Ethnographies of academic writing: research and pedagogy
May 16-17th, 2019
University of Zaragoza (Spain)
Aiming at a better understanding of research writing and academic literacy development in different L1 contexts, we invite contributions from scholars working in the fields of genre analysis, English for Academic Purposes, literacy studies and rhetoric and composition. We also welcome contributions from English for Academic Purposes and English for Research Publication Purposes instructors and course designers, as well as contributions from scholars working in the fields of language policy, language planning and language management in the context of academic and research communication. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, these:
- Qualitative inquiry methods in ethnographic research
- Use of mixed-methods in ethnographic research
- Qualitative methods for situated learning of scholarly writing
- Ethnographic approaches to bi-/multiliterate research communication
- Needs analysis methods and research writing
- Ethnographic studies in support of EAP instruction at a graduate level
- Ethnographic enquiry into advanced scholarly writing literacies
- Ethnographies for the study of academic and digital skills literacy
- Ethnographic approaches to scholarly publishing issues
- Ethnographic studies on the impact of language policy
Christine B. Feak (University of Michigan, US)
Guillaume Gentil (University of Carleton, Canada)
Theresa Lillis (The Open University, UK)
Rosa Manchón (University of Murcia, Spain)
Christine Tardy (The University of Arizona, US)
John Swales (University of Michigan, US)
General description of the topic of the conference
The conference invites contributions that address the use of ethnographically-oriented approaches to the study of research writing so as to understand writing practices and processes of literacy development in different L1 contexts. Although there already exists seminal theoretical work on ethnographic approaches to writing research (e.g. Barton and Hamilton 2000; Paltridge, 2008; Paltridge, Starfield and Tardy, 2016; Swales, 1998), empirically-based approaches to the use of ethnographic perspectives are much less represented in the literature than, e.g., quantitative, corpus-based and corpus-driven approaches. We are thus particularly interested in sharing scholarly views on the scope and validity of qualitative methods for describing and interpreting aspects of research writing. Discussion on the use of multidisciplinary analytical perspectives –e.g. genre analysis, English for Academic Purposes, socio-rhetoric and composition studies, linguistic ethnography, literacy studies and situated genre analysis, among others– is also welcome.
- Deadline for abstracts: January 20th, 2019
- Notification of acceptance: February 10th, 2019
- Early registration: No later than March 10th, 2019
- Deadline for standard registration: May 10th, 2019
- Ethnographies of writing Conference: May 16-17th, 2019
Please submit your abstract of no more than 300 words no later than January 20th, 2019 using this link. The standard length for presentations is 15 minutes for presentation, plus 5 minutes for discussion). You will be notified of the outcome of the review process by February 10th, 2019.
Registration and payment
- Early registration (before 10.03.2019): 190€
- Early registration + conference dinner (Thursday evening): 230€
- Standard registration (between 11.03.2019 and 10.05.2019): 240€
- Standard registration + conference dinner
(Thursday evening): 280€
- Only attendance: 80€
All the authors of accepted papers must pay the registration fee. Registration fees include: conference materials, certificate of attendance, refreshments and coffee breaks during the two days of the conference.
Details for bank account transfer (please note that only bank transfer payments are accepted):
Bank name: IBERCAJA
Account number: ES54 2085 0111 7103 3128 6179
Bank account holder: University of Zaragoza (tax identification number: Q-5018001-G)
Full address: c/ Pedro Cerbuna 12, 50009 Zaragoza, Spain
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The conference will be held at the Paraninfo building, Rectorate of the University of Zaragoza.
A selection of conference papers will be published in a volume and/or journal issue. More information will be announced during the conference.
The University of Zaragoza has agreements with several hotels in the city, which will offer a special price (breakfast included) to participants in the conference. See the whole list here. If you are interested in booking at one of these hotels at special university rates, please contact the university travel agency (Viajes Halcón: firstname.lastname@example.org).
How to get to Zaragoza
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Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and the European Social Fund (FFI2015-68638-MINECO/FEDER, EU)
- Carmen Pérez-Llantada (U of Zaragoza)
- Ignacio Vázquez (U of Zaragoza)
- Laura M. Muresan (Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies)
- Ana Bocanegra (U of Cádiz)
- M José Luzón (U of Zaragoza)
- Ignacio Guillén (U of Zaragoza)
- Concepción Orna (U of Zaragoza)
- Oana Carciu (U of Zaragoza)
- Miguel A. Benitez (U of Zaragoza)
- Diana Giner (U San Jorge, Zaragoza)
- Miguel A. Vela (U of Zaragoza)
- M Ángeles Velilla (U of Zaragoza)
- Rosana Villares (U of Zaragoza)
- Javier Aula (U of Zaragoza)
- Sofía Albero (U of Zaragoza)
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