2014 International Writing Studies Colloquium, Malmö, Sweden

2014 International Writing Studies Colloquium: Sharing Research and Pedagogies
Date: November 6-7, 2014
Place: Malmö University, Sweden
Organisers: Malmö University and the University of South Florida

The Writing Unit at Malmö University and the Rhetoric and Composition Program at the University of South Florida together host the 2014 International Writing Studies Colloquium this November in Malmö, Sweden.

This colloquium aims to

  • Create an opportunity to bring forth international experiences of teaching academic writing;
  • Create an opportunity for both researchers and instructors to share their experiences of North American and/or European EFL theories and practices of teaching academic writing;
  • Generate insights into these theories and practices;
  • Explore and develop ways of working together with education technologies;
  • Explore the possibilities of researching writing through Big Data and corpus methodology;
  • Find solutions to common problems within writing instruction;
  • Form viable networks to facilitate future collaborative international research and pedagogical projects.

Of specific interest are the following questions:

  • What important similarities and differences exist between North American and European EFL theories and teaching practices in academic writing?
  • What elements of North American writing pedagogy could or should be imported to European audiences and vice-versa?
  • What are the central social, cultural, and institutional differences that affect the teaching of writing at university level?
  • How are educational technologies transforming both learning communities and research methods?

The colloquium is based around a number of sessions with common themes where the participants can present their research and narratives in the form of papers or posters. In particular, we are looking for contributions within the following area clusters:

  • Narratives of people’s experiences of teaching a particular approach(es) to teaching academic writing;
  • E-tools, digital technology, blended learning environments;
  • Collaborative writing, peer reviewing, and instructor feedback: pedagogical development and assessment practices;
  • L2 learners: what should we focus on in writing instruction?
  • New methods of making student writing accessible to research: Big Data, corpora, other digital tools.
  • Presentation/Poster Guidelines
  • Presentations should be 20 minutes long followed by 20-minute discussions; the poster session will be scheduled in conjunction to one of the colloquium events.

Paper and poster abstracts: 450 words, excluding the references, to be submitted to:

Submission deadline: 1 August 2014. Notification of acceptance: 1 September 2014.

Organising committee
Assistant Professor Damian Finnegan, Malmö University, damian.finnegan (at) mah.se
Associate Professor Asko Kauppinen, Malmö University, asko.kauppinen (at) mah.se
Associate Professor Anna Wärnsby, Malmö University, anna.warnsby (at) mah.se

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