Join us for a dissertation workshop with
PhD candidate in English and Education
Who is the Writer in the Center?:
Identity, Difference, and Safety Work in Writing Center Consultation
Wednesday, April 12, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Angell Hall 3154
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A copy of the chapter will be e-mailed to attendees. Light refreshments will be served!
I discuss how consultants’ recognition of identity markers in sessions may compel them to relate in particular ways to the writers with whom they work—as “experts” rather than “peers,” or as vital “helpers” for those who are less-independent. Often, consultants’ approaches in sessions appear to be connected to their recognition of difference or points-of-affiliation between themselves and the writer. When consultants mark difference, for example, there is a tendency do so through what I call “safety work”or through attempts to minimize a writer’s discomfort in a session and draw attention away from perceived dissimilarities between the writer and consultant.
We hope to see you there!