Pacific Rim Conference on Literature and Rhetoric; February 25-26, 2011

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University of Alaska Anchorage

"World Englishes: Identity, Language, and Pedagogy in the Global Community"

February 25-26, 2011

Third Floor of the Consortium Library,

University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA)

Keynote Speaker

Dr. David Sigler, University of Idaho, specializes in British Romanticism, Nineteenth-century British literature, post-structuralist and other critical theory, as well as popular music studies. He has recently published "The Rhetoric of Anti-Pedagogical Sadism in Jacques Lacan's Seminar VII," "Two Masquerades and their Spec(tac)ular Effects in Mary Robinson's Walsingham," and "Make It A Double: Two Renditions of 'Gin and Juice' Reconsidered."

The Conference and a Call for Papers

Organized by Department of English graduate students at UAA, the 16th annual Pacific Rim Conference on Literature and Rhetoric welcomes proposals in literary studies, composition and rhetoric, linguistics, history, anthropology, and other related fields. This year's conference examines the relationships among identity, language, and pedagogy in the context of world Englishes. In "English worldwide," David Crystal poses the question, "What happens to a language when it is spoken by many times more people as a second or foreign language than as a mother tongue?" We seek to explore the implications of English's role as an arguably global lingua franca: for instance, what are the cultural and linguistic consequences of English's use in facilitating the development of global technologies and sciences, or in furnishing international political proceedings with a common dialogic space? We are delighted to host a conference examining identity formation, language, and pedagogy within the exigent field of World Englishes. The following represents a sample of potential presentation topics:

Literature in World English
Cultural neutrality
Opposition: cultural imperialism
Local uses, local identities
Many Englishes: dialects, global and local Englishes
Dual standard: commoditization of standardized English
Multicultural identities
Post-colonial approaches to texts
The evolution of international English
The English Internet
Science and technology
Multilingual learning
English only movements
Stories of English

Individual paper proposals: Please send a 500 word abstract for 20-minute papers, including the title of the paper; presenter's name and institutional affiliation; mailing address, phone and fax number, and e-mail address.

Panel proposals: In addition to providing detailed contact information for each panel member, please send an abstract (700 words max.) summarizing the panel's rationale and describing each paper.

Submit proposals to by January 21, 2011.

Please direct questions to:

Peter Kudenov and Jamet Woods, Conference Directors

Department of English, ADM 101D, University of Alaska Anchorage

3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508

(907) 768-4826