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CASLL-L February 2010

Subject:

Re: Inkshed 2010

From:

Theresa Hyland <[log in to unmask]>

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CASLL/Inkshed <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Tue, 23 Feb 2010 08:22:51 -0500

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Thanks, Roger.  I guess I'd better start booking things too.  Theresa.

Roger Graves wrote:
> Tuesday, June 1, the day after the CASDW conference, which starts on 
> the Saturday (29th) and runs on the Sunday and Monday.
>
> Roger
>
> Roger Graves
> Director, Writing Across the Curriculum
> [log in to unmask]
> http://www.ualberta.ca/~graves1/index.html
>
> On Feb 22, 2010, at 1:32 PM, Theresa Hyland wrote:
>
>> Roger, this would be fine for me.  Are we talking about June 1st or 
>> May 31st?  Theresa.
>>
>> Roger Graves wrote:
>>> While registering for the CASDW conference the other day I started 
>>> to think about booking airfare, and that made me consider dates for 
>>> my return flight. We had talked on this list about an Inkshed 
>>> conference this year (see Brock MacDonald's message below) and 
>>> perhaps drawing upon shurli macmillan's ideas (1-4) for the program:
>>>
>>> 1.  a space to share drafts with other writers working to get an
>>> article publication-ready
>>> 2. an opportunity to meet with others working with a particular
>>> theoretical framework or concept or method intrinsic to their research
>>> 3. an opportunity to bring a pedagogical practice for a test-run and
>>> discussion
>>> 4.  inkshedding and discussion in response to CASDW papers or panels...
>>>
>>> I checked into renting a meeting room at a hotel, and the costs 
>>> worked out to $640 ($500 plus taxes) for the room plus whatever food 
>>> and drink we wanted to order (approximately $40/person for a buffet 
>>> lunch). With 20 people attending the room cost would be roughly $30 
>>> each; the room plus lunch would be about $75 per person based on 20 
>>> people registering. The room holds 36 people and can be set up with 
>>> round tables.
>>>
>>> Is there any interest in doing this? We need a decision before 
>>> people start booking tickets, I think.
>>>
>>> Roger
>>>
>>>
>>> Roger Graves
>>> Director, Writing Across the Curriculum
>>> [log in to unmask]
>>> http://www.ualberta.ca/~graves1/index.html
>>>
>>> Begin forwarded message:
>>>
>>>> From: Brock MacDonald <[log in to unmask]>
>>>> Date: June 2, 2009 9:09:58 AM MDT (CA)
>>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>>> Subject: Re: Inkshed 2010
>>>> Reply-To: CASLL/Inkshed <[log in to unmask]>
>>>>
>>>> Graham's forthright rejection of nostalgia for the "old Inkshed 
>>>> days" is actually very much in the spirit of the meeting we had in 
>>>> Ottawa-not that a certain amount of nostalgia wasn't expressed 
>>>> there, but it quickly yielded to more pragmatic considerations.  
>>>> Taking up Roger's call (or challenge?) to elaborate on his summary, 
>>>> here's my sense of the main points of our deliberations, which I 
>>>> hope will be helpful:
>>>>
>>>> We talked quite a bit about the fact that the Canadian conferencing 
>>>> landscape has changed since the old Inkshed days.  CATTW has 
>>>> morphed into CASDW and now seems to meet the conferencing needs of 
>>>> a wider membership, with a wider range of research and teaching 
>>>> interests, than it used to; the formation of the Canadian Writing 
>>>> Centres Association (CWCA) has given that constituency a separate 
>>>> conference of its own.  The current strength of these other 
>>>> conferences means that Inkshed needs to redefine its niche-it needs 
>>>> to offer something compelling and distinctive, if it is to continue.
>>>>
>>>> We all agreed that Inkshed's greatest strength was always its 
>>>> character as a kind of anti-conference, different from the standard 
>>>> ninety-minute-panel, twenty-minutes-per-talk, 
>>>> ten-minutes-of-questions model.  However, we noted that Inkshed has 
>>>> actually drifted towards that standard talking-heads model in 
>>>> recent years, simply to accommodate the number of participants who 
>>>> wanted to present.  This trend has meant less and less time for 
>>>> both inkshedding and discussion, both of which, we all agreed, were 
>>>> important elements of the conference.
>>>>
>>>> A side issue, but nevertheless a very important consideration: we 
>>>> agreed that Inkshed as a kind of retreat experience (three days 
>>>> isolated in a resort somewhere, all participants present the whole 
>>>> time) is no longer tenable.  The cost factor puts participation out 
>>>> of reach for grad students and the underemployed, and it makes 
>>>> attending increasingly difficult even for well-established members.
>>>>
>>>> So, we asked ourselves, with all these things in mind, is there a 
>>>> need and a purpose for Inkshed now, and if so in what form?  Do we 
>>>> in fact want something different, an anti-conference (for lack of a 
>>>> better term) that offers a kind of experience that CASDW and CWCA 
>>>> don't?  Obviously, all of us who were at the Ottawa meeting agreed 
>>>> that we do, but this is the first question that everyone else in 
>>>> CASLL now needs to ponder, it seems to me, before we start thinking 
>>>> about the planning questions Roger has raised.
>>>>
>>>> In Ottawa we did go so far as to speculate that this reconfigured 
>>>> or reborn Inkshed might not have conventional papers at all, that 
>>>> it could be some kind of "working conference" (as indeed Inkshed 
>>>> was in some of its early years), its details, focus, process, etc 
>>>> to be determined later.  We also came up with the schedule Roger 
>>>> has outlined, Inkshed following CASDW but away from the Congress 
>>>> site, so that it would be clearly distinct from the latter (I don't 
>>>> recall that we agreed that Talent Night would be on the first 
>>>> evening, though, Roger-I don't think it will work except at the 
>>>> end, considering how much of the fun is usually based on the 
>>>> conference itself).  However, as I said, the detailed planning 
>>>> should really come a bit later; to Inkshed, or not to Inkshed-at 
>>>> all!--that's the first question.
>>>>
>>>> Brock
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On 01/06/09 3:00 PM, "Graham Smart" <[log in to unmask]> 
>>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Well, OK, hoping to get a conversation started, here goes:  For me 
>>>> the decision about whether to stay in Montreal an extra day to 
>>>> attend Inkshed would depend entirely on what was planned for the 
>>>> Tuesday.  The question for me would be, will what's planned for the 
>>>> day contribute to my research and/or teaching in some way?  To be 
>>>> brutally honest, feelings of nostalgia for the 'old Inkshed days' 
>>>> wouldn't enter the picture in any real way.
>>>>
>>>> Having just come back from Hong Kong, mainland China, and Vietnam, 
>>>> where people seem to have a much greater and wonderfully gracious 
>>>> sense of community, beyond the self, I realize how individualistic 
>>>> and self-centred this sounds, but if I'm honest, this is what I 
>>>> would be thinking about in making a decision.
>>>>
>>>> Graham
>>>>
>>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>>> From: Roger Graves <[log in to unmask]>
>>>> Date: Monday, June 1, 2009 12:27 pm
>>>> Subject: Re: Inkshed 2010
>>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>>>
>>>>> I am writing to share the results of a meeting of people
>>>>> interested in
>>>>> attending an Inkshed conference next year who also happened to
>>>>> be
>>>>> attending the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse
>>>>> and
>>>>> Writing meeting in Ottawa May 24-26.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> About 18 people talked about the possibility of organizing an
>>>>> Inkshed
>>>>> conference next year. The group decided that there was interest
>>>>> in
>>>>> holding a conference. This group, composed of people attending
>>>>> the
>>>>> CASDW, felt that holding Inkshed immediately after the
>>>>> CASDW
>>>>> conference was a workable plan. A proposal was floated to devote
>>>>> the
>>>>> evening after the third day of CASDW (Monday May 31 2010) and
>>>>> all day
>>>>> the next day (Tuesday June 1 2010). The Monday meeting would be
>>>>> held
>>>>> in the McGill Graduate Student centre and consist of the AGM
>>>>> and
>>>>> "talent" night, and the Tuesday would the program of the
>>>>> conference.
>>>>> The Tuesday meeting would be held in a meeting room at one of
>>>>> the
>>>>> Congress hotels, and would include lunch. Inkshedders would
>>>>> be
>>>>> responsible for their own accommodations, breakfast, and dinner.
>>>>> Costs
>>>>> for the conference would likely be limited to the lunch and the
>>>>> costs
>>>>> of renting the meeting room.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> The format and nature of the program is yet to be determined; I
>>>>> am
>>>>> seeking descriptions proposing what that program might look like
>>>>> to
>>>>> include in the next issue of the Newsletter.  Please send
>>>>> these to
>>>>> Heather Graves ([log in to unmask]) or
>>>>> [log in to unmask]
>>>>> before July 31.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>               -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
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>>>
>>> For the list archives and information about the organization,
>>>   its newsletter, and the annual conference, go to
>>>             http://www.stu.ca/inkshed/
>>>                -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
>>
>>               -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
>> To leave the list, send a SIGNOFF CASLL command to
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>>        write to Russ Hunt at [log in to unmask]
>>
>> For the list archives and information about the organization,
>>   its newsletter, and the annual conference, go to
>>             http://www.stu.ca/inkshed/
>>                -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
>>
>
>                -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
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>
> For the list archives and information about the organization,
>    its newsletter, and the annual conference, go to
>              http://www.stu.ca/inkshed/
>                 -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

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