>Subject: CFP: Writing Interviews and Oral Histories (5/1/06; journal issue)
>From: "Mahon, Wade" <[log in to unmask]>
>Call for Papers
> Issues in Writing Special Issue: Writing Interviews and Oral
>Deadline: May 1, 2006
>Because written transcripts of interviews straddle the border between
>speech and writing, they raise interesting questions for those who
>"write" or read them-is the written text ever an exact transcript of
>what was said? How much license does the transcriber have to edit the
>text? How much power does the interviewer have on what the interviewee
>says or on the reader's reception of the text? On a broader level, what
>role do oral histories and interviews play in various kinds of public or
>academic discourse? The editors of Issues in Writing wish to explore
>these and other related questions in a special issue due to come out in
>Fall 2006 or Spring 2007.
>Possible topics for manuscripts:
>--What is the interviewer's/editor's role in shaping the content of an
>interview or oral history transcript?
>--The ethics of the interview or oral history
>--How do we distinguish good interviews/histories from mediocre or poor
>--The purpose(s) of publishing interviews or oral histories-historical
>preservation, marketing and public relations, cultural identity, etc.
>--The function of oral histories in different contexts-academia,
>journalism, the corporate world, the military, local communities,
>individual families, politics, literature, etc.
>--Problems, issues related to preserving and archiving oral histories.
>--Comparing the features of speech and writing in interviews of
>--How can interviewing and oral history techniques be used in the
>teaching of writing.
>--How can interviewing and oral history techniques best be taught?
>--How can oral history projects (like StoryCorps, for example) be useful
>resources for writing.
>--How are oral history resources used in coordination with other forms
>of historical data?
>--Is oral history more/less reliable than other methods of writing
>--The power of memory-what/how people remember/forget/neglect to mention
>in interviews; how interviewers' questions trigger/shape what
>interviewees recall or suppress.
>--Examinations of specific events/places/groups/issues through the lens
>of (competing?) oral history(ies).
>Issues in Writing is an annual, refereed journal devoted to the study of
>writing in the Arts and Humanities, Science and Technology, Government,
>Education, Business and Industry, and the professions.
>We welcome articles on all aspects of the teaching and production of
>public writing, and we consider a broad variety of approaches,
>methodologies, and styles. We accept, for example, research articles
>that describe, narrate, or report the results of primary or secondary
>research in the classroom and workplace; practical articles that provide
>insights into writing as it occurs in the various professional contexts
>or that describe innovative approaches to the teaching of writing; and
>articles from theoretical and/or historical perspectives that address
>problems and issues related to all aspects of academic, professional,
>and technical writing. We are especially glad to receive articles that
>link academia and the world of work and that encourage stimulating
>dialogue across traditional rhetorical and disciplinary boundaries,
>forms, and roles.
>Manuscripts should be 30 pages or less, double-spaced (including
>appendices or illustrations). Do not include your name and/or
>affiliation anywhere on the MS itself. Authors should use standard
>English and avoid jargon or provide definitions when using specialized
>terms. Provide two clear copies.
>Send manuscripts and correspondence to:
>Issues in Writing
>Department of English
>University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
>Stevens Point, WI 54481
>Or submit manuscript by email to <[log in to unmask]> in Rich Text format
>or attach as MS Word document.
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