Well, as a certified old fart at Inkshed, I have one thought: one of
the central things that makes Inkshed what it is is its deep non- or
inter-disciplinarity. I was talking with someone over a meal --
probably in response to a question from Tania -- and was trying to
make clear how important I think it is that part of the reason
Inkshed is so open is that we come from wildly different
institutional / professional contexts, so we check all the
disciplinary baggage at the door; another part is that most of us are
in some way or another marginalized at "home" (writing centres aren't
exactly where it's at in English; nor is rhetoric; nor is pedagogy).
Other conferences I like have something of the same character --
STLHE and IGEL, for instance, have both characteristics.
Both considerations make a refereed journal a profoundly difficult
undertaking, both in terms of funding and in terms of producing
refereeable articles (look at the trouble _TSC_ -- which just
arrived, by the way) has generating enough articles to fill an
annual. That's not because we have nothing to say, but because we
really don't have -- and don't, I'd suggest, really want -- a
discipline supporting us.
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