Paul Kei Matsuda

Graduate Research Fellowship

Zuzana Tomas, one of the doctoral students in the graduate seminar on Second Language Writing Research I'm teaching at the University of Utah, has received a Graduate Research Fellowship.

Congratulations, Zuzana!

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4th International Writing Research Conference - Feb 17-20, 2011

The 2011 International Conference on Writing Research:
Writing Research Across Borders II

to be held at George Mason University | Washington D.C./Northern Virginia

• We aim to deepen cross-disciplinary dialogues across the many
different domains of writing research and to provide a dynamic forum
for sharing the many perspectives that contribute to the knowledge of
all those interested in writing.

• This conference continues the successful work of the
international, interdisciplinary Santa Barbara Conferences on Writing
Research in 2002, 2005, and 2008.

• As in past years, this conference will focus on writing
development across the lifespan, including the early acquisition of
writing, writing across grade levels (K-20), in the disciplines, as
well as in the workplace and other community and institutional settings.

• Further information is available online at: *coming soon*

• Contact the organizing committee at

**Later this spring, watch for our full announcement and call for proposals.**

Karen Lunsford, Assistant Professor of Writing
Mailing address:
Writing Program, South Hall 1520
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3010

CFP: Multilingual and Multimodal Composing

Call for Papers


Re-Mixing and Mashing: Multilingual and Multimodal Composing

Steven Fraiberg and Xiaoye You are seeking contributors to an edited collection, Re-Mixing and Mashing: Multilingual and Multimodal Composing. In the area of literacy and language studies, scholars have called for crossing geographic and disciplinary borders in order to understand the ways English is being taken up, resisted, and transformed in relation to other languages and globalization. Responding to these calls, this edited collection aims to develop a rich understanding of multilingual composing processes across a range of contexts—classrooms, communities, workplaces, institutions, home environments—and the ways these practices are deeply linked to fluid and dynamic flows of capital, cultures, histories, and ideologies resulting in hybrid identities and novel forms of discursive practices. Drawing on work in multiliteracies, we further aim to extend the scope of multilingual research by developing rich descriptions of the ways that multimodal activities are deeply blended into speaking, reading, writing practices co-constituting complex ecologies distributed across space and time. It is the assumption of this collection that such fine grained descriptions of multimodal-multilingual literacy practices are critical for developing broader methodological and theoretical frameworks related to teaching, language policy, and research. To this end, we seek interdisciplinary scholarship on multilingual and multimodal literacy practices across a wide range of disciplines, including composition, literacy studies, ESL, new media, World Englishes, linguistic anthropology, rhetoric, technical communication, organizational behavior, applied linguistics, critical discourse analysis, computer mediated communication, education, and a range of other relevant disciplines.

We seek proposals that challenge and inform our work with or on multilingual and multimodal literacy practices, considering such questions as:

·        How do writers construct multilingual and multimodal texts and objects (web pages, chats, graffiti, speeches, student papers, brochures, business proposals, presentations, laundry lists)? We seek rich descriptions of multilingual and multimodal literacy practices across a range of contexts—classrooms, communities, workplaces, home environments—with links to constellations of institutional, ideological, cultural, historical, and global factors.

·        How is multilingual-multimodal writing embedded in a complex ecology of texts, tools, people, institutions, histories, cultures, ideologies?

·        How do multilingual and multimodal practices—in conjunction with written texts, objects, talk, design, gesture, physical positioning and alignment—coordinate activities? How are these activities intertwined with broader sociocultural contexts? 

·        How can an understanding of unofficial multilingual and multimodal literacy practices such as social networking, web page design, digital story telling, and graffiti inform our officially sanctioned practices in our research, teaching, and policy making?

·        What theoretical and methodological frameworks should we use for researching multilingual and multimodal texts and composing?

·        What are the challenges that researchers face in multilingual and multimodal research, teaching, and policy making? What benefits and insights from attending to these issues can be gained? 

We welcome 1-2 page (300-600 word) proposals for research-focused papers that explore the complexities and issues of multilingual and multimodal composing processes and texts across classrooms, workplaces, and community contexts.

Deadline for Proposals: September 1, 2009.  Send electronically (prefer MS Word) to Steven Fraiberg at

Notification of Acceptance: October 1, 2009 - - - Manuscripts Due: February 1, 2010 - - - Projected Publication: Spring 2011.



Please direct all queries to the editors.


CFP: Symposium on Second Language Writing 2009

Symposium on Second Language Writing 2009
November 5-7, 2009
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

Theme: The Future of Second Language Writing

The 2009 Symposium Organizing Committee seeks proposals for 20-minute presentations that address various topics within the field of second language writing--broadly defined. Any topic related to second language writing is welcome, but we particularly welcome proposals that seek to challenge the status quo in the field by introducing new topics as well as theoretical and methodological approaches.

As always, we are interested in L2 writing issues in any second or foreign language and at various levels of education--from emerging literacy and adult literacy to L2 writing across the disciplines and in the professions. We also encourage proposals that connect L2 writing with other related areas of inquiry, such as computer assisted instruction, computers and composition, corpus analysis, language testing, rhetoric, writing program administration and world Englishes. We welcome proposals from around the world.

Although there will not be a separate graduate student conference this year, graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals. After all, future of the field of second language writing depends on today's graduate students.

To submit your proposal, please use the online proposal submission form.

Proposals must be received by April 30, 2009 (Arizona Time/MST).

We look forward to receiving your proposal!

Paul Kei Matsuda and Tony Silva, Chairs
Symposium on Second Language Writing

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Last update: January 6, 2008