30 September 2008

Conference Clearinghouse

12th Annual ATTW Conference - March 11th, 2009 - San Francisco, CA
Theme: Beyond Work? Technical Communication in Professional, Community, & Social Networks
CFP deadline: 300 word proposals are due October 31st, 2008

PCA/ACA Pop Culture/American Culture: (No Theme)
National PCA/ACA Conference New Orleans Marriott Hotel April 8-11, 2009
CFP: 100 to 250 word abstract due November 30, 2008

May 3-6, 2009 Atlanta, GA
Proposal deadline Oct. 20, 2008
This is a good conference for someone who is interested in usability, training, documentation, and other industry practices.

July 19-22 2009, Hawaii
Proposal deadline Oct 30, 2008

Oct 2-4, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
2009 conference University of Aarhus (theme not defined yet)

IABC (International Association of Business Communication)
June 7-10, 2009 CFP is not out yet

www. iaics.org is currently unavailable
Computer & Writing
June 16-19, 2009, UC-Davis
Proposal Deadline: Sept 19, 2008
This is a good conference to go to if you are interested in employing technologies in teaching writing.

24th International Conference on Computers and Their Applications
March 25-27, 2009, New Orleans, Louisiana USA
Sponsored by the International Society for Computers and Their Applications (ISCA)
The topics will include, but are not limited to, the following areas: Algorithms, Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, Artificial Intelligence, Image Processing, Computer-aided Design/manufacturing, Real-time Computing, Computing Practice and Applications
Papers will be accepted only by electronic submission (PDF only). A full paper, including title, author's name(s) and affiliation, mailing address, telephone, fax and email of the principal author, should be submitted before October 13, 2008 at the following web site:
Full paper Submission Deadline: October 13, 2008 Notification of Acceptance:
December 12, 2008 Pre-registration and Camera-ready paper due: January 9, 2009

Expanding Literacy Studies - International, Interdisciplinary Conference for Graduate Students
April 3-5, 2009, The Ohio State University
Submission Deadline: October 15, 2008
Website: www.literacystudies.osu.edu/conference
Theme: This conference aims to expand the dialogue and explore the landscape and intersections of literacy studies as a framework of critical investigation. This approach is meant to do the double work of expanding the field while critiquing the expansion. To that end, we invite proposals from graduate and professional students in ALL fields.
POSSIBLE TOPICS AND POINTS OF ENTRY: health literacy, literacy and technology, visual literacy, representations of literacy, definitions of literacy, law and literacy, art literacy, uses and abuses of literacy, motivations for literacy, symbol systems, the sociology of literacy, the teaching of literacy, reading and writing, literacy and science, performances of literacy, literacy and popular culture, the future of literacy, histories of literacy, intersections of literacy, production and consumption of texts, multiple literacies, the literacy myth, literacy and social change, sites of literacy, literacy in communities, work literacy.

25 September 2008


Halfway through September, a second S3S gathering, the Vitanzas reopen their home (is it ever closed?), and the surprises keep coming.

So here they are, moments of interest, objects of curiosity, and observations of no particular importance from a newb’s p.o.v.

No, seriously, how big is that deck?
About 10:00 p.m. only a handful of people remain in the Vitanza’s living room, plus, of course, two or three in the kitchen (always a few in the kitchen). This seems strange considering at previous Vitanza parties--I’ve been to 2 others if you count the preview visit--navigating the rooms has remained difficult until close to midnight when the crowd thins.

Suddenly the back door opens and the party’s size triples.

“Smoker’s are back,” someone says.

The picture below does no justice to the numbers of the Second Society of the Third Sophistic. They congregate on decks and patios. They smoke. They chat by floodlight and candlelight. I know Meredith Hilst is counted among their ranks.

Helms is where?
Hawaii. Some say with a student’s family. Others say with a friend he met at a football game. Most whisper of a mysterious romance with a woman remarkable for both her charm and her wealth.

At the party, he’s reached via cell phone. Victor immediately asks to speak

with him.

“Who gave you permission?!” he demands.

The reply never comes. Helms once again has gone underground.

Does it come in a can?
No, we learned, yeast bread does not.

He looks like he’s standing in a trailer park.
There’s a picture on the Vitanzas’ bookshelf, old enough that I remember it in black and white. There are other photos on the shelf, but Keri (my wife) is fascinated by that one. I think it is one of Victor’s relatives.

“I’m not sure. Ask Victor.”

She does, and we learn that it is Kenneth Burke. I suppose that counts as a relative. Someone confirms that the small doorway he seems to be coming in or out of--although it looks suspiciously like a medium-sized motor home--is, in fact, an airplane.

I will fight you for the last piece of that.
Toni’s corn casserole. It’s that good.


A few other notes to offer some context on the weeks that were/are.

First Year Report
With a manifesto to design in 805, book reviews to write for 801, and rodeo footage* to cut for 804, you can look into our faces this week, and nostalgically relive your first wave of pressure in a Ph.D. program.

*We took a class trip to the Westminster Apple-Rodeo Festival to shoot on the fly. One of the treats was Shawn Minor, the current World Champion Bull Rider. Mythologically fierce bull + Shawn Minor = easy. Other elements of the rodeo offered a little more opposition. I’m sure you’ll see soon (after all, we’re making videos).

Sergio, Alicia, and Mark put together a few designs for the Serious Gaming Colloquium. Here’s the final version, selected mainly for its comment on the continuing problem of dragon hate crimes in World of Warcraft.

RCID Lessons Learned
From the Body Colloquium: If you see this man driving a convertible--

--run. Or if you like your kisses with a little bruising, go ahead: pull over.

Coming Soon
Party at Art and Donna's. Promises of an urban hike. Bring your canteens.


12 September 2008

hear ye, hear ye...

Justin makes really nice newsletters. Amanda sent me a sample, and after reading through it, one word stuck with me: Recipes. Recipes? How did the man collect all this RCID trivia, keep up with what was going on from firstyears to faculty, while working on two dissertations and preparing for the arrival of a newborn?

I can't do that. I can't even attempt that, at least not for a while. I'm still learning names—the letter J took the entire first week—and I'm still struggling with doubt about the existence of my other 402 officemates. (Lin, I think, has come and gone, but the evidence is weak and witnesses won't talk.)

So what can I offer? Justin has kept S3S active in-between parties. The newsletter seemed like the event-after-the-event that made the event itself more than just a party at ____'s house. It suggested more than another happy hour (did you know Sonic has introduced a happy hour for slushes?). It was more than a social for a department/club/organization/class/association. It was, instead, a gathering of a Society, which continues to chat and exchange and engage after the dishes have been washed.

Every community that cares about itself usually produces some form of crier. Someone, whether it's a guy with a bell and a loud voice, a journalist, a bartender, a table in the corner of that cafe where they're always playing cards, or a 60 year-old obese man with a cane on a bench who knows everyone's name and laughs infectiously when he tells about the early days of the all-male strip club next to his apartment (his name was Gerry and he was my first...crier, that is).

This is not a setup for me to introduce myself as the second-coming of the Great S3S Crier. Like I said, I don't know enough, and I'll never live up to Justin's model.

Instead, I love the idea of criers. Better yet, I love the idea of a space for them. Throughout the year the parties are those spaces, but when the parties aren't in session, it's helpful to still have a bench, a cafe, a bar, or in this case a blog to go to. There's a Greek word for that, which I can't remember and should considering all the Greek I've been exposed to these past two weeks.

I'm more familiar with the Italian word: the piazza. I always wished America had more of them—outside of malls—closed to traffic, centralized for pedestrians, home to a good fountain or statue or two. Criers are more effective in spaces like these. Word spreads faster. Positions can form. Action can be taken.

So good idea, Amanda. We have a piazza here in this blog. Each Friday between parties, I plan on posting, sitting on my bench, if you will. You can expect, if you come close, the perspective of someone who is just learning about you. Although I won't be able to disguise the "I," I promise to make this, as much as I can, not about me.

And—if I can have one more turn of this metaphor—there are plenty more benches. I've got room on mine. Please, sit and talk awhile.

See you all tonight.


03 September 2008

3.1: party the first

On Friday, 29 August 2008, the Society of the 3rd Sophistic (or 's3s', or, as I've always fondly considered it, 'the nerd party') recommenced monthly gathering for the third time. As has become tradition, the Vitanzas kindly hosted this first event of the new school year. Many students, faculty and families attended -- many familiar faces (Dinolfos, Mortons, Elisa Sparks, Jason Helms, Alicia Hatter, to name a few) and several new (including Collamatis, Newbolds, Nicole MacFarlane, JFB and Amy Monaghan). Not everyone could make it, of course, but three specific absences deserve special note -- Nikki Hodgson, Xiaoli Li, and Wu Dan. They were busy caring for (and recovering from) the newest additions to RCID -- a formal s3s welcome to YiYi, Gavin, and Yihan! We look forward to seeing them (and their parents, of course) at future events.

As usual, the gig hopped, with guests milling all around the house and back porch, enjoying countless delectable treats and engaging conversations of the academic and "otherwise" varieties. We caught up from our busy summers, hearing tales of travel, creation, and even some rest. New classes, for the taking and the teaching, were reflected upon, with expressions of hope, anxiety, overwhelmingness, and delight. While many guests began departing around 10pm, a few hardcore attendees held out until after midnight (note: this is not a standard requirement, and should not frighten either attendees nor future (and potential) hosts!).

In the final analysis, a good time seemed to be had by all. Evidence can be found through image. Theoretically, you should be able to view said photos, currently posted in my Facebook account, by following these links:
s3s August, aka "academics gone wild"
rcid kids (pics taken by Garrett and Ana)

I'll be working on other photo delivery methods as the semester progresses. I also encourage feedback (I'm quite sensitive to picture desirability -- if you don't like an image of yourself, I will gladly remove it!) and contribution. Send on your own images!

That's all for now. Looking forward to seeing everyone at our next gathering, coming soon to a location near you -- specifically, the Vitanzas', on Friday, 12 September 2008.


01 September 2008


Discussions for an informal society of sorts began among RCID in December 2006, initially through the suggestion of vv. Justin Hodgson served as herald for this call, planning, organizing, coaxing and encouraging us into what we are today.

The plan was to help enrich our experiences here at Clemson by facilitating professional-social gatherings, a space/place where we (the RCID family) could gather and engage with one another in a less formal setting.Whether located in the center or at the fringes of RCID endeavors, all were (and are) welcome. As such, we encouraged spouses, children, guests, and the like to attend--we wanted to make everyone feel included and welcomed.

The concept, modeled after the Gorgias Society begun at UTA, was to have a social gathering the first Friday of every month for those who could make it. Our first meeting was an exception to this as we gathered on 19 January 2007. We soon appropriated the second Fridays of each month to avoid conflict with a Clemson poetry group and encourage more participation.

Early on, we had yet to decide on a societal name; many showed interest adopting "The Burkean Parlor" as well as in rekindling the previously mentioned "Gorgias Society" (now dormant). Amanda insisted on referring to our gatherings (with great affection) as "the nerd parties." Justin proposed a slightly more official and (potentially) appropriate name: Society of the 3rd Sophistic (aka s3s, that superliminal group). He also ran a "slogo" contest, garnering several interesting "slogos," which now grace the head of this blog.

As matter of fact (a very concept oft debated around these parts), Justin's dedication as coordinator and newsletter creator/composer for the first year and a half solidified s3s into the consistent and somewhat fantabulous group we now know, love, and count on for regular socialization.

-composed by JH and akb