ECU will host the national conference on computers and writing

GREENVILLE, NC – East Carolina University will host a national conference that provides networking opportunities and research-based presentations for scholars studying digital writing practices. Practicing Digital Activisms is the theme of this year’s national Computers and Writing conference. The event will take place May 19-21, 2022 at the Main Campus Student Center.

More than 200 attendees are expected to travel to Greenville to attend this conference in person and another 150 registered to attend virtually. Several ECU dormitories will serve as accommodation for the conference.

Organizers say ECU was chosen to host the national conference because of its strong doctoral program in rhetoric, writing and professional communication and its research faculty in computing and writing. The conference is held annually at universities across the country where local connections help create a solid experience for attendees. After having to cancel in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID, ECU is hosting the hybrid in-person and virtual event in Greenville.

In addition to workshops and research presentations, those traveling to Greenville, NC for the 3-day event can participate in alumni research networking hours, an awards banquet, and a evening in the downtown arts district. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Charlton McIlwain of NYU Steinhardt. McIlwain is a professor of media, culture, and communication and vice provost for faculty engagement and development at NYU. The author of several books, McIlwain’s work focuses on themes of computer technology, race, inequality, and racial justice activism.

This year’s conference is co-hosted by ECU’s English department, the university’s writing program and the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. ECU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education provided strategic planning, enrollment management and event planning services.

There are a limited number of in-person and virtual spots available. Register at

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