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A late voice of support for long-term, secure archiving of Inkshed materials. The community and its activities supported so many of us and encouraged such innovative teaching and research. Thanks, Russ, for always being so attentive to this rich resource.

 

Anthony

 

From: "casll-l: Canadian Association for the Study of Language and Learning (Inkshed)" <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Louise Phelps <[log in to unmask]>
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Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 10:46 AM
To: "[log in to unmask]" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: The extinction of Inkshed

 

I want to endorse plans to preserve and make accessible Inkshed archives, including the archive of CASSLL-L--they are essential for historians of writing studies world-wide, not just in Canada! The Inkshed archives I was able to access online were invaluable in writing my chapter "Four Scholars, Four Genres: Networked Trajectories" in our co-authored book Cross-Border Networks in Writing Studies (by Derek Mueller, Andrea Williams, myself, and Jennifer Clary-Lemon), which includes a section on the contributions of Jim Reither and Inkshed as an "epistemic newsletter." Inkshed is not only an indispensable part of the history of Canadian writing studies, it is an exemplar of how scholars in a particular national location use networking and self-education to form a disciplinary nucleus. As we argued in our book, these kinds of ephemeral texts can be as important in shaping intellectual activity in a field as conventional publications--we need to preserve and study them, in conjunction with other methods like oral histories.

 

thanks to all who are figuring out ways to do it--

 

Louise 

 

Louise Wetherbee Phelps

Scholar-in-Residence of Rhetoric and Writing, Old Dominion University

Emeritus Professor of Writing and Rhetoric, Syracuse University

 

On Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 11:12 AM Andrea Lunsford <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I love Inkshed and inkshedding. The archives absolutely must be preserved!

 

Best hellos to all/-and dies anyone have Roger Graves’s current email address??

 

Andrea

 

On Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 1:45 PM Brian Hotson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hello –

 

Thanks for bringing this up, Russ. Though I was only at two Inkshed gatherings, Inkshed provided me, professionally, grounding in academic writing and the academic writing community, at a time when the CWCA was struggling with its existence. The CWCA meeting at STLHE in 2012 had only 5 people in a small boardroom at McGill, two of which were Inkshedders. Theresa Hyland calls Inkshed the “grandmother” of both CASDW and CWCA.

 

The listserve and archive are extremely important to the story of academic writing, rhetoric, and the community in the Canadian context. The fact that this discussion is occurring here is a sign of its usefulness! With the number of means of communicating online, e-mail still requires direct attention.

 

As Margaret mentioned, she’s written an excellent piece for the Writing Lab Newsletter blog, which will go up Oct 23rd. I’m hoping that this post will provide greater audience for the work of Inkshed, the Inkshed archives, the story of academic writing in Canada, and those who were involved. I’ll post it to the listserve when it’s up. For the archived newsletters, etc., I suggest that these should be backed up in multiple locations. It might be an idea to have the archive linked from the IWCA website and other regional and national writing centre associations  – I can look into this, if there is interest.

 

The wiki idea is a great one, esp. with a bibliography. It may also be a moment to consider an edited volume of the letters and publications of Inkshed, published by Inkshed, of course…

 

Thanks,

 

Brian

 

 

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From: "casll-l: Canadian Association for the Study of Language and Learning (Inkshed)" <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Russell Hunt <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To: "casll-l: Canadian Association for the Study of Language and Learning (Inkshed)" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Friday, October 12, 2018 at 8:47 PM
To: "[log in to unmask]" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: The extinction of Inkshed

 

Let me try to respond to a number of emails in one, to avoid causing unnecessary RSI . . .

 

Doug says he thinks it's good to have the newsletters accessible, but says that's already happening: on the other hand, Carl says he couldn't find his own article in it, looking for it specifically. I think the issue is practical accessibility, and right now, where it is on the CASDW site, it's accessible but not exactly findable. It's like being on the library shelf but not in the catalog. I think that's the point Natasha makes, and Carolyn agrees with (as do I).

 

Kathy makes what I think is a brilliant suggestion: a wikipedia entry. I am (or anyway was at one time) a wikipedia editor. I propose to explore that and draft an entry, inviting other inkshedders to become editors (or exercise their editorship) to help. Not sure how quickly that can happen, because I'm off for Scotland and Ireland for a couple of weeks on Tuesday, and my dance card for the next few days is filling up, but I'll take a run at it.

 

I'm puzzled by Lois' posting, but on the assumption that it was intended for me and went to the list in error (like Brenda's signoff message), I'll suggest it be ignored on the list.

 

I'd like to reiterate (contra Doug) that I think the archive of CASLL-L is itself an important resource. Yes, the postings on it are rather like inksheds, in that they were  situational and thus narrow and perhaps intended to be forgotten once used, like inksheds or conversation; on the other hand it's a record of where ideas arose and developed, and when, at least after 1995. As a LISTSERV archive, it's searchable by date and topic and poster, and I think is sort of like a steamer trunk full of correspondence, except there's an index on the cover. I think it's worth trying to make sure it survives and is accessible (at least until climate change floods all the servers . . . )

 

I also think a bibliography of inkshed-related publications would be a useful resource, and might become part of a wikipedia entry. But that's a more ambitious project than I want to think about on a Friday night.

 

Thank you to everybody who replied.

 

-- Russ

 

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