Call for Proposals: _Cultivating Spheres: Agriculture, Technical Communication, and the Publics_

Subject: Call for Proposals: _Cultivating Spheres: Agriculture, Technical Communication, and the Publics_
From: "A. Lamberti" <adrienne -dot- lamberti -at- uni -dot- edu>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2016 01:00:53 -0500

Call for Proposals: _Cultivating Spheres: Agriculture, Technical
Communication, and the Publics_

Full name / name of organization:
Adrienne Lamberti / University of Northern Iowa
Lee Tesdell / Minnesota State University, Mankato

Deadline for proposals: December 1, 2016

Editors Adrienne Lamberti and Lee Tesdell solicit new contributions for a
collection that explores the question, "Where is technical communication
currently living within public spheres, specifically regarding agricultural
issues that invoke both the digital humanities and social sciences?"
Proposed chapters may address this question via one of the following

The interdisciplinary nature of the collection will focus on topics
emerging from contemporary collaborations among digital humanities and
social science disciplinesâin particular, how best practices in technical
communication shape and direct the look of these topics they are debated in
public spheres.

Potential specific questions intended for the book include but are not
limited to
â What is the role of data and scientific research in decision making by
landowners and farmers on the subject of conservation practices?
â Who influences decision making on the farm, extension agents and their
research reports, advocacy organizations such as Farm Bureau, NFU, and ISA
and ICG or neighbors and local agronomists at farmers' cooperatives?
â What is the power relationship among the following: big ag that supply
inputs and purchases grain and livestock, landowners, farmers'
cooperatives, federal and state agencies such as the FSA, and farmers?
â What is the prognosis for water quality and soil health over the next
century around the world given current agronomic practices?
â What is the current data on our bifurcated ag scene: conventional and
small-scale local producers as far as market share, types of products, and
prediction for future trends?
â Can the world's food producers satisfy the needs of the world's
population into the future (is it a food distribution problem or a food
production problem)?
â What agronomic future are acceptance of and resistance to GMO seeds
leading us to?

All proposals should reflect an understanding of previous discussions in
the literature on the chosen topic (a literature review) and include a
250-word abstract. Chapters published in the collection will range from
approximately 2500 to 7500 words in length.

Timeline: We will select contributions by mid-January 2017 with the
intention of collecting completed contribution drafts by March 2017.

Contact: For more information, please contact Adrienne Lamberti (
lamberti -at- uni -dot- edu).
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