Blurring Boundaries: The ECWCA Journal
Over several years, writing center administrators and consultants have theorized ways to assist clients in their navigation of academic, creative, personal, business, and other types of writing, while simultaneously counteracting scholarship that suggest writing centers are an unethical pursuit. These efforts by dedicated writing center scholars and administrators have provided the foundation upon which writing centers — as a whole — stand: the overall relaxed environment of writing centers, the focus on higher order concerns, and making better writers, not better writing. In fact, these foci are so ingrained within writing center theory, pedagogy, and praxis, that they are rarely interrogated.
The East Central Writing Center Association (ECWCA) is seeking proposals on “Rhetorical Ruptures & Changing Spaces”for it’s inaugural edition of the e-journal Blurring Boundaries: The ECWCA Journal. To continue to build upon the theoretical foundation upon which writing centers are built, scholars must interrogate these theoretical and pedagogical archetypes in order to expand and further our knowledge of how writing centers can and should function for both the clients they serve and the academic spaces in which they are situated. Consequently, this call seeks manuscripts challenging, interrogating, and rupturing long held ideologies about the WC, i.e. pedagogy, design, space, practice, etc.
Submissions for this issue may also explore the impact of focusing on higher order concerns when some students, learning a grammar system non-native to their home language(s), i.e. international students and multilingual learners, require assistance with basic English grammar. Other topics that theorize and discuss issues that may arise for certain raced, classed, gendered, and non-heterosexual clients, consultants, and administrators are encouraged. This journal will accept multimedia projects such as podcasts, video, prezi, etc., as well as standard written manuscripts, forums, etc. For an expected Spring 2017 publication, review of submissions will begin on January 1, 2017.