Resilience through Reconstruction

Lebanese American University (LAU)
Beirut, Lebanon
24-25 April 2019

Deadline for Submissions: 8 March 2019

Organised by the Middle East – North Africa Writing Center Alliance (MENAWCA) in collaboration with the Lebanese American University


MENAWCA’s 6th biennial conference is a platform for teachers, tutors, peer tutors, center directors, and other professionals supporting student writers in the MENA region, to share and explore theoretical and practical perspectives related to themes of resilience and reconstruction. We invite proposals that reflect the conference theme with specific reference to the MENA context. Questions to consider include:

  • How can writing centers and writing programs help students build writing-related knowledge to suit new writing contexts?
  • How can writing professionals work towards constructing writing support throughout an institution?
  • To what extent can MENA writing centers adapt theory and practices forged in predominantly English-speaking academic communities into their own multicultural and multilingual contexts? How can local or regional writing centers survive or maintain resilience with administrative constraints of different institutions and the existing linguistic variety among its student population? How could our practices redesign or reshape scholarship on writing centers?
  • Do MENA writing programs and centers prepare students adequately for the diversity of writing tasks they encounter in educational settings and beyond? To what extent should writing centers and writing programs re-imagine their objectives and practices in response to the growth of multi-modal composition?
  • Research strand: MENAWCA is committed to fostering writing-related research activity in the region and providing a forum for researchers to network and collaborate. Proposals for sessions reporting on research studies carried out at an undergraduate, postgraduate or professional level, specific to the MENA region, are strongly encouraged.

Session Formats

  1. Presentation: 1-2 presenters; 30 minutes including Q & A. This format can be lecture style, but presenters are encouraged to be interactive.
  2. Multi-presenter panel: 3 or more speakers; 45 minutes including Q & A. This format provides for structured discussion e.g. choreographed roundtables, intentionally sequenced panels, or point-counterpoint discussions.
  3. Workshop: 1 or more facilitators; 90 minutes. This format is intended as an instructional session that enables participants to attain specific practical knowledge, experience or skills.

Proposal Guidelines

  • Please submit proposals in the form of a session abstract (no longer than 200 words).
  • Be specific and clear about the focus and purpose of your session. No supplementary material will be accepted.
  • Proposals should respond directly to the conference theme (outlined above), foster constructive interaction and be of potential interest to a diverse group of conference attendees.

 Submitting Proposals

  • Proposal should be submitted online via this link.
  • You will be asked to submit a presenter bio description with your proposal (no longer than 50 words). Please ensure all information is accurate and up to date.
  • Submission deadline: March 8, 2019.
  • Presenters will be notified of acceptance by: March 15, 2019.
  • Selected presenters must accept invitations and register for the conference by: March 30, 2019.



  1. All presenters will undergo security vetting prior to the conference. The conference organizers will contact presenters regarding this vetting process upon acceptance of a proposal.
  2. All presenters and participants are responsible for obtaining their own visas. This responsibility does not lie with either MENAWCA or LAU.