Update: ESEA 2010: 15th English in South East Asia Conference

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English in South East Asia
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ESEA 2010

CONFERENCE TITLE: The 15th English in South East Asia Conference

DATES: 9–11 December 2010
LOCATION: University of Macau, Macao SAR
CONTACT E-MAIL: esea2010@umac.mo
WEB SITE: http://www.umac.mo/fsh/de/esea2010.htm

The ESEA organisation and annual conference is the result of a collaboration between the following member institutions:
· Ateneo De Manila University (Philippines)
· Curtin University (Australia)
· Hong Kong Institute of Education (Hong Kong)
· King Mongkut's University of Technology (Thailand)
· National Institute of Education (Singapore)
· Sanata Dharma University (Indonesia)
· University of Brunei Darussalam (Brunei)
· University of Macau (Macao)
· University of Malaya (Malaysia)
· University of Waikato (New Zealand)
· Zhejiang University (China)
The annual ESEA conference celebrates the linguistic and creative diversity of English across the region of South East Asia and confronts challenges that are typically presented in the teaching of English.

The conference theme of 2010 is:


Like ESEA conferences in the past, the 2010 conference in Macau will provide a valuable forum for faculty and students engaging in research and teaching in English language and literature. Recognizing that South East Asia is a large and diverse region, the conference organizers welcome a variety of proposals related to research and teaching in linguistics, literature, cultural studies and language pedagogy. General areas of interest include:

· International and regional trends in research
o Important new findings
o Theoretical approaches
o Methodologies
· Professional concerns
o Discipline and interdisciplinarity
o Publication: careers, venues, evaluation
o Institutional expectations and fulfilment
o Service
· Technology and the profession
o Research tools
o Communications and networks
· Pedagogy
o Programs and curricula
o Forms of learning
o Technology and learning
· Creativity
o Creative writing and other industries in English
o English in the media


The ESEA 2010 Organising Committee has invited the following internationally recognised scholars and speakers to address the conference in plenary sessions:

Rod Ellis (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
Rod Ellis is currently Professor in the Department of Applied Language Studies and Linguistics, University of Auckland, where he teaches postgraduate courses on second language acquisition, individual differences in language learning and task-based teaching. He is also a professor in the MA in TESOL program in Anaheim University and a visiting professor at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) as part of China's Chang Jiang Scholars Program. His published work includes articles and books on second language acquisition, language teaching and teacher education. His books include Understanding Second Language Acquisition (BAAL Prize 1986), The Study of Second Language Acquisition (Duke of Edinburgh prize 1995), Task-Based Learning and Teaching (2003), Analyzing Learner Language (with Gary Barkhuizen) in (2005) and a second edition of The Study of Second Language Acquisition (2008), all published by Oxford University Press. He also co-authored Implicit and Explicit Knowledge in Language Learning, Testing and Teaching (2009) published by Multilingual Matters. In addition, he has published several English language textbooks, including Impact Grammar (Pearson: Longman). He is currently editor of the journal Language Teaching Research. In addition to his current position in New Zealand, he has worked in schools in Spain and Zambia and in universities in the United Kingdom, Japan and the United States.

Salikoko S. Mufwene (University of Chicago, USA)
Native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Salikoko S. Mufwene is the Frank J. McLoraine Distinguished Service Professor of Linguistics and the College at the University of Chicago, where he also serves as Professor on the Committee on Evolutionary Biology and on the Committee on the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science. He is also an affiliate of the Department of Comparative Human Development and of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the same university. His current research is on language evolution, including language birth and death, the indigenization of English and other colonial European languages worldwide, globalization and language vitality, and the phylogenetic evolution of language. Informed by several academic disciplines, his approach can be characterized as ecological, informed especially by population genetics and macroecology. (Co-)editor of several books, including Globalization and Language Vitality: Perspectives from Africa (Continuum, 2008), he is the author of The Ecology of Language Evolution (CUP, 2001), Créoles, Écologie Sociale, Évolution Linguistique (l'Harmattan, 2005), Language Evolution: Contact, Competition and Change (Continuum Press, 2008), and over some 200 essays on these topics and others. He is also the series editor of the Cambridge Approaches to Language Contact. For more on his work, please visit his website at http://humanities.uchicago.edu/faculty/mufwene/.

Zohreh T. Sullivan (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
Zohreh T. Sullivan, Professor Emerita of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was born in Iran, studied in Pakistan and the U.S., has taught at Webster College, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, at Damavand College, Tehran, Iran, and, since 1972, at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, USA. She has taught a wide range of courses that include modern British literature, the literatures of global cultures, and colonial and postcolonial literatures. Her publications include Narratives of Empire: The Fictions of Rudyard Kipling (Cambridge, Cambridge UP: l993), the Norton Critical Edition of Rudyard Kipling's Kim (New York, Norton: 2002), Exiled Memories: Stories of Iranian Diaspora (Philadelphia, Temple UP: 2001) and numerous articles on pedagogy, critical theory, Iranian cinema, feminism and modernity in Iran, and global literatures. Her last book blends autobiography, oral history and analysis to frame the narratives of some forty Iranians, most of whom left Iran for the U.S. after the Islamic Revolution of l978-9.


The ESEA 2010 Organising Committee invites proposals for individual presentations (20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion) or panel presentations (90-minute or 120-minute) on any area of research related to English in South East Asia.

Interested participants may submit an abstract proposal of a maximum of 300 words for individual presentations or 1200 words for panel presentations. (Please note that word limits include title and references.)

Proposals may be submitted on-line at:

The extended deadline for submissions is 15 September 2010.
Notification of acceptance will be sent via e-mail beginning 31 July 2010, and early notification is available upon request.

For further information regarding the conference (i.e. registration, accommodation, plenary speakers, Macau links) please visit the ESEA 2010 Conference website:

This year the planning committee has elected to take advantage of the abstract submission facility on linguistlist.com. Submission categories are, consequently, related to linguistics. However, as the CFP suggests, the conference planners invite proposals that may not fall neatly into the site's categories. For proposals which do not, please select "Not applicable." Your submission will be treated in the same manner as all others.