"Indaba" is an African word that means "a
deliberation of leaders in an African community"(Translated from
the HAT*). Within everyday South African language usage the word has
come to take on the meaning of a deliberation and/or discussion among
groups of people.
"A call to celebrate international writing centres"
For the first time, in 2006, International Writing Centers Week, an
initiative of the International Writing Centers Association, will be
celebrated in various ways in writing centres around the world. A
specific week is designated for the event.
The Western Cape Writing Centre Forum has responded to this call
from the IWCA and has decided to use the week as an opportunity to:
* increase awareness about the importance of academic writing
development on our individual campuses.
* market the services of the writing centres on their campuses at
the beginning of the academic year (the week coincides with the
beginning of the academic year)
* simultaneously raise the profile of our writing centres on our
* network with important and strategic role-players on campus to
strengthen our institutional positions (where necessary)
The 2006 Writing Centre Indaba
Purpose: Apart from the campaigns on the individual campuses there
will also be a collaborative event where writing centre practitioners
will have the opportunity to engage in writing centred topics. The
staging of this event is exploratory, and its success will determine the
continuation in the future.
2006 Hosts: Stellenbosch University Writing Lab Arrangement
Committee: Sharifa Daniels and Rose Richards Date: 16 February, 2006
Venue: Seminar Room, Language Centre, Crozier Street, Stellenbosch
Number of possible attendees: 22
* A one-day seminar/symposium with various
presentations/contributions by Writing Centre experts/practitioners
* The guest speaker/presenter: Prof Carel Jansen, University of
Costs: The Stellenbosch University Language Centre will cover all
costs for the seminar/symposium. This means that in future the host of
the Indaba will also be liable for funding the event. The host will not
be liable for the transport and boarding arrangements of delegates who
may travel from distant destinations. We could, however, make
suggestions about possible places to stay.
* HAT: Verklarende Handwoordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal
(Afrikaans explanatory dictionary)