Western States Composition

Conference 1997

Welcome to the 1997 Western States Composition Conference (WSCC) web site! This year the WSCC will be held in Tempe, Arizona at Arizona State University from October 24 to October 25. For information on any of the following areas, please select the appropriate link:

WSCC 1997 Theme 
Keynote Speaker 
Program Schedule  
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Registration Information 
Lodging Information

WSCC Philosophy

The Western States Rhetoric and Composition Conference was initiated to allow scholars in the Western region to come together and exchange current research in rhetoric and composition. In keeping with the spirit of a small gathering, the conference will be held in a professional but relaxed atmosphere. It's primary goal is to address theoretical and pedagogical issues throughout a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives. Each year, the conference will focus on a particular theme. We welcome proposals that deal with other relevant topics and issues for our field as well.

Writing and Collaboration:  Constructing Relations

". . .our sense of another person emerges from the distance which divides my situation from yours, and from the various bridges which can be built across that distance. . ." Simon Denith, Bakhtinian Thought: An Introductory Reader 12 Given this year's theme, "Writing and Collaboration," we invited proposals that support as well as challenge contemporary notions of collaboration. The conference will consist of paper presentations, panel discussions, and roundtables that contribute to the theory, research, or pedagogy of rhetoric and composition in the following areas:

Keynote Speaker

Susan Miller

Susan Miller is a professor of English and a faculty member of the University Writing Program at the University of Utah. She is the author of several books, including Textual Carnivals: The Politics of Composition, and Rescuing the Subject: A Critical Introduction to Rhetoric and the Writer. Her scholarship, which locates composition in the context of its historical ties to English Studies and rhetoric, has helped establish the field's emerging disciplinary status. She has co-authored a textbook on composition and technology, and most recently has completed a study of commonplace books from 19th century Virginia entitled Assuming the Positions: Cultural Pedagogy and the Politics of Commonplace Writing, forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press.

Registration Information

During the 1997 year, registration is free for the conference. If you would like to register via e-mail, please select this registration link.

For information or questions regarding the Western States Composition Conference, please contact: Peter Goggin at petergo@asu.edu (602) 965-4518 or Maureen Mathison at Maureen.Mathison@m.cc.utah.edu (801) 581-5623

To obtain a discount on hotel rates, you will want to mention that you are with the Western States Composition Conference and provide our confirmation number for each hotel. All of the following hotels are within walking distance of Arizona State University:

Last Updated: 9/24/97