Paul Kei Matsuda

CFP: 6th Conference on Intercultural Rhetoric and Discourse

Call for Abstracts

6th Conference on Intercultural Rhetoric and Discourse
Theme: Critical Discourse Analysis and Corpus-based Approaches to Research on Intercultural Rhetoric

Friday, June 11 & Saturday, June 12, 2010
Georgia State University
Sponsored by the Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL and
The Georgia State University Research Foundation

Plenary Speakers
Suresh Canagarajah, Pennsylvania State University
Ulla Connor, Indiana University‐Purdue University Indianapolis
Eric Friginal, Georgia State University
Guillaume Gentil, Carleton University

Individual papers and colloquium proposals are invited on topics including (but not limited to):

* Theoretical and empirical investigations
* Language- and culture-specific studies
* Practical applications
* Teaching and classroom practices
* Writing in school, college, and the professions

Deadline for submissions: February 28, 2010

Papers should be 20 minutes long with an additional 10 minutes for discussion. Submit an abstract of no more than 250 words and a summary of no more than 50 words, included in the body of an email. In addition, please include your name, address, institutional affiliation, phone and fax numbers, and email address.
Colloquia should be approximately 75 minutes in length with 15 minutes for questions. The 250-word abstract should state the theme and indicate contributions of each participant. Also include a 50-word summary and list of participants. In addition, please include your name, address, institutional affiliation, phone and fax numbers, and email address.

Send submissions and general correspondence to:

For further information, as available, please visit:‾wwwesl/alesl/conference/overview.html

Alternately, for more information, please contact: Diane Belcher, 404-413-5194, or Gayle Nelson, 404-413-5190,


Symposium Update

The 2009 Symposium, held at Arizona State University on November 5-7, 2007, was a great success. It brought together about 400 participants representing 21 different countries, including: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Greece, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mexico, Poland, China, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.


Photos from this year's Symposium are available at:


The 2010 Symposium will be held on May 20-22, 2010, at Universidad de Murcia, Spain. The proposal deadline is December 15, 2009. For details, please visit:


I hope to see many of you in Spain!


Paul Kei Matsuda, Co-Founding Chair

Symposium on Second Language Writing |


APL Speaker Series, Dr. Paul Kei Matsuda, Friday 11/13

The Applied Linguistics Speakers Series Announces:


Dr. Paul Kei Matsuda


Studying Voice in Written Discourse:

An Applied Linguistic Approach


The notion of voice, which captures the sense of the author identity in written discourse, has been popular in literacy education and writing studies.  In recent years, however, this notion has been hotly contested for a number of reasons. First, it has long been in need of a definition that makes it possible to research and teach the concept. Second, it has been challenged for its strong association with Western individualism. Some researchers have also questioned the value of the notion in academic contexts, which is often considered to be devoid of the individual. In this talk, I will present a series of studies that were designed to address these issues. The first study proposes a definition of voice that accounts for both individual and social aspects of identity, analyzes a Japanese online diary to show that voice is not unique to Western societies, and to identify principles of discursive identity construction. The second study examines the relevance of voice in academic context through a case study of a high-stakes academic writing situation, and the third study uses a survey to confirm the findings of the previous study while testing the applicability of voice to a broader population of academics. Ultimately, I hope to exemplify the kind of issue-driven, multi-method approach to the study of language and discourse that is the hallmark of the field of applied linguistics.


Dr. Paul Kei Matsuda is Associate Professor of English and Applied Linguistics at Arizona State University, where he works closely with master’s and doctoral students in various fields, including applied linguistics, composition studies, literacy studies, linguistics, rhetoric, and TESOL, among others. Co-founding chair of the Symposium on Second Language Writing and Series Editor of the Parlor Press Series on Second Language Writing, he has edited a dozen books and journal special issues, and published numerous articles and book chapters in both applied linguistics and rhetoric and composition. A sought-after speaker, he has presented keynote and plenary talks as well as lectures and workshops at various conferences and institutions in Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Taiwan, Thailand, and throughout the United States. He is the incoming Book Reviews Editor for TESOL Quarterly. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), and is charged with the task of developing a comprehensive definition of applied linguistics. URL:  




Date: 11.13.2009                      Time: 1:30-2:30 P.M.                 Location:  Coor L1-20


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