2nd Global Conference Writing: Paradigms, Power, Poetics, Praxis

This global research and publications project on Writing will explore

the many facets of writing from an interdisciplinary perspective. It

seeks to explore the many intertextual and intersemiotic facets of

writing as they exists in the digital age but also taking into account

the historical forces, process and mechanisms, their relationships to

contemporary writing forms, and the possibilities of future

directions. ‘All writing comes from somewhere’ and with this axiom

in mind this project will not only examine the pragmatic elements of

writing but also the complex issues concerning the metafunctions of

writing as a creative and purposeful process across various


Papers, presentations, reports, workshops and pre-formed panels are

invited on, but not limited to any of the following focus areas;

1. Writing as a Creative Process: Theory and Practice

 * What are the origins and forms of creative writing?

 * What are the personal and interpersonal relationship between

creativity and writing?

 * How is effective and creative writing developed and nurtured?

 * How do various disciplines understand the pragmatic elements of

writing and the thought processes that underpin writing?

 * What are the similarities/differences in understanding between the

related research disciplines?

 * How can creative writing be fostered in a world dominated by

measurement, outcomes and benchmarks?

 * How do authors actually write?

2. Writing across the Disciplines: Theory and Practice

 * How do various disciplines define writing?

 * The psychology, philosophy and pedagogy of writing of various

fields of thought

 * What is creativity in theory and practice in the business world?

 * Can writing be taught?

 * How do readers engage with writing?

 * What does engagement with writing and the writing process mean for

adults and for children?

 * How does writing develop in all age groups or across age groups?

 * What are the various forms Inter-disciplinary approaches to

teaching writing?

 * Historical and contemporary representations of writing as art, in

film and literature?

 * The future role of writing?

 * How will the visual media be related to writing in the next decade

or beyond?

 * The relationships between children’s engagement with television,

film, visual literacy and writing?

 * Traditional forms of writing: what are they and how do they fit in

the visual age?

 * The role and nature of learning theories and their view of writing

3. Critical and Cultural Thinking

 * How is writing linked to critical thinking? Is it the same as

critical literacy?

 * Where does this writing ability come from?

 * What is the role of the ’significant other’ in developing

critical engagement with writing at home, school and beyond?

 * What are the conditions that foster critical thinking and critical


 * How is writing engendered and produced in different contexts of

cultural contexts?

 * Developing writing as life skills, social issues and education for

citizenship in the 21st century

Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts

should be submitted by Friday 4th May 2012. If an abstract is accepted

for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday

3rd August 2012.

300 word abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Chairs;

abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this


a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract,

e) body of abstract, up to 10 keywords

E-mails should be entitled: Writing2 Abstract Submission

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using any

special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or

underline). Please note that a Book of Abstracts is planned for the

end of the year. All accepted abstracts will be included in this

publication. We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals

submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should

assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in

cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic

route or resend.

Organising Chairs

Phil Fitzsimmons

Faculty of Education,

Avondale College of Higher Learning

New South Wales, Australia



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