Many apologies for cross posting but this may be of interest to some colleagues:

The 9th Biennial EATAW conference will hold from 19-21 June 2017 @ Royal Holloway, University of London, United Kingdom

Conference theme: Academic Writing Now: Policy, pedagogy and practice

NOW OPEN: CALL FOR PROPOSALS (further information available here)

The EATAW 2017 conference aims to articulate a response to the shifting realities of higher education using the sub-themes 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?

Pedagogy – drawing from a wide range of pedagogical traditions, this sub-theme aims to reflect on how these are responding to the changing landscapes in higher education to address questions such as:

  • 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?

Practice – 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, leading to questions such as:

  • 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?

The deadline for submission of proposals is 8 January 2017 (23.59 GMT).

The conference website can be reached on eataw2017.org. Please direct any queries to eataw2017@royalholloway.ac.uk.

All the best,



Silke Placzeck


Centre for the Development of Academic Skills (CeDAS)

IN033 | Royal Holloway, University of London | Egham | Surrey | TW20 0EX

T: +44 (0)1784 443110

E: s.placzeck@rhul.ac.uk

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