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

NJES New issue

The new issue of the Nordic Journal of English Studies is available now with articles on topics in contemporary English in Swedish translation, Old and Middle English and Asian varieties of English.

The Nordic Journal of English Studies (NJES) is associated with the Nordic Association of English Studies and is published two to three times a year. NJES publishes articles on the English language and literatures in English. It welcomes special issues on different themes of topical interest. The journal has a review section where we draw special attention to works published in the Nordic countries. The journal is peer-reviewed and listed in the MLA, EBSCO, Elsevier, Cengage and ERIH databases. ISSN: 1654-6970.


New MA ‘Language and Society’

Language and Society is unique new MA course offered by Malmö Högskola. It combines advanced study of language and its functions with an opportunity to use the tools from linguistics to learn more about fundamental issues such as the interaction between society, culture, and personal identity. Students learn to use the latest theories about language to investigate how human’s fundamental communicative tool (language) shapes not only our understanding of the world, but our interaction with it. Download the information here or visit the course site.

Doctoral courses in Literature 2014

The following PhD courses for candidates in English literature are planned for 2014. Professor Heidi Hanson (Umeå) is co-ordinating courses in Literature.

In March 2014 participants are invited to Uppsala University for a two day intensive seminar on methods in literary studies (3 HP). The focus for the seminar is ‘Material Methods’. Information from Danuta Fjellestad, Engelska institutionen.

In September 2014 (week 22) participants are invited to Lund University for an intensive lecture and seminar week focussing on the long Eighteenth century (7,5 HP).

In December 2014 participants are invited to Karlstad University for an intensive three-day lecture/seminar course in Renaissance Literature. Information from Åke Bergvall.

A further course is to be arranged at Stockholm University on 20th-century World Literature in English/20th-century Literatures in English; information to follow.

Reminder NAES papers deadline

This is a reminder of the deadline for submitting papers from the 12th Nordic Conference for English Studies, hosted by Robert Appelbaum, Uppsala University, Oct 2013.

Papers should be about 5000 words in length (maximum 7000), with full annotation, ready to be peer-reviewed.  The deadline is March 31, 2014.

Please send two electronic copies, one to Robert Appelbaum for Studia Neophilologica and one to Irene Gilsenan Nordin for the Nordic Journal of English Studies.

We look forward to receiving your papers.

Kind regards, Irene Gilsenan Nordin & Robert Appelbaum