The UNC Charlotte Conference on Writing Studies

The 2016 UNC Charlotte University Writing Program’s Charlotte-Area Conference

The 21st-century is all about meaning, relations, creativity, subjectivity, historicity, and the trans– as in translingual and transcultural competence. We should conceive of what we do in ways that are more appropriate for a global, decentered, multilingual, and multicultural world, more suited to our uncertain and unpredictable times.

—Claire Kramsch in “Ecological Perspectives on Foreign Language Education”


As students and professionals continue to adapt their writing to a variety of new contexts, scenes, and situations, we need to deliberate about how to prepare writers for the complex literacies of our increasingly connected, global space. This conference aims to explore and discuss how we can prepare writers to function across/withoutborders, build on traditional frameworks or build additional frameworks for 21st century literacies. We hope to foster conversation about writing praxis across a variety of cultural, disciplinary, and institutional borders, transforming the way we “do” writing in our own contexts.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:  

  • Literacies across cultural borders
  • Transcultural/transnational/translingual rhetorics and writing education
  • Writing transfer across contexts and sites (K12 to college, community college to 4-year institution, FYC to writing in disciplines, academic to workplace settings and vice versa)
  • Reading and writing in virtual spaces and their impact on writing
  • Genres across borders/Genre meshing/Genre camouflaging 
  • Social media and its impact on academic writing  
  • Technology, coding and emerging digital literacies
  • Print ↔ Digital

We seek to transform our inherited paradigm of conference presentation: reading a paper.  We solicit proposals from students, teachers, administrators, and researchers in a variety of formats to foster discussion, conversation, connections, and new partnerships across various borders. Possible formats include master classes, interactive workshops and seminars, roundtables, fishbowl discussions, round robins, campfire sessions, and works-in-progress sessions.


Individual Submissions should be no more than 300 words or the equivalent Multi-Modal proposal, explaining both the purpose of your session and your overall plan for a 15-20-minute time frame.

Group Submissions should be no more than 800 words or the equivalent Multi-Modal proposal, explaining both the purpose of your session and your overall plan for a 75-minute time frame.

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