Every year in late May-early June, CASDW hosts a bilingual, 2- to 3-day scholarly conference at the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities (formerly known as The Learneds). The Congress itself is organized by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
CASDW members learn about each year's conference themes and deadlines through a Call for Papers: broadcast each summer on the CASDW-ACR listserv and published on our website. We invite members of CASDW and other colleagues interested in the study and teaching of discourse and writing to submit formal proposals for research oriented and/or theoretically oriented papers. We also accept proposals for other sessions, such as roundtables, workshops, or panels. A special highlight: every year we invite one to three guest keynote speakers well known in the field of discourse and writing studies, including both members of CASDW, such as Catherine Schryer and Janet Giltrow, and non-members, including Dorothy Winsor, JoAnne Yates, Caroline Miller, Bev Sauer, Laura Gurak, Carl Herndl, Greg Myers, Ken Hyland, Jeff Grabill and Bill Hart-Davidson, Charles Bazerman, Vijay Bhatia, Colin Lankshear and Michele Knobel--among others--have joined us.
The CASDW conference is unique for three reasons. First, we provide speakers with more time than usual for their papers--usually about 25-30 minutes. Second, we have traditionally insisted that all speakers leave lots of time for audience discussion. Third, we build plenty of networking opportunities into our programs. These three features make our conference an excellent venue in which to present new research and receive useful feedback and responses. Many conference-goers come back year after year, not wanting to miss this chance to make connections, learn about new ideas, present their work, and connect with colleagues and friends. CASDW also tries to create a particularly welcoming atmosphere for graduate students and new researchers in discourse and writing studies.
In general, CASDW conferences are great opportunities to meet new colleagues and renew old friendships! Another special highlight: at each conference, we set one evening aside to gather for dinner at an excellent local restaurant, an event attracting as many as 30 to 40 conference-goers and travelling-companions.
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