid M. Eyadat
Philosophy Social Criticism 2013;39 733-753

Deliberation and interpretation
Georgia Warnke
Philosophy Social Criticism 2013;39 755-770

Privacy and social interaction


Why I wince when I shop with Amazon

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 20, 2013 - 8:21am

In recent weeks, current and former workers at Amazon warehouses in Kentucky, Tennessee and Washington State have filed four proposed class-action lawsuits against the company, seeking pay for the time they are searched when leaving the warehouses for breaks and at the end of shifts, the Huffington Post reported. Another proposed class-action suit in Nevada doesn't name Amazon as a defendant.


Community Literacy Journal

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 19, 2013 - 5:45am

Dear colleagues,

We're excited to announce that the newest issues of Community Literacy Journal, 7.1 and 7.2, are now available. You can access the articles via Project Muse, or we invite you to consider supporting this independent journal by subscribing. Below, we share the table of contents for these new issues, along with a sneak peak of upcoming issue 8.1, focused on Youth, Sexuality, Health, and Rights together with Sexual Literacies and New Paradigms of Public Scholarship as Action-Oriented Research, guest edited by Dr. Adela C. Licona and Dr. Stephen T. Russell.