Writing in the Knowledge Society
Canadian Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (CATTW)
University , Toronto, Ontario, HNE 034
Call for Papers
Canadian Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (CATTW) invites
proposals for its 2006 conference
As a member of the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences, CATTW will organize its conference as a part of the Federation’s Congress, which will be held under the theme “The City: A Festival of Knowledge” to celebrate the knowledge, learning and creativity of the diverse communities that constitute the city.
At the heart of the knowledge festival are discursive practices. Regardless of the profession, discipline, organization, or other discursive context, it is largely through rhetoric, writing, and communication that knowledge is created, codified, shared, revised, contested, or enacted. We use writing in order to generate ideas, to structure and shape our thoughts, to argue for or contest knowledge claims, to collaboratively create and share knowledge, even to accomplish the work of entire organizations. As Deborah Brandt (2005) states, “writing is at the heart of the knowledge economy” (p. 166). It accounts for much of the value created in a knowledge economy and consequently, in Brandt’s words, has become “hot property” (p. 167).
And yet, despite its central role in knowledge making in any academic, professional, or public community, the study and teaching of writing are often marginalized or absent from university curricula altogether. For teachers and researchers of writing in academic, technical, and other professional communities, therefore, this central—though neglected—role of writing in the knowledge society lends new urgency to these questions: What is the link between writing and knowledge? How do we as researchers and teachers of writing articulate what we do? How, in Cathy Schryer’s (2005) words, do we articulate our logic(s) of practice across disciplinary, professional, and other boundaries? What are the challenges involved and how do we address them?
To address these questions, we invite proposals addressing any of the following themes:
Researching and theorizing the link between writing and knowledge
Articulating our logic(s) of practice in academic contexts
Articulating our logic(s) of practice beyond academic contexts
We also invite formal proposals on other topics relevant to the teaching, study, and practice of technical, academic, and other types of professional writing. In addition, we welcome proposals for round-tables, workshops, and informal sessions.
Part One: On
a separate page, please provide your complete contact information (with
current email address) and the title of your proposed paper.
Please use the subject line “Proposal for 2006 CATTW/ ACPRTS submission.”