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The 2014 International Writing Studies Colloquium

Registration is now open for The 2014 International Writing Studies Colloquium

Malmö University, Sweden

November 6, 2014

The 2014 Writing Studies Colloquium: Sharing Research and Pedagogies aims to bring forth international experiences of research on writing and teaching of writing in higher education settings. Both researchers and instructors are welcome to share their experiences of different theories and pedagogical practices. The colloquium also intends to explore and develop ways of working together with education technologies. This includes exploring the possibilities of researching writing through Big Data and corpus methodologies.


The colloquium aims to find pragmatic solutions to common problems currently encountered in writing instruction. Importantly, the colloquium provides an opportunity to form productive and sustainable networks to facilitate future collaborative international research and pedagogical projects.


Colloquium: 2015 Digital Writing Tools for Global Citizens

Colloquium: 2015 Digital Writing Tools for Global Citizens

University of South Florida, Tampa

January 16, 2015

This colloquium explores and celebrates the impacts that digital writing tools have on the act, study, teaching, and assessment of writing. We are especially curious to evaluate ways digital tools globalize writing pedagogy, research, practice, and literacies.  As we look across programs, universities, and continents, we wonder how we can leverage the big data that is aggregated by some digital tools to measure the development and transfer of cognitive, intrapersonal, and interpersonal competencies.

The program is available here.

CFP: College English Association Conference

College English Association Conference, March 26-28, 2015

Website: http://cea-web.org/

Proposal deadline: November 1, 2014

CFP: Special Issue of Composition Studies

Composition Studies has issued a CFP for a special issue called "Composition’s Global Turn: Writing Instruction in Multilingual/Translingual and Transnational Contexts.”


This special issue invites research articles, narratives, reflective essays, and course designs that provide perspectives on translingualism, transnationalism, and the internationalization of composition. The guest-editors are especially interested in articles that focus on teaching and administrative practices. Proposals are welcome on (but not limited to) the following topics:


Pedagogies and practices in transnational approaches to college writing instruction and/or administration at any university.Implications of critical contrastive rhetoric or comparative rhetoric on writing instruction and/or administration.Histories of ESL, EFL, and second-language writing worldwide, as well as historical and archival methods specific to researching issues of linguistic diversity.Technology’s influence on the evolution of English(es), the internationalization of college composition, or English language instruction.World English(es), code-switching/mixing, language contact, or language change—with an emphasis on their implications for teaching writing.Position statements, textbooks, or other documents relevant to linguistic diversity, as well as institutional, professional, civic, or cultural organizations involved in the education of linguistically diverse populations.Language policies and planning in any country, with an emphasis on their impact on college writing instruction.


Please send 250-500 word proposals to guest editors Brian Ray (rayb2@unk.edu) or Connie Kendall Theado (kendalce@ucmail.uc.edu) by January 15, 2015.


Tentative Timeline for this issue:

Mid-February 2015: Notify contributors of acceptances

June 15, 2015: First drafts due

Mid-August 2015: Editors provide comments and revision requests

October 15, 2015: Revisions due

November 15, 2015: Final comments by editors

February 1, 2016: Final versions due

25th Annual ATEG Conference

25th Annual ATEG Conference, University of Coloardo at Colorado Springs, September 5-6, 2014

Website: http://www.ateg.org/conferences/c25.php


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