My challenge: to supply metaphoric themes for future conferences. The more outrageous, the better.
About the Submissions
First, a word about the submissions. I suggested that people submit themes via Twitter, blog comment, or FriendFeed comment. I received
- 22 entries via Twitter public stream
- 1 entry from a locked Twitter stream
- 1 Twitter direct message
- 1 blog comment
- 0 comments on FriendFeed
The contest post on the blog got a total of 65 hits, 54 of which were unique. Unfortunately I can't tell how many came from FriendFeed vs. Twitter, but I notice a general surge in traffic to my blog from both.
In no particular order, here are the entries:
- Samantha Blackmon: dang, I thought spinuzzi was the theme for the next conference! (Okay, I am not sure this was meant to be an entry, but I like the idea. CS)
- George H. Williams: CCCC2012 (St. Louis, MO): What's the matter with Missouri?
- George H. Williams: CCCC2012 (St. Louis, MO): What's that smell?
- George H. Williams: CCCC 2011 (Atlanta, GA): Writing as Kudzu +
- Bill Hart-Davidson: CCCC San Franscisco 2008: Championing Gay* Writes! (*Gay 1. adj. Happy, joyous) !
- Collin Brooke: CCCC 2012 (StL): MIssouri Loves Company
- Lee Sherlock: late entry #2 - CCCC: Composition or Compost? Recycling the Waste of Writing.
- Lee Sherlock: late entry into the theming contest - CCCC 2100: Writing in a Post-Apocalyptic Age.
- George H. Williams: CCCC 2010 (Louisville, KY) Writing/Reading/Race(ing) the Derby
- James Ford: San Francisco 2008: Battling the Front Lines of Mini-Meta-Metaphors While Peering into the Looking Glass of Hope and Change
- Collin Brooke: CCCC 20XX: Eponymic Neology (Every presenter must use their last name as a verb in paper title)
- Collin Brooke: CCCC 20XX: [Insert Theme Here]
- Lanette Cadle: CCCC--Textual Carnies: Knowing when to shout, "Hey rube!"
- Douglas Eyman: CCCC - The Completely Arbitrary and Idiosyncratic Theme Theme
- J. James Bono: "CCCC 200X: Writing Themes" (had to be done.)
- Collin Brooke: CCCC 20XX: The Audacity of Scope
- Collin Brooke: CCCC 20XX: Gone Engfishin'
- James J. Brown Jr: CCCC 2009: The Write Stuff
- Lanette Cadle: For the next 4Cs in Louisville: Decomposing the Center. Oh, I sense horses and compost metaphors for that.
- Billie Hara: "gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooaaaalll"
- Julie Platt: CCCC 2008: No Country for Bad Comp
- Andrew Mara: St. Louis 2012: A Rising River Floats Your Boat
- Alice Robison: CCCC 20XX: Growing Writing During Wartime: A Coalition of the Tilling
- Alice Robison: CCCC 20XX: Wiki! How? Developing Foundations for Metaphorical Constructions
- Bill Hart-Davidson: CCCC 2008 San Francisco: The Hills Are Alive with the Sounds of Writing
Really, all of these were strong contenders.
- Bill Hart-Davidson: CCCC 2008 San Francisco: The Hills Are Alive with the Sounds of Writing. Bill's entry evoked the Austrian countryside, and I imagined the loud scribbling of thousands of scholars. Like locusts, only less productive.
- Alice Robison: CCCC 20XX: Growing Writing During Wartime: A Coalition of the Tilling. Alice's was appropriately contorted in order to lead to the pun, plus I detect a Talking Heads reference. I really liked this one.
- Julie Platt: CCCC 2008: No Country for Bad Comp. Julie's entry is current, but not too current, and I can imagine the many presentation titles that would be yielded by the "country" metaphor.
- Lanette Cadle: CCCC--Textual Carnies: Knowing when to shout, "Hey rube!" Lanette's pun on the title of Textual Carnivals is a great inside joke, and of course it keeps alive the sneaking feeling that we composition teachers aren't really doing any good. (For non-comp people, this sneaking feeling is FALSE.)
- Collin Brooke: CCCC 2012 (StL): MIssouri Loves Company. Not technically a metaphor, but I am a sucker for a good pun. Short, to the point, sums up the feeling of a Saturday late morning session when there are more presenters than audience members.
The winner -- who will receive a certificate fit for framing, plus a bottle of beer or 'chup, is:
- James Ford: San Francisco 2008: Battling the Front Lines of Mini-Meta-Metaphors While Peering into the Looking Glass of Hope and Change.
Well done, James. Well done.