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Conference Information

Full Title: University of Malaya Discourse and Society Conference

Short Title: UMDS 2012
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Start Date: 27-Jun-2012 - 29-Jun-2012
Contact: Dr. Krishnavanie Shunmugam
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: University of Malaya Conference on Discourse and Society
Transforming Scholarship: Setting a New Agenda for Language Learning and Research
Intercontinental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, 27-29 June, 2012

The Faculty of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Malaya is pleased to announce the third University of Malaya Conference on Discourse and Society (UMDS 2012).

The aim of this conference is to go beyond conventional papers and presentations, and to set a new agenda for research and scholarship in the study of language, with the focus on discourse and society. The conference aims to bring together scholars, theoreticians and practitioners from different disciplines and professional fields to exchange ideas and offer new perspectives and directions in research on discourse and society. The meeting of the two different worlds of academic knowledge and professional experience is intended to lead both sides to a richer understanding of how language functions in contemporary society.

Secondly, the conference will be multidisciplinary in nature; the participation of practitioners from various fields is intended to provide opportunities for cross-disciplinary dialogue which will enable us to engage in and make sense of the discursive practices of the professional world. At the same time, linguistics, pragmatics and discourse analysis will provide the approaches and analytical tools to help make sense of the meaning-making process involved in this kind of interaction.

Finally, the conference provides a way forward for academics working on language from different disciplinary perspectives, particularly those at an early stage in their careers. It is hoped that the conference will open up new areas of research into language as discourse and as an academic subject in addition to promoting new approaches to the study of language to provide meaningful input into language teaching and learning and curriculum design for programmes in languages and linguistics.

Keynote Address:

Professor Ruth Wodak (University of Lancaster, UK)

Plenary Speakers:

Professor Robert B. Arundale (University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska)
Professor Basil Hatim (American University of Sharjah, UAE)
Professor Rod Ellis (The University of Auckland, New Zealand)
Associate Professor Angela Scarino (University of South Australia, Australia)
Professor Dr. Adeeba Kamaruzaman (University of Malaya, Malaysia)


Standard registration fee (Malaysians): RM800
Standard registration fee (International Participants): US$350
Student registration fee: RM350 (for local & international students enrolled in universities in Malaysia)
International student registration fee: US$150

The fee includes the conference kit, refreshments and lunch.
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis
Subject Language: None
LL Issue: 22.4707

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