2nd Conference on Writing Education across Borders

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China
May 21-22, 2016


Writing studies in the US and around the world is experiencing a paradigm shift as it recognizes the global connectivity of English education and multiplicity of language practices. For example, the ways that language policies, pedagogies, and teaching materials are developed in European-American countries have deeply influenced, and sometimes handicapped, how other nations view and teach English and their local languages. At the same time, other nations have developed their own values, perspectives, and approaches in teaching writing. This shift towards a more global perspective is part of an ethical and democratic imperative that should further include teachers in different nations in conversations and decisions about language policy, pedagogy, and practice.

After successfully holding the conference at The Pennsylvania State University four years ago, we would like to call for another meeting, this time at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in Guangzhou, China. Focusing on the teaching of rhetoric and writing in a global context, this conference welcomes individual papers that address the following emergent issues: How do we locate the field of writing studies amidst the global connectivity of English education? What are the characteristics of writing within and across borders? How do teachers and students negotiate these characteristics in and outside the classroom and how does their negotiation in turn tell us about the challenges and impediments confronting us? How does this kind of work connect to and/or further enhance work on hybridity in postcolonial studies, comparative literature, and digital humanities? What linguistic, rhetorical, and cultural values should we teach our students in transnational contexts? What research and pedagogical projects will help break down barriers and create opportunities to address standards, values, and practices in writing? How can we use this opportunity to promote a more inclusive view of writing that enables our students to draw upon their own linguistic and rhetorical resources and that reflects and further promotes the global nature of writing education?


Invited speakers

Suresh Canagarajah, Pennsylvania State University
Christiane Donahue, Dartmouth College
Andy Kirkpatrick, Griffith University
Icy Lee, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Yongyan Li, University of Hong Kong
Yichun Liu, National Chengchi University
Shyam Sharma, New York State University, Stony Brook
Anne Surma, Monash University
Miyuki Sasaki, Nagoya City University
Shizhou Yang, Yunnan Minzu University
Shulin Yu, University of Macau
Xiaoye You, Pennsylvania State University

Proposal Submission

Please submit proposals (250 words) along with your name, paper title, institutional affiliation, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address via e-mail attachment to cweb2016@163.com. Proposals are due on April 15, 2016. You will receive e-mail notification regarding proposal acceptance in early May. Details of the conference can be found at http://www.l2china.com/writing2016/.

Important note: Overseas participants whose proposals are accepted should register for the conference by April 30th.