Paul Kei Matsuda

Writing Research Across Borders II International Travel Fellowship

Writing Research Across Borders II International Travel Fellowship Conference Web Site:

George Mason University (in the Washington D.C./Northern Virginia area) February 17-20, 2011


The Writing Research Across Borders (WRAB) II conference aims to bring together writing researchers from across the globe to share their findings and to set new research agendas.  As in past years, this conference will focus on writing development across the lifespan, including the impact of new technologies on learning to write, early acquisition of writing, writing across grade levels (K-20), writing in the disciplines and professions, and writing in the workplace or other community and institutional settings.  We encourage work from diverse disciplinary, theoretical, and methodological perspectives which are grounded in empirical research.


To support the international nature of this conference, WRAB II will be offering a limited number of competitive fellowships to participants whose home institutions are located outside of the U.S.  Fellowships will be provide differing levels of support (from registration fees to travel reimbursement) based on need, merit, and available budget. 


To apply for a fellowship, a candidate should submit:


* a conference proposal (see attached guidelines)

* full contact information, including home institution

* a statement of no more than 500 words explaining the value of attendance, financial need, and other obstacles to attendance.


Please send to:


Applications will be reviewed by members of the conference planning and scientific committees.



Call for Proposals:  Writing Research Across Borders II


February 17-20, 2011

George Mason University

Washington D.C./Northern Virginia


Proposal Deadline May 3, 2010


As societies become more knowledge-intensive and communication technologies draw us more closely together, the importance of writing in economic, scientific, civic, personal, and social development becomes more apparent. Correspondingly, the imperative to conduct research on writing in schools and the workplace, in relationship to learning and development, and in all aspects of our lives has invigorated work among scholars in all regions of the world. The conference Writing Research across Borders II will provide an opportunity for researchers to share their findings and set research agendas for the coming years.


Continuing the success of the three previous international research conferences held at the University of California, Santa Barbara, the 2011 Writing Research Across Borders II will be held at George Mason University in the Washington D.C./Northern Virginia area. We invite proposals that will continue to deepen the cross-disciplinary, international dialogues across the many different domains of writing research.


As in past years, this conference will focus on writing development across the lifespan, including the impact of new technologies on learning to write, early acquisition of writing, writing across grade levels (K-20), writing in the disciplines and professions, and writing in the workplace or other community and institutional settings. We invite proposals presenting research in these areas. We also invite proposals on any other areas of writing use and practice, such as writing in progressive or large scale educational programs, or proposals that link writing research and policies. We welcome papers raising methodological issues about researching writing. We invite work from any research tradition that is grounded in the tradition’s previous research and pursues the methodical gathering of qualitative or quantitative data appropriate to its claims.


Proposals should identify the format preferred (panels, roundtables, individual presentations, and poster presentations). Individual or poster proposals should be a maximum of 500 words. Proposals with multiple presentations (panel and roundtable) should contain a short overview statement and then no more than 400 words per speaker. Proposals should specify the relevant research literatures, research questions, methods, data, and findings, as well as the scope and duration of the research projects.


The deadline for proposals is May 3, 2010. Please submit proposals in .doc or .rtf format by email attachment to Also, be sure to include a title for your proposal and each speaker’s individual talk, as well as contact information for each individual presenter.


Conference information is available at




Conference Co-chairs

Charles Bazerman

Paul Rogers


Conference Steering Committee

Christopher Dean

Karen Lunsford

Suzie Null

Amanda Stansell


Writing Research across Borders II Scientific Committee

Paula Carlino                       Argentina       University of Buenos Aires

Kate Chanock                     Australia        Latrobe

Luuk van Waas                    Belgium         University of Antwerp

Desiree Motta-Roth               Brazil            Universidade Federal de Santa Maria

Dilamar Araujo                     Brazil           Universidade Estadual do Ceará (UECE)

Angela Dionisio                    Brazil            UFP, Recife

Angela Kleimann                   Brazil           Unicamp-Sao Paulo

Céline Beaudet                     Canada         Université de Sherbrooke

Anthony Pare                       Canada          McGill University

Catherine Schryer                 Canada         University of Waterloo

Graham Smart                     Canada         Carleton University

Doreen Starke-Meyering         Canada         McGill University

Giovanni Parodi Sweis            Chile            Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

Chen Huijun                         China           China University of Geosciences

Blanca Yaneth Gonzalez Pinzon Colombia     Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Denis Alamargot                   France         University of Poitiers

Francoise Boch                     France         Université Stendhal

Michel Fayol                        France         University Blaise Pascal

Sylvie Plane                        France         IUMF de Paris

Vijay Bhatia                        Hong Kong    City University of Hong Kong

Pietro Boscolo                      Italy            University of Padua

Fatima Encinas                     Mexico         Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla

Nancy Susan Keranen             Mexico         Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla

Emilia Ferreiro                      Mexico         National Polytechnic Institute 

Gert Rijlaarsdam                   Netherlands   University of Amsterdam

Olga Dysthe                         Norway        University of Bergen

Sigmund Ongstad                  Norway        Oslo University College

Lilliana Tolchinsky                 Spain           University of Barcelona

Magnus Gustaffson                Sweden         Chalmers University of Technology

Åsa Wengelin                       Sweden         Lund University

Otto Kruse                           Switzerland    Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Daniel Perrin                        Switzerland    Zurich University of Applied Sciences

David Barton                        UK               Lancaster University

David Galbraith                     UK               University of Staffordshire

Ken Hyland                          UK               University of London

Roz Ivanic                            UK               Lancaster University

Gunther Kress                       UK               University of London

Greg Myers                           UK               Lancaster University

Brian Street                          UK               Kings College-London

Mark Torrance                       UK               University of Staffordshire

Chris Anson                         USA             North Carolina State

Arthur Applebee                    USA             SUNY Albany

Arnetha Ball                         USA              Stanford

Chuck Bazerman                   USA              University of California, Santa Barbara

Anne Beaufort                      USA              University of Washington, Tacoma

Virginia Berninger                  USA             University of Washington

Deborah Brandt                     USA             University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ralph Cintron                        USA             University of Illinois at Chicago

Ulla Connor                          USA              Indiana University-Purdue University

Christiane Donahue                USA              University of Maine, Farmington

Peter Elbow                          USA              University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Sarah Freedman                    USA              University of California, Berkeley

Steve Graham                       USA              Vanderbilt

Christina Haas                       USA              Kent State University

Richard Haswell                     USA              TAMU Corpus Christi

Dick Hayes                           USA              Carnegie-Mellon University

Doug Hesse                          USA              University of Denver

George Hillocks                     USA              University of Chicago

Tom Huckin                          USA              University of Utah

Ron Kellogg                          USA              St. Louis University

Gesa Kirsch                          USA              Bentley College

Paul LaMaheiu                       USA              University of California, Berkeley

Neal Learner                         USA              MIT

Andrea Lunsford                    USA               Stanford

Karen Lunsford                      USA                University of California, Santa Barbara

Skip MacArthur                      USA                University of Delaware

Paul Kei Matsuda                   USA               Arizona State University

Sandra Murphy                      USA               University of California, Davis

Cezar Ornatowski                   USA               San Diego State

Mike Palmquist                      USA               Colorado State University

Paul Prior                             USA               University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Anne Ruggles Gere                 USA               University of Michigan

David Russell                        USA               Iowa State University

Mary Schleppegrell                 USA               University of Michigan

Peter Smagorinsky                 USA               University of Georgia

Clay Spinuzzi                        USA               University of Texas, Austin

Chris Thaiss                          USA               University of California, Davis

Joanna Wolfe                        USA               University of Louisville

Terry Myers Zawacki               USA               George Mason University


Professor Charles Bazerman

Department of Education

Gevirtz Graduate School of Education

University of California, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA 93106

phone: 805-893-7543





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