2018 Praxis Conference CFP

Praxis Conference 2018
Translation Practices: Negotiating Difference
Friday, February 9th, 2018, 9:15 am-2:45 pm
University of Washington, Seattle Campus
Cascade Rooms, Haggett Hall

The English Writing Programs’ fourth annual Praxis Conference calls for proposals that engage issues of
communication and learning across difference. The theme for the conference is “Translation Practices:
Negotiating Difference,” where translation is being broadly – yet critically - conceptualized as change
over time, space, identity, modality, language, medium, audience, etc. Given that all communication
inherently takes place across difference, how do we respond as educators and learners, especially in
historicized contexts where disparities of prestige and access to material or symbolic resources continue
to impact how various literacy and communicative practices are taken up (or not)? What do we stand to
gain from bringing translation processes themselves into focus, not just the end-product of translation?
What limitations or constraints remain?

Since its first year, the Praxis Conference has been a forum by and for educators, learners, and other
stake-holders in the University of Washington communities on and beyond campus, where theory and
practice should meet and inform each other. We invite faculty, staff, students, administrators and other
UW affiliates to share research, community projects, classroom strategies, situated responses, etc. in
which they are involved to develop our perspectives and practices across contexts. Interdisciplinary
approaches are welcomed, and projects that explicitly address equity issues will be given priority when
we review applications.

Some possible topics could include, but are not limited to:
• Imagined Communities and/or Funds of Knowledge
• Transnational, Post-Colonial, and/or Critical Race Issues
• Multilingualism, Translingualism, and/or Translanguaging
• Multimodality and/or Literacy Practices
• Transfer and/or Consequential Transitions
• Remix Culture and/or Writing Process/Revision Practices
• Human-Centered Design, Usability, Accessibility, and/or Communication Systems

Proposals should be 300-500 words and submitted as an email attachment to hshelton@uw.edu. Please
include the following:
1. type of presentation (15 minute presentation, 45 minute panel, 30 minute roundtable discussion,
or poster-session)
2. title of the presentation
3. presenter’s name(s), professional title(s) affiliation(s), and email(s)
Deadline for submissions: December 1st, 2017 by 5 pm
Acceptance notifications: December 13th, 2017 by 5 pm

For any questions, please contact the conference chair, Holly Shelton at hshelton@uw.edu, or co-chair,
Sumyat Thu at smthu@uw.edu.
You can also find more information and future registration for the conference at the following link:

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 (voice), 206-543-6452 (TTY), 206-685-7264 (fax), or dso@uw.edu, preferably at least 10 days in advance of the event.