Rewriting Disciplines, Rewriting Boundaries: Transdisciplinarity, Translingual, and Transnational Challenges for WAC/WID

Guest editors: Bruce Horner, University of Louisville, and Jonathan Hall, York College of the City University of New York

This special issue welcomes both theoretical and empirical investigations of how WAC/WID may effectively respond to recent trends toward transdisciplinary, translingual, and transnational approaches to writing research and teaching. We seek papers that explore the potential challenges and promises for WAC/WID scholarship of recent work in second language writing, comparative rhetoric, studies in the history of the disciplines and disciplinary formations, modality studies, contrastive/intercultural rhetoric, translingual theory, translation studies, and globalization studies.

Specifically, we seek papers that address one or more of the following:

Transdisciplinary: The Writing in the Disciplines movement has traditionally respected disciplinary boundaries: we have seen our job as helping faculty to articulate their discipline-specific writing goals, and to socialize students into the conventions of writing and research methodologies of that particular discipline. But what is to become of WID if the very idea of a discipline is being challenged? What, that is, do we mean by "In"?

Translingual: In recent years WAC/WID has opened a dialogue with second language writing, critical applied linguistics, TESOL, second language acquisition and other approaches to language learning. All of these fields have in turn come to face a critical challenge regarding how their disciplinary explorations should be affected by a translingual re-conceptualization of language relations. There is considerable confusion about the relationship between translingual work and other work (e.g., comparative rhetoric, and rhetoric, as well as L2 writing) as well as potentially useful explorations of intersections with issues of transfer, mobility, genre, and modality: translinguality seems to demand transdisciplinary work despite the challenges and problems of engaging in such work. How might WID scholarship and teaching respond to these challenges?

Transnational: How do we approach the writing education of "international" students on U.S. campuses? In overseas partnerships, how have individual WAC professionals and institutions avoided an export model? How do we address the issue of the language medium to be used for writing and teaching in such partnerships? How do we formulate a transnational and translingual WAC approach? How do transnational perspectives call into question U.S. assumptions about disciplinary identities and boundaries?

Deadline for Proposals: November 30, 2016

Notification of Acceptance: January 30, 2017

Manuscripts Due: May 31, 2017

Revised Final Manuscripts Due: November 15, 2017

Publication: Spring 2018

Proposal Format:Please submit a 500 word proposal explaining your topic, the research and theoretical base on which you will draw, and your plans for the structure of your article, following the general guidelines for submissions to Across the Disciplines. Send your proposal electronically (in MS Word format) to guest editors Bruce Horner ( and Jonathan Hall (, and also to ATD editor Michael Pemberton at Please provide full contact information with your submission.