Praxis CFP for Spring 2008

Here is the call for papers from Praxis:

CFP: Spring 2008 Issue of Praxis – Authority and Cooperation

Praxis: A Writing Center Journal welcomes submissions for its Spring 2008 issue. Although we welcome essays on a wide range of topics related to writing centers, we especially encourage submissions on this issue’s theme: Authority and Cooperation. Many writing centers try to create a collaborative space free from the hierarchies of knowledge and power that characterize the classroom and the university in general; yet difficult issues concerning authority and hierarchy inevitably develop in individual writing consultations and in the larger physical and institutional space of the writing center. We invite contributors to interpret the theme of Authority and Cooperation broadly; however, some possible applications include

¨ Directive/Non-directive approaches to consultations

¨ Undergraduates consulting undergraduates

¨ Using writing manuals/style guides as authoritative arbiters of writing style

¨ Issues of power, gender, class, race

¨ Overall writing center philosophies

¨ Navigating the professor’s authority

¨ Creating collaborative spaces within the writing center’s administrative hierarchies (and within larger institutional hierarchies)

Submission guidelines:

Recommended article length is 1000 to 2000 words. Articles should conform to MLA style. Send submissions as a Word document e-mail attachment to Jeremy Dean, James Jesson, and Patricia Burns at Also include the writer’s name, e-mail address, phone number, and affiliation. Because Praxis is a Web-based journal, please do not send paper; we do not have the resources to transcribe printed manuscripts. Images should be formatted as jpeg files and sent as attachments.

Deadline for Spring issue: February 1, 2008

Praxis: A Writing Center Journal ( is a biannual electronic publication sponsored by the University of Texas Undergraduate Writing Center, a component of the Department of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Texas at Austin. It is a forum for writing center practitioners everywhere.

We welcome articles from writing center consultants and administrators related to training, consulting, labor issues, administration, and writing center news, initiatives, and scholarship. For further information about submitting an article or suggesting an idea, please contact the editors at


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