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Research & Practice in Professional Discourse


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Centre for English Language Education & Communication Research

City University of Hong Kong

An International Conference on

"Research & Practice in Professional Discourse"

City University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

November 15-19th, 2000


The conference will focus on issues of research and practice in professional discourse. In particular we wish to highlight the relationship between texts, the ways they are constructed and used, and the institutional practices they help to sustain. The conference will emphasise the link between theory and practice, exploring the ways we research, teach and participate in professional discourse. We welcome papers on any aspect of communication in the professions, the academy and the workplace that illustrate this interdependency of discoursal, social and institutional practices, or which show how research might feed back into those practices, particularly through teaching and training.


1. Plenary Speakers

* Professor Charles Bazerman (University of California - Santa Barbara)

* Professor Vijay Bhatia (City University of Hong Kong)

* Professor Yueguo Gu (Beijing Foreign Studies University and Chinese Academy of Social Science)

* Professor Tom Huckin (University of Utah)

* Professor Jim Martin (University of Sydney)

* Dr Srikant Sarangi (Cardiff University)

* Professor John Swales (University of Michigan)

* Professor Ruth Wodak (University of Vienna)



2. Call for Papers

We are soliciting 200 word abstracts for papers related to the theme of the conference. Please send two copies. One should contain in the top left corner your full name (family name first), title, affiliation, address, tel. no., fax no., and e-mail address. Please include your alternative contact particulars should you plan to be away from your regular contact point during the summer months. The other, for the purposes of blind review, should contain only the title and the abstract. The deadline for receipt of abstracts, which can be sent by e-mail or ordinary post, is May 31. Decisions will be conveyed to applicants from early July. The e-mail and ordinary mail addresses may be found in the following page.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts.

3. Pre-conference Workshops (Master Classes)

* Wednesday 15th November (am and pm)

* Six workshops of two hours where keynote speakers will demonstrate and discuss particular analytical/research tools

* Participation is limited, by separate application and registration

4. Research Forum

* Thursday 16th November

* A panel of the keynote speakers will discuss different research methodologies they would use to address specific texts, followed by a moderated general discussion with participants

5. Post-conference Exchange - Guangzhou, PRC

* Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November 2000

* We are planning a short extension to continue the themes and interests of the conference at a different venue to give greater opportunities for discussions with mainland colleagues

* Further details to be announced

6. Conference Dinner

Friday 17th November

Expression of Interest

To signal your interest in the conference and to receive further information, please send your name, affiliation address and email/contact information to the Centre for English Language Education & Communication Research at:

Tel: (852) 2788-8209, 2194-2625

Fax: (852) 2788-7261



Information on registration, hotel accommodation, and social activities will be included in the conference website. We look forward to seeing you at City U in November!

Conference Organising Committee:

Professor Christopher Candlin Professor Vijay Bhatia

Associate Professor Tim Boswood Professor John Flowerdew

Associate Professor Ken Hyland Miss Vivienne Shuet

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