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CASLL-L April 2017

Subject:

Re: Farewell to Inkshed

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"Provost, MC Lois" <[log in to unmask]>

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casll-l: Canadian Association for the Study of Language and Learning (Inkshed)" <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:41:42 -0400

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This is indeed sad. And how could Inkshed have metamorphosed to  
include other languages and dual language learning, bilingual language  
learning and interlanguage learning at a time when our society most  
needs intercommunication ...
Lois
-- 
Provost, MC Lois
Doctorandus/Ph.D. candidate
on hiatus and Scholar Residency in New York
Focus:Indigenous Mestisaje Knowledge Systems
Sacred Music and Arts
Mother Language Teaching & Learning
Founding Head, World Indigenous (Mestisaje) Teaching & Learning Centre Circle
Advisors: Dr. A. Miles, Dr. G. Dei
University of Toronto
Social Justice Education

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----- Message from [log in to unmask] ---------
     Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:36:13 +0000
     From: "Paré, Anthony" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To: "casll-l: Canadian Association for the Study of Language and  
Learning   (Inkshed)" <[log in to unmask]>
  Subject: Re: Farewell to Inkshed
       To: [log in to unmask]


> As a participant at the first Inkshed conference, a regular attendee  
>  for 13 years in a row, an Inkshed conference organizer (twice), an   
> early Inkshed Newsletter editor, and a frequent newsletter   
> contributor, this news makes me feel sad and nostalgic. The   
> community was absolutely central to my development as a teacher and   
> researcher. And, most importantly, as a human being; no other   
> scholarly collective in my experience was so welcoming of me as a   
> whole person.
>
> But I do reluctantly support the Board’s decision. I think Brock is   
> right on in his analysis; all things must pass.
>
> Thanks to Brock, Clare, Kim, J. Barbara, and Dena for steering the   
> ship to shore.
>
> Anthony
>
>
>
> From: "casll-l: Canadian Association for the Study of Language and   
> Learning (Inkshed)"   
> <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>   
> on behalf of Brock MacDonald   
> <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
> Reply-To: "casll-l: Canadian Association for the Study of Language   
> and Learning (Inkshed)"   
> <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
> Date: Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7:57 AM
> To:   
> "[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>"   
> <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
> Subject: Farewell to Inkshed
>
> Hi, all.
>
> (I’m sending this message to both the CASLL and CASDW lists, in the   
> hope of reaching all former Inkshedders.  Apologies for duplications!)
>
> The announcement Roger Graves recently sent out re the latest book   
> from Inkshed Publications makes this a timely message . . .
>
> This is the second year in a row without an Inkshed conference.    
> None of our efforts to reboot and reinvigorate the conference in the  
>  years 2012 through 2015, though sometimes moderately successful as   
> one-off meetings, have generated the collective commitment needed to  
>  truly revive Inkshed and keep it going.  Taking stock of this   
> situation, the CASLL Board of Directors has decided that it’s   
> finally time to face the music and accept that Inkshed and its   
> parent association aren’t coming back.  (Re the association, it   
> effectively no longer exists: for several years now there have been   
> no paid-up members apart from some of us on the Board and Margaret   
> Procter, who manages the Inkshed/CASLL website.)
>
> No doubt there are a number of reasons for this situation: one is   
> the growth of CWCA in recent years, based on its great success in   
> bringing together the Canadian Writing Centre community; another is   
> the way that CASDW has become a big tent association for Canadian   
> writing studies and writing pedagogy in general since its   
> metamorphosis from CATTW.  Most pertinent of all may be the fact   
> that a great many (almost all?) of Inkshed’s founding generation of   
> members have retired in recent years: the core of the community that  
>  once sustained the conference and its parent association just isn’t  
>  there any more.
>
> I’m sure many of us will feel some sadness about this, remembering   
> how significant Inkshed has been in our professional lives.    
> However, although the Board has decided that it’s time to shut CASLL  
>  down, this isn’t an absolute ending.  The Board proposes to  
> transfer  the remaining funds in the CASLL bank account, roughly  
> $7000.00, to  Inkshed Publications.  Unlike the Inkshed conference,  
> Inkshed  publications is very much alive: besides the recently  
> published  Cross-Border Networks in Writing Studies, it has two more  
> books  coming out in the near future, following which it will still  
> have  sufficient funds to produce perhaps one more.  The infusion of  
> the  funds from CASLL will make possible up to four more books over  
> the  next few years, following which new funding will be needed,  
> perhaps  from CASDW and CWCA.  According to its Constitution, the  
> purpose of  CASLL is "to provide a forum and common context for  
> discussion,  collaboration, and reflective inquiry in discourse and  
> pedagogy in  the areas of writing, reading (including the reading of  
> literature),  rhetoric, and language.”  We on the CASLL Board feel  
> that devoting  the association’s remaining funds to supporting  
> Inkshed  Publications, the one and only Canadian imprint devoted to  
> work in  our field, is the best way to ensure that CASLL’s  
> dissolution is in  keeping with its fundamental purpose.
>
> Regarding the association's online presence: it's currently (and   
> rather awkwardly) in two cyber-places, the Inkshed newletter/blog   
> site that Margaret maintains (http://www.inkshed.ca/blog/) and the   
> older Inkshed site (http://inkshed.ca/), now essentially an archive   
> of material from the association’s earlier years.  Ideally all the   
> association’s records should be brought together on one site, either  
>  under the aegis of CASDW or as part of an independent Inkshed   
> Publications site (which would be effectively a repurposed version   
> of the Inkshed newsletter site, where Inkshed Publications currently  
>  has its online presence).  The key thing is that the association’s   
> archive needs to be maintained by an active organization to ensure   
> its long-term viability.  This will be on the agenda for discussion   
> at the CASDW AGM at Congress.  As for the CASLL list serve, once the  
>  association has been dissolved it would be shut down.
>
> I should say something regarding the constitutional aspects of   
> dissolving CASLL.  The one explicit mention of dissolution   
> procedures in the CASLL constitution is a clause that says "In case   
> of dissolution of the association, the profits and liabilities of   
> the association will be shared equally among all of the paid-up   
> current voting members.”  The Board’s plan to transfer the   
> association’s remaining funds to Inskhed Publications is in effect   
> an agreement among the paid-up current voting members to use their   
> “shares” that way, rather than simply cashing out (!!).
>
> As for the decision to dissolve the association, while there is no   
> specified procedure for this, the constitution does say that "The   
> Board of Directors of the association shall have the responsibility   
> of carrying out the management of the association. This   
> responsibility should be carried out with the knowledge and   
> cooperation of the membership.”  In our view, in the absence of any   
> specific clause re dissolution, it clearly comes under “management   
> of the association.”  As for "the knowledge and cooperation of the   
> membership," as I’ve already mentioned, at present the membership is  
>  effectively non-existent, leaving the Board on its own.  However,  
> in  keeping with the spirit of the constitution, the Board agreed  
> that  this notice should be sent out: we hope it will reach all  
> former  CASLL members and prompt some discussion, from which we  
> further hope  will emerge general agreement in support of the  
> decision we’ve taken.
>
> If there is strong opposition to the Board's decision, those opposed  
>  would need to take a number of steps to give their opposition   
> effect, starting with paying fees in order to become current CASLL   
> members and thus be entitled to vote on the Board’s plan.  If a   
> sudden flood of membership payments materializes, obviously we’ll   
> have to think again!  However, we sincerely hope that this will not   
> happen — that everyone will agree that it’s best to bid CASLL and   
> Inkshed a fond farewell and let them rest in peace.
>
> Best wishes,
> Brock
>
> On behalf of the CASLL Board of Directors (membership as of 2016,   
> when we met and made this decision): Clare Bermingham, Kim Garwood,   
> J. Barbara Rose, and Dena Taylor
>
>
>
> W. Brock MacDonald
> Vice-Principal
> Director, Academic Writing Centre
> Woodsworth College, University of Toronto
> 119 St. George Street
> Toronto, ON   M5S-1A9
> (416) 978-0246
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