Genre 2012 – Rethinking Genre Twenty Years Later: An International Conference on Genre Studies

Genre 2012–Rethinking Genre Twenty Years Later: An International Conference on Genre Studies

Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
June 26-29, 2012


Genre 2012 will continue the tradition and scholarly conversation that originated with the first international colloquium on Genre Studies, ?Rethinking Genre,? held at Carleton University in 1992.

The goals of Genre 2012 are the following:

To create a dialogue among the three major traditions of Genre Studies: (a) English for Specific Purposes (ESP), (b) North American/New Rhetorical Studies, and (c) Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics (the Sydney School);
To present the most recent research developments in each of these three traditions with respect to writing in academic, workplace, and community settings;
To explore possible convergences among the three traditions; and
To provide a communicative space for discussion of other possible approaches to Genre Studies.
Keynote speakers: Charles Bazerman (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA), Vijay Bhatia (City University of Hong Kong), Ken Hyland (University of Hong Kong), James Martin (University of Sydney, Australia), Carolyn Miller (North Carolina State University, USA), David Russell (Iowa State University, USA), Catherine Schryer (Ryerson University, Canada), John Swales (University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, USA).

Special session presenters: Anis Bawarshi (University of Washington, USA), Adair Bonini (Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil), Amy Devitt (University of Kansas, USA), Ann Johns (San Diego State University, USA), Anthony Paré (McGill University, Canada), David Rose (University of Sydney, Australia), Clay Spinuzzi (University of Texas at Austin, USA), Christine Tardy (DePaul University, USA).

Proposals: We invite research-informed papers of any theoretical or methodological orientation on any aspect of Genre Studies related to the goals indicated above. Accordingly, papers might address topics such as these:

The roles and functions of genres in different linguistic and social contexts.
Genre proficiencies in different contexts.
Learning and teaching genres in specific contexts.
The broad range of methodologies used to study non-literary written genres.
Genres and new technologies.
We also invite proposals on any other topics related to the study of non-literary written genres.

Proposals should identify the preferred format (20-minute individual presentation or 90-minute panel with several presenters). Students are encouraged to submit proposals for either individual presentations or posters. The registration fee for the conference will be waived for all student presenters and for Carleton University students.
Proposals for individual presentations, panels, and posters should include a title, an abstract of 300 words or less, and contact information. Panel proposals should, in addition, include the names of all presenters and the titles of their papers. (In all cases, the 300-word limit excludes the list of references).

Proposals should situate the topic in the research literature  identify one or more research questions; describe the theoretical approach and the method(s) of data collection and analysis; and where applicable, discuss the findings  Theoretical explorations of relevant topics are also welcome.

The deadline for proposals is October 30, 2011. Please send proposals as an email attachment in .doc or .rtf format to, including the words ?Genre 2012 proposal? in the subject line. Updated conference information will be available at

Language Statement: Genre 2012 is open to all interested researchers. Given the wide range of international participants that we expect to attend the conference, the organizing committee believes that the communal conversation will be facilitated if English is used for presentations. However, if there are presenters who wish to deliver their papers in a language other than English, they will be welcome to do so. In such cases, we will encourage the presenters to provide English support materials, such as detailed handouts, PowerPoint presentations, or extended abstracts in English.

Graduate Course:  Connected to the conference, Carleton University?s School of Linguistics and Language Studies (SLaLS) will offer an intensive graduate-level course, ALDS 5703: Approaches to Genre Studies, taught by conference co-organizer Dr. Natasha Artemeva. Course registration will be open to graduate students from any institution. In addition to other assignments, students registered in the course will be required to attend conference keynote addresses and Special Sessions and then reflect on these as part of their coursework. Conference presenters will be invited to participate in formal and informal discussions with the students registered in the course. Course registration will be open in the spring of 2012. Further information will be distributed at a later date. For details, please contact SLaLS graduate administrator Ms Joan Grant at General registration information for non-Carleton students is available at

Conference co-organizers: Natasha Artemeva, Jaffer Sheyholislami, and Graham Smart (Carleton University).

Local organizing committee: Chloe Fogarty-Bourget, Janna Fox, Guillaume Gentil, Clara John Gulli, Lynne Young (Carleton University).

Sponsorship: The conference is sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and co-sponsored by Carleton University?s Office of the Vice-President (Research and International); Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences; and the School of Linguistics and Language Studies.

Natasha Artemeva

Acting Graduate Supervisor
Associate Professor
School of Linguistics & Language Studies
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1S 5B6

Tel.            +1 (613) 520-2600       ext.7452
Fax +1 (613) 520-6641

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