50th Anniversary Dartmouth Institute and Conference

On August 10-12, an international group of writing studies scholars working with methods from fields such as ethnography, cultural-historical activity theory, language policy, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, linguistics, big data and more will meet here at Dartmouth to address the question: What is the state of the art of higher education writing research today and where must it go next?

This conference celebrates the 50th anniversary of the legendary 1966 Dartmouth Seminar, a ground-breaking gathering that arguably launched the interdisciplinary field of composition, or writing studies, in higher education.

The conference will be fortified by a small, eight-day Institute designed to recall the original 1966 event while looking forward to the future of writing research. The Institute will feature intense discussions of “working papers” by authors including Chuck Bazerman, Deborah Brandt, Ellen Cushman, David Galbraith, Makoni Sinfree, and Clay Spinuzzi. These authors will work on their ideas in conversation with twenty Institute participants and six Dartmouth Fellows. These authors will present their new work as plenaries at the Conference; the Institute participants will respond to the plenaries and present their work in concurrent sessions.

Members of the Dartmouth Community are invited to attend the conference’s engaging multidisciplinary sessions for free, but registration is requested.

For full details, please visit the conference website