The EATAW 2017 conference aims to articulate a response to the shifting realities of the higher education at the levels of policy, pedagogy and practice.
Policy – whether governmental, institutional or departmental – has the potential to impact the teaching of academic writing profoundly, raising questions such as:
- Where does writing development sit in universities?
- How do departments effectively equip teachers with different academic backgrounds to teach writing?
- At what stage should academic writing be taught?
Academic writing draws from a wide range of pedagogical traditions, including educational research, Writing in the Disciplines, Writing across the Curriculum, composition and rhetoric, genre, and academic literacies. The conference aims to reflect on how these traditions are responding to the changing landscapes in higher education.
- Which pedagogic approaches are being used in different teaching contexts?
- How do we measure ‘good’ writing in different contexts?
- Is there a place for both generic and discipline-specific writing development?
A changing academic context has practical impacts on both staff and students provoking questions about how we academic writing teachers should respond to these impacts.
- Is student writing changing?
- When are digital technologies both used and avoided by students and teachers of academic writing?
- What physical and mental space do students need for effective academic writing?
Please note that the deadline for submission of proposals has now passed. All proposals are double-blind reviewed by the Conference Proposal Review Committee (members of the EATAW Board and the EATAW 2017 Organising Committee). If you have any queries regarding proposals, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visual presentation of a specific topic, small-scale project, or of research work still in progress.
Posters will be on display for all delegates to read and should, therefore, be understandable without an explanation from the author. Poster authors should be available to answer questions and explain details relating to their poster content during an allocated poster session (provisionally scheduled for Tuesday 20th June).
Poster format: page size up to DIN A0, 841mmx1189mm (horizontal). Poster stands will be provided in the room of presentation. Presenters may also wish to provide handouts.
90-minute sessions, typically with 3-4 presentations totalling a maximum of 60 minutes followed by an open discussion of at least 30 minutes moderated by a chairperson. A symposium should have a coherent theme, but should address a topic from different angles, for example:
- Comparison of approaches in different academic settings
- Different aspects of a shared interest or group research project, which would benefit from discussion by a wider audience
- Related research projects which take different approaches
Where possible, a group proposing a symposium should identify a chairperson/discussant.
Talks which must strictly not exceed 5 minutes. These are intended to be informal, engaging and highly visual talks that may focus on practical suggestions or specific areas of interest. We strongly recommend the use of an ignite talk format, i.e. 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds. Lightning talks will be held in the evening and in an informal setting close to a bar so that delegates can enjoy a drink while being entertained by the talks.
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Proposals should be submitted in English. The proposal for a contribution delivered in a language other than English should be submitted both in English and the language of delivery.
Please note: EATAW 2017 sessions will be chaired by either a member of the EATAW Board, the EATAW 2017 Organising Committee or a regular delegate. To chair a session as a delegate, please contact email@example.com, indicating your topic of interest.
Following the conference, a special issue of the Journal of Academic Writing (JoAW) will be devoted to the publication of selected papers delivered at EATAW 2017. Published by the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing (EATAW), the Journal of Academic Writing is relevant to teachers, scholars, and programme managers across disciplines and across the world who are interested in conducting, debating and learning from research into best practices in the teaching of writing.
It is anticipated that the special issue publishing proceedings from EATAW 2017 will be available in the second half of 2018 and further guidance will be provided after the conference.
Please note that all manuscripts are subject to JoAW’s double-blind peer reviewing process and any papers included in the special issue will be full journal articles that conform to JoAW’s requirements in terms of length and the need for a well-developed argument.
Selected Papers from the 8th EATAW conference held in Tallinn, Estonia, in June 2015 can be found in Vol 6, No 1 (2016).