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CFP: NFEAP Summer Conference 2017

Norwegian Forum for English for Academic Purposes, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus), Norway, June 8-9, 2017

Website: https://nettskjema.uio.no/answer/77119.html

Proposal deadline: February 17, 2017

The theme for the 2017 conference is EAP and Positioning.  We welcome work that addresses the concept of positioning in relation to EAP theory and practice. This may include, for example, rhetorical and argumentative position, the positioning of a reader, political positions (explicit or covert), the relationship between voice and position, how the idea of positioning is effected by technology, and so forth. But it might also open questions of geographical position, and what EAP could mean in a particular place – a continent, a country, a city, a building, even. Indeed, there is no reason why these broad categories of position should be treated as separate (and if one bridges the gap between two ideas – is this bridge not also a position?). “Positioning”, in other words, can be understood broadly.


We invite proposals that explore positioning in connection with  EAP concepts; EAP training methods, principles, practices and research; needs analysis, syllabus and materials design, teaching strategies and methodological issues; group/interdisciplinary teaching; critical EAP; e-learning and technology; academic identities; academic literacies; any other relevant topics.

Call for Abstracts: Thesis and Dissertation writing in a second language: Context, identity and genre

Call for Abstracts

Special Issue of Journal of Second Language Writing

Guest Editors: Brian Paltridge and Sue Starfield

Thesis and Dissertation writing in a second language: Context, identity and genre

The Journal of Second Language Writing announces a call for abstracts for the 2018 special issue on thesis and dissertation writing in a second language. The sub-theme of the issue is context, identity and genre signalling that we are interested in studies that go beyond the text to examine texts within the contexts in which they are being produced, circulated, received and responded to. We are interested in studies of how multilingual writers in diverse contexts across the globe negotiate their identities in their thesis and dissertation writing, the kinds of relationships that support or hinder their writing and the ways in which their knowledge of the thesis genre develops over the time in which they write their texts. We are also interested in the ways in which doctoral writing is evolving in response to the diversity of contexts in which these texts are being written, the impact of new technologies on thesis and dissertation writing and writer identities and the diversity of voices being represented in these texts.

We welcome contributions that address one or more of the following themes:

·       Building genre knowledge in multilingual contexts;
·       Constructing and negotiating voice, identity, agency in doctoral writing in multilingual contexts;
·       Peer, mentoring and ‘brokering’ relationships in diverse contexts.
·       The impact of new technologies on thesis and dissertation writing.

Contributors will discuss empirical research and address conceptual/theoretical issues of relevance to the topic and are encouraged to draw on a range of methodologies that enable us to better understand the ways in which complex texts such as doctoral theses and dissertations are being written by multilingual writers in the contemporary moment. Abstracts that address themes others than those listed above will be considered where relevant.

Papers should discuss previously unpublished work that offers new insights into the complexities of thesis and dissertation writing and consider the implications of their work for writing pedagogy. In addition to full-length articles, we would be interested in briefer reports and summaries and issues papers that address key areas of concern in doctoral writing in diverse contexts. We are particularly keen to encourage submissions that bring a range of global perspectives to this topic and which broaden the field’s understandings of the challenges and risks facing both doctoral writers and teachers of doctoral writing. Based on review of the abstracts, authors will be invited to submit full length papers for possible inclusion in the special issue. 

Please send a 600-word abstract for a full-length article or a 300-word abstract for a briefer piece.  For all submissions, send copies of the abstract without author(s) names. On a separate sheet, include each author’s name, affiliation, mailing address, email address, telephone number and 50-word biographical statement.

The deadline for abstracts is 1 December 2016.  Please send abstracts and inquiries to Sue Starfield s.starfield@unsw.edu.au

Authors invited to submit full papers will be notified by 15 January 2017.
Full manuscripts will be due 31 July 2017.

For complete guidelines for manuscript preparation, please consult “Guide for Authors” available on the JSLW website at http://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-second-language-writing/.

Nominations for SLWIS TESOL Positions

There are three open leadership positions for Second Language Writing Interest Section TESOL:

  • Secretary
  • Steering committee member-at-large
  • Chair-elect

If you are a member of TESOL Second Language Writing Interest Section, consider nominating yourself. If you are nominating a colleague, please confirm with them. Send nominations directly to the Immediate Past Chair Silvia Pessoa <spessoa@cmu.edu> by Friday October October 21. When nominating, please include the position, candidate's name, affiliation, and 150 word bio/vision statement.

Descriptions of positions


  • Serve a two year term (2017, 2018)
  • Prepares the minutes of the Steering Committee and annual business.
  • Submits the minutes to the Chair. .
  • Prepares true copies of the Governing Rules, resolutions, and authorizations of expenditures (when applicable) for transmittal to appropriate persons or files.
  • Prepares for distribution a list of names, addresses, and professional positions of the officers, Section Council Representatives, Steering Committee members-at-large, and committees.
  • Assists the other officers and committees in carrying out their responsibilities and performs such additional duties as assigned by the chair.
  • Serves as a voting ex-officio member of the Steering Committee.

Member-at-Large (1 position)

  • Serve a three year term (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Attend Steering Committee meeting held Tuesday evening before open of convention
  • Determine policies for the operation of the SLW-IS, including but not limited to conducting long-range planning for the SLW-IS and developing projects and programs as are necessary to achieve the goals of TESOL and the SLW-IS.
  • Support the Chair and Chair-elect in efforts to obtain close liaison with other TESOL groups and other professional organizations having similar concerns.
  • Establish committees as required and give them specific direction and instructions.
  • Appoint the Managing Editor of the Second Language Writing IS newsletter, the Community Manager, and approve any other appointments by the Chair. When applicable, appoint one member from the Steering Committee to serve as a third delegate for the annual IS assembly meeting (if membership is adequate to warrant three representatives).


  • ·Serve a three year term
    • 2017 Chair -Elect
    • 2018 Chair
    • 2019 Immediate Past Chair
  • In the temporary absence of the chair, presides at all meetings of the SLW-IS and the Steering Committee.
  • Prepares, in cooperation with the Chair, SLW-IS's segment within the general TESOL convention program, including the academic session.
  • Generally assists the Chair in carrying out his/her responsibilities and performs other duties as assigned by the Chair.
  • Serves as a voting member of the Steering Committee.
  • Serves as a SLW-IS Delegate to the annual Interest Section Leadership Council.

Here is a link with useful information on serving as an interest section leader:


16th Symposium on Second Language Writing

The 16th Symposium on Second Language Writing, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, June 30 - July 2, 2017

Website: http://sslw.asu.edu/2017/

Annual Dartmouth Summer Seminar for Composition Research

Annual Dartmouth Summer Seminar for Composition Research, Hanover, NH, USA, July 30 - August 11, 2017

Website: http://writing-speech.dartmouth.edu/summer-seminar-2017

Application deadline: December 15, 2016

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