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Subject: Introduction: Composing Our Conference Selves as Human Text and Hypertext
Written by: Will Hochman, hochmanw1@southernct.edu
Created on: April 4, 2004
Updated on: April 4, 2004

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Introduction: Composing Our Conference Selves as Human Text and Hypertext

Home. The jet touched down safely. Were the last few days business travel, pleasure or another home? Our clogged ears ached. Our tired heads pounded with too many ideas and too little sleep. Last night’s love affair with our own mattresses makes us doubt how much of home can be lived in a hotel room in another place, but aren’t some of us already missing our academic family members and dreaming of how to get back together with again next year in San Francisco? Virtually, we reviewers and readers return to a new home -- Across the Disciplines: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Language, Learning, and Academic Writing. We are proud to increase the size and power of our publishing efforts and think readers will evidence the good changes in this review. We boast more reviewers, better communication with presenters, better linkage to the NCTE CCCC home page, and we think we will be better linked to you.

Time. In five years will we remember key ideas from San Antonio clearly enough or would we mistakenly recall them from the 4C’s in New York? After all, the Iraq war raged through both conferences. Would we recall our need to discuss world interests and/or would we remember the academic horizons we dreamed together in San Antonio and feel them closer within our grasp? “Home is where the heart is”--for some our conference isn’t home or heart food or fun at all, and for some it’s professional nirvana, and for most it’s both…sometimes.

Our Point. It’s impossible for us to see our way past some of the logical contradictions pulling at our reviewing sleeves (despite best efforts to wear our own hearts there) but we are hoping our multiplicity and your generosity will make this review more effective than ever before. Whatever your conference experience, we believe this review is a way for us to dwell together a little bit longer. Let’s walk and talk the echoing halls of the CCCC and wander through ATD’s interactive review. As we remember and forget together, we hope you know that we truly appreciate and encourage your collaboration.

Will Hochman, Jonathan Alexander & Chris Dean

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