Through Oct. 31: Proposals invited for presentations at Computers and Writing conference hosted by WSU

computers-logo-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Proposals will be accepted through Thursday, Oct. 31, for presentations at the Computers and Writing international conference ( to be hosted by Washington State University June 5-8.

Keynote speakers will include:

computers-logo-350* Samantha Blackmon, associate professor of English at Purdue University, whose interests include critique of identity and identity formation in online game studies. Her talk, “Your Code Ain’t Like Mine: On Being a Woman in Technology Intensive Fields,” will explore the state of women in technology fields. She is founder of the blog and podcast “Not Your Mama’s Gamer,”

* Kimberly Christen, associate professor and associate director of the digital technology and culture program at WSU and director of digital projects at the university’s Plateau Center for American Indian Studies. Her work – and her talk, “Centers and Margins: Access and the Ethics of Openness in the Digital Humanities” – explores the intersections of cultural heritage, traditional knowledge, intellectual property rights, the ethics of openness and the use of digital technologies in and by indigenous communities globally. Learn more at

* Melanie Yergeau, assistant professor of English at the University of Michigan, whose interests include digital media studies and disability studies focusing on what the neurodiversity movement has to teach us about learning, teaching, writing, difference and being. Her talk, “Disable All the Things,” will focus on political activism organized via online media in the context of the disability rights movement. She blogs semi-regularly on matters of rhetoric, autistic culture and technology at and can also be found at