April 18, 2005
Call for papers
Eileen Schell forwarded this today, and I thought I should absolutely add it to our blog posts, even though I'm sure you all got it from Eileen, too. It gave me a tremendous amount of satisfaction to have read some of the folks being cited and understand the conversation. In the process of making the CFP more "linked," I discovered David P. Reed's website, specifically his Reed's Locus page, with a link to an entire page devoted to Group Forming Networks resources.
From: Samantha Blackmon
Date: April 18, 2005 12:14:58 PM EDT
Subject: C&W 2005
Reply-To: Writing Program Administration
Here is the CFP you've all been waiting for: Computers and Writing
Online 2005! Complete details can be found at
When Content Is No Longer King: Social Networking, Community, and
David Reed explains that in the early stages of a network's formation
and growth, that "content is king," that there are a "a small number of sources (publishers or makers) of content that every user selects from" (qtd in Rheingold Smart Mobs 61). As the network scales, "group-forming networks" occur, and the value of the network increases exponentially in relationship of the number of users, otherwise known as Reed's Law, privileging the social interaction over content.
We can see this change in network valuation in today's Internet. The
increased valuing of social interaction in large scale networks is
reflected in the new technologies that place emphasis on social
communication and community over content. These technologies, often
dubbed "social software" are applications that, as Clay Shirky
explains, "support group interaction."
We invite proposals from scholars, graduate students and others who
have interest in computers and writing and social interactions and are
working on projects in gestation, in progress, near completion, or at
any stage in between, whether a thesis or dissertation, article, book
project, or just want to preview and fine-tune your conference
presentation for Computers and Writing Conference hosted by Stanford
University. This is a unique opportunity for extended discussion of
your ideas before heading to Palo Alto. Conference organizers are
particularly interested in presentations that address, but are not
limited to, the following concerns:
--Internet "social software" technologies such as blogs, wikis, RSS,
social networks (orkut and friendster), and social bookmarking
--Mobile technologies such as wi-fi and smart phones.
--More traditional social, community communication spaces of email,
discussion forums, newsgroups, listservs, and MOO's.
As an acknowledgment of the value of social networks in creating
discourse of and about scholarly work, CWOnline 2005 will follow a
submission process using weblogs whereby participants will submit
abstract proposals for public review and feedback within the Kairosnews site. Final versions of presentations will be made available online on Kairosnews.
Samantha Blackmon, PhD
Department of English
West Lafayette, IN
**Please change my email in your address books to
Posted by dwinslow at April 18, 2005 01:29 PM
I was glad to see that Network(ed) Rhetorics had blogged the CFP and want to encourage anyone/everyone to use Computers and Writing Online 2005 to premier some of the projects you have been working on for the course. This is a great opportunity not only to engage in dialogue with others in the field to further develop the ideas you are working on, but also a chance to expose the larger computers and writing community to many of the cutting edge concepts you have been working with. At the very least, be sure to join in both the abstract feedback and presentation phase of the conference :-)
Hope to see you at the conference!
Editor and Site Administrator
Posted by: Charlie Lowe at April 18, 2005 11:28 PM