Academic Writing in the 21st Century Symposium


Academic Writing in the 21st Century: Looking Forward
Date: Saturday October 29, 2011
Location: Room 10-250
Time: 9am-5pm
Click here to register - registration is required but is free.

Fifty years ago, although different disciplines had distinct discourse genres, a question such as what constitutes academic writing appeared to be more easily addressed than it is now. The growth of different disciplines, the movement toward interdisciplinary inquiry, globalization, and the advent of the Internet and the World Wide Web makes the definition or definitions of academic writing much more complex than it was a half a century ago. This one-day symposium brings together internationally known scholars to address the following questions:

  1. What is the relationship of reading to academic writing? of one text to others? How will these relationships change during the 21st century with the advent of new media and googlization of knowledge?
  2. How will the move toward interdisciplinarity in academic inquiry shape discourse conventions within specific discourse communities? 
  3. What is the relationship among academic writing, civic discourse and literacy, and professional writing? 
  4. How will the globalization of academic communities shape academic writing?
  5. What is the relationship of academic writing to rhetoric?

This symposium at is sponsored by the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies, the Dean of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, the Dean for Undergraduate Education the Literature Faculty.

Keynote Speakers:

Robert Scholes, Brown University
Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein, University of Illinois, Chicago
Chris Anson, North Carolina State University