It set a precedent for pre-CCCC (Conference on College Composition and Communication) discussions related to conference presentation formats, conference ethics, impact of technology on conferences (and teaching and research), and other issues of "delivery": delivery of research, teaching, and service; rhetorical delivery; "the audience delivers hypertext"; and delivering one's self to the academy.
The theme of the 1998 CCCC called for participants to "think of things unprecedented." LinguaMOO opened a forum that "breaks with precedent" in a number of ways. C-FEST first begins this break by calling for an open forum on the state of the profession -- that is, the profession of teaching writing -- namely, in terms of the job market and the unprecedented numbers of applicants for "unprecedented" types of jobs.
In part the goal of C-FEST is to draft and pass resolutions that may be offered as policy, to form networks, to find bridges between academic jobs and the private sector, to found clearinghouse resources for all kinds of employable positions, to address the problems of academic couples, and to better serve graduate students and the profession.
Logs for past C-Fest sessions are available on the following topics:
February 4, 1998
... facilitated by Cynthia Haynes.
February 12, 1998 ... facilitated by Nick Carbone & Eric Crump.
February 19, 1998 ... facilitated by Cynthia Haynes.
February 26, 1998 ... facilitated by Dene Grigar.
March 4, 1998 ... facilitated by Eric Crump.