2013 Hwa Kang International Conference on English Language & Literature
Trends and Applications in Language and Literature
Organizers: Department of English Language and Literature, Language Teaching & Learning Center, Chinese Culture University
Date: May 4, 2013
Venue: Chinese Culture University, Hwa Kang, Yangmingshan, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
The Hwa Kang International Conference on English Language and Literature is an annual conference organized by the Department of English Language and Literature at Chinese Culture University to encourage intellectual exchanges and academic dialogues between scholars in Taiwan and around the world. In 2013 the conference theme will be Exploring Discourse: Trends and Applications in Language and Literature. The conference organizers want to explore the idea of “discourse” as we find it in the fields of linguistics, language teaching, literature and cultural studies, and in the study of language, communication and texts.
Literature & Cultural Studies
“Discourse” has long been a common term in literary studies, where it can have various meanings including genre-related ones such as “narrative discourse.” Michel Foucault, however, has helped us rethink the concept of “discourse” in terms of its social, political, and cultural formations. For Foucault various discourses (e.g. the discourse of medicine or of history) are expressions of power, and in “every society the production of discourse is at once controlled, selected, organized and redistributed according to a certain number of procedures, whose role is to avert its powers and its dangers.” (“The Discourse on Language,” 1972) Literature and its related cultural practices are types of discursive formations that have been manipulated, analyzed, questioned, and subverted by scholars in literary and cultural studies. We would like to invite original abstracts that deal with theories of discourse, interpretations of literature and related discursive formations, textual analyses involving stylistics and discourse analysis, interrogations of the institutions of literature and literary studies, applications in the teaching of literature, and other approaches that concern literature and discourse.
Subject areas might include but are not limited to the following topics:
Linguistics & Language Teaching
Different kinds of discourse and their analysis have been topics of interest in the past few decades. The focus of this conference will be on advances and research results in the fields of theoretical, experimental, and applied discourse. We welcome papers which present empirical studies of discourse analysis and are based on theoretical approaches, including those of speech act theory, interactional sociolinguistics, the ethnography of communication, pragmatics, conversational analysis, and variation analysis. We also welcome submissions which take discourse as a framework used to interpret rhetoric, culture, collaborative practices, power, identity, diversity, etc. We also hope that this conference can help language teachers to incorporate an awareness of discourse in their teaching, which would only be enhanced by such a perspective.
Possible subject areas include, but are not restricted to, the following:
Conference Date: May 4, 2013
Submission of abstracts: January 31, 2013
Notification of acceptance of abstracts: March 8, 2013
- We accept papers written either in English or in Chinese. No full-paper submission is required.
- Each submission should include the following information and items:
- Name of the contributor in both Chinese and English, professional affiliation, current position, mailing address, office and home phone numbers, and email address. List the above items on the Contributor Data Form that may be downloaded from the conference website.
- An abstract of 350-500 words along with a list of 3-6 keywords for abstracts in English. An additional English abstract with English keywords for abstracts written in Chinese (No more than
500 characters and 6 keywords).
- Submissions must be sent electronically as e-mail attachments to the following email address:
- All abstracts will be subject to a blind review process by two reviewers.
- Hwa Kang English Journal welcomes the full text of the conference presentations. Vol. 19 No. 2 is scheduled to be published in Oct. 2013. Please visit the journal website for further information:
Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Ms. Erika Chin at 02-28610511 ext. 23705 for further information.
Please use the following address for written correspondence:
Department of English Language and Literature
Chinese Culture University
55 Hwakang Rd., Yangmingshan
Taipei, 11114, Taiwan, R. O. C.