> Please forward the following call to individuals and lists where it may
> be of interest. Thank you. Rick Coe
> Call for Papers
> short notice
> International Symposium on Genre
> Vancouver, Canada: 16-17 January 1998
> Note: This is a second coming of the highly successful international
> symposium on genre held at Carleton University in 1992. For a sense of
> that discussion, see two subsequently published collections, both edited
> by Aviva Freedman and Peter Medway: Genre and the New Rhetoric (London,
> UK: Taylor & Francis, 1994), and Learning and Teaching Genres. (NH:
> Heinemann [Boynton/Cook], 1994).
> Dates: 16-17 January 1998
> Place: Vancouver, Canada
> @ Simon Fraser University's downtown Harbour Centre campus
> Attendance: Limited to 65.
> Registration Fee: $65 (waived for graduate students and unemployed
> Send Proposals to Arrive By: noon, 10 October 1997
> Email: [log in to unmask] FAX: (604) 291-5737
> Mail/Courier: Prof. Rick Coe, Program Chair
> English Department, Simon Fraser University
> Burnaby, BC CANADA V5A 1S6
> Program & Structure:
> We are inviting four primary presenters who represent a range of
> disciplinary and geographic locations where particularly important work on
> genre is ongoing. With this call, we invite 16-20 other theorists and
> researchers to make 15-20 minute presentations and up to 40 other
> participants. For the most part, the Symposium will be plenary in an
> extended "roundtable" format. One set of concurrent sessions will provide
> opportunities to discuss discipline-specific issues and applications..
> Total attendance will be limited to 65, including primary presenters, 40
> fee-paying participants, and 20 graduate students. Pre- and
> post-symposium visit to SFU's radically innovative, genre-based writing
> centre can be arranged.
> The 1992 Symposium on Genre included participants from Europe,
> Canada, and the United States, who work in Education, English Composition
> & Rhetoric, and Applied Linguistics (ESL/ESP). Presenters included
> Charles Bazerman, Carolyn Miller, and John Swales. Our specific theme for
> 1998 is "Literacy & Literature," but we wish to broaden the discussion in
> other ways as well. We propose to add participants from Australia--and
> also from Anthropology, Speech/Communications, and Literary Criticism,
> including some whose research is in languages other than English.
> Proposal Format:
> By whatever means is quickest and most convenient, please send
> your title and 150-250 word abstract, plus your phone numbers and
> addresses (including Email). For those who wish to attend without
> formally presenting, registration and reservation forms will be available
> shortly. Meanwhile, email [log in to unmask]
> Theorists, researchers, and teachers on several continents,
> working independently in distinct traditions, have seized upon the notion
> of genre as focal to understanding social, functional, and pragmatic
> dimensions of language use. In English/Education, the beginnings of this
> movement in relation to non-literary writing can be marked by Michael
> Halliday's Language as Social Semiotic (1978), Carolyn Miller's "Genre as
> Social Action" (1984), and the publication in English translation of
> Mikhail Bakhtin's Speech Genres and Other Late Essays (1986). Somewhat
> parallel development of the concept of genre also occurred in other
> disciplines, e.g., anthropology, literary criticism.
> The crux of the new genre theories is that genres are socially
> standard strategies, embodied in typical forms of discourse, which have
> evolved for responding to recurring types of rhetorical situation. Unlike
> traditional theories of genre, which focused primarily on discursive form,
> the new theories explain the discursive structures of a genre
> functionally, not merely as a socially standard form, but as a socially
> standard rhetorical strategy for addressing a type of situation and
> attempting to evoke a desired type of response.
> What Freedman and Medway called the new rhetoric of genre helps us
> understand discourse as socio-cultural process, which people both shape
> and are shaped by, which directs and deflects attention, constitutes
> subject positions, opportunities and constraints, community and hierarchy.
> Like the New Rhetoric, with which it shares intellectual roots, the new
> genre theories focus on discourse as as situated social/symbolic action.
> Like other aspects of discourse, genres are neither value-free nor neutral
> and often imply hierarchical social relationships, so our discussion of
> genre will be critical as well as pragmatic.
> Organizing Committee: Charles Bazerman, Richard Coe (Program Chair),
> Aviva Freedman, Janet Giltrow, Lorelei Lingard, Judy Segal, Wendy
> Strachan, Tanya Teslenko.