ACADEMIC LITERACIES SYMPOSIUM:
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Academic Literacies across Educational Contexts
February 27th and 28th, 2010
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Sponsored by Composition and TESOL Program
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The Interdisciplinary Approaches to Academic Literacies Symposium aims to expand current
understandings of academic literacies of diverse student populations. The conference will be on
February 27 and 28, 2010, at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. You are invited to submit proposals
by October 15, 2009. Multiple submissions are allowed. Proposals can include, but are not limited to
the following research areas:
Academic Literacy Technology and Academic Literacy
Literacy Socialization Multimodal literacy practices
Second Language Writing and Reading Plagiarism and/or Textual Ownership
Academic, and Scientific Discourses Writing Centers
Intercultural Rhetoric Assessment and Feedback
Aimed at expanding our understanding of academic literacies across educational contexts, one of the
missions of this conference is to provide a space for graduate students and faculty members to share
research, expand dialogs on the pedagogy and investigation of academic literacies. More specifically,
this conference aims to expand the dialog on the critical investigations of academic literacy and the
intersection of literacy studies and learning theories. We seek interdisciplinary scholarship on academic
literacies across various educational contexts. We also welcome proposals about the methodological
challenges and ethical dilemmas researchers experience as they conduct research on academic literacies.
SURESH CANAGARAJAH: Suresh Canagarajah is a Krigby Professor of English and the director of
Migration Studies Project at Penn State University. He has a joint appointment in the departments of
English and Applied Linguistics. Suresh has written extensively on globalization, the sociopolitical
aspects of English Language teaching and the academic needs of multilingual students. His book
Resisting Linguistic Imperialism in English Teaching won Modern Language Association’s Mina
Shaughnessy Award for the best research publication on the teaching of language and literacy. His
subsequent publication Geopolitics of Academic Writing won the Gary Olson Award for the best book in
social and rhetorical theory. Suresh has been serving as the editor of the TESOL Quarterly since 2005.
ALAN HIRVELA: Alan Hirvela is an Associate Professor in the Foreign and Second Language
Education department at the Ohio State University. He has written extensively in the field of Second
Language Literacy. He is known with his oft-cited books Connecting Reading and Writing in Second
Language Writing Instruction and Linking Literacies: Perspectives on L2 Reading-Writing Connections.
Alan has recently co-edited Oral-Literate Connection. Perspectives on L2 Speaking, Writing, and Other
Media Interactions with Diane Belcher. He spent 10 years in editorial positions with the journal English
for Specific Purposes. In 2010, Alan will begin serving, with Diane Belcher, as co-editor of the
journal TESOL Quarterly.
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Proposals should be no more than three single spaced pages (maximum 1500 words) and should include
the following sections: The research question(s), theoretical framework, methodology, findings and/or
issues for further discussion, and the projected contributions to scholarship on Academic Literacies.
TYPES OF PRESENTATIONS: DEADLINES:
Papers All proposals must be submitted by October 15, 2009.
Posters Notification of Acceptance will be sent by Nov. 5, 2009.
Roundtable Conversation Completed manuscripts are due February 15, 2010.
Graduate Research Please complete the Proposal Submission form and
send your proposals to Dr. Lisya Seloni at
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