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Calls: Discourse Analysis, Sociolinguistics/USA
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1. Suresh Canagarajah ,
22nd Penn State Conference on Rhetoric and Composition
Message 1: 22nd Penn State Conference on Rhetoric and Composition
From: Suresh Canagarajah <asc16psu.edu>
Subject: 22nd Penn State Conference on Rhetoric and Composition
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Full Title: 22nd Penn State Conference on Rhetoric and Composition
Date: 10-Jul-2011 - 12-Jul-2011
Location: State College, PA, USA
Contact Person: Suresh Canagarajah
Meeting Email: rhetoric2011mail.outreach.psu.edu
Web Site: http://www.outreach.psu.edu/programs/rhetoric/
Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics
Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2011
Developments in globalization, new media literacies, and postcolonial
perspectives have called attention to the transnational flow of people and
texts and to the hybridity of language itself. These developments have
made scholars in rhetoric and composition aware of the monolingual
assumptions informing their disciplinary discourses and pedagogical
practices. With scholars considering such issues, there are calls now to
understand the cross-language relations of writers and writing in an effort to
reconfigure the discourses and practices of our discipline.
In light of these disciplinary trends, the 22nd Penn State Conference on
Rhetoric and Composition will focus on defining a multilingual rhetoric and
writing practice. Featured speakers include leading scholars who address
multilingualism in their research and scholarship. We invite you to share
your reflections and research on this theme.
Sponsored by the College of the Liberal Arts, the conference will take place
at the historic Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State's University Park campus.
Scholars in rhetoric and composition have increasingly recognized that
communication today involves an engagement with multiple languages and
literacies. This realization has been motivated by developments in
globalization, new media technology, and postcolonial perspectives, all
trends in the field that have called attention to the transnational flow of
people and texts and to the hybridity of language itself. Practitioners now
acknowledge that developing proficiency solely in Standardized Written
English is inadequate for contemporary communicative needs. Further,
practitioners also realize that judging the competencies of second language
writers and rhetors according to native English speaker norms fails to do
justice to the rich resources multilinguals bring to communication.
The ability to address these emergent needs is hampered by the
monolingual assumptions informing our disciplinary discourses and
pedagogical practices. Such assumptions have included the following: that
writers acquire rhetorical competence one language at a time; that
rhetorical proficiency is made up of separate competencies for separate
languages; that texts are informed by rhetorical values unique to the
different languages in which they are constructed; and that only one
rhetorical tradition provides coherence for a text at a given time. In light of
such trends, scholars in rhetoric and composition now call for the study of
the cross-language relations of writers and writing in order to reconfigure
the discourses and practices of our discipline.
To pursue this mission, conference participants are invited to address the
- What are the unique strategies multilingual speakers bring to rhetoric and
- How can text be conceptualized differently in order to accommodate hybrid
codes and conventions?
-How do we conceive of rhetorical and written competence if contact
between languages is the norm in today's society?
-What rhetorical resources help one communicate across language
-What are the new genres evolving in the linguistic contact zones?
-What pedagogical strategies facilitate productive engagement with
-How should our assessment rubrics, rhetorical norms, and writing
standards be revised to accommodate language diversity?
-What curriculum and policy changes may help schools and universities
make spaces for the rhetorical resources multilingual students bring to
The program committee invites proposals for papers focusing on the
questions above and on any subject that provides fresh perspectives on
multilingualism in rhetoric and composition. As was the case in previous
conferences, the papers presented in the conference will be considered for
inclusion in a book to be published on this subject.
Submit carefully written abstracts (250 words) that include your name,
paper title, professional affiliation, institution name, mailing address, phone
number, and e-mail address via e-mail attachment to
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