LINGUIST List 32.2705

Thu Aug 19 2021

FYI: Call for Book Chapters: EAP in an Interdisciplinary World: Discourse, Literacy and Pedagogy

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <everettlinguistlist.org>



Date: 17-Aug-2021
From: Kevin Jiang <kevinjiangjlu.edu.cn>
Subject: Call for Book Chapters: EAP in an Interdisciplinary World: Discourse, Literacy and Pedagogy
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As an important approach to language education, EAP is built on identifying the specific language features, discourse practices, and communicative skills of target academic groups (Hyland, 2006; 2018), while recognizing the subject-matter needs and expertise of learners. It also sees itself as sensitive to contexts of discourse and disciplines, and seeks to develop research-based pedagogies to assist study, research or publication in English (Dong & Lu, 2020; Hyland, 2004; Jiang, 2019; Swales, 2004). However, it has now become increasingly difficult to pin down an exact definition of disciplines, especially in today’s scientific world which privileges an interdisciplinary solution to problems (Trowler, Saunders & Bamber, 2012).

Pharo et al. (2012) broadly defined interdisciplinarity as “…the integration of disciplinary perspectives to produce insights that are more than the summing of disciplinary knowledge” (p. 498). Previous studies also suggest that interdisciplinarity involves more than the development of a different form of research engagement, but represents a challenge to traditional ways of discursive practice, learning styles and even instructional ideology (Choi & Richards, 2017). Unfortunately, however, this change, or growing trend, has been overlooked by much EAP literature, as evidenced by the burgeoning research available on traditional (or pure) disciplines, such as history, sociology, engineering, and economics (Dong & Buckingham, 2018, Jiang & Hyland, 2017; Lancaster, 2016; Liu, 2012; Shaw, 2003). In the context of ongoing trend towards interdisciplinarity in degree programmes (e.g., bioinformatics, computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, evolutionary finance, global studies, and security studies), academics need the awareness and skills to operate in interdisciplinary contexts in light of the increasing popularity of such degree programmes among students. (Klein, & Newell, 1997; Repko, & Szostak, 2020).

Not only do the discursive features of this emerging academic interdisciplinarity remain under-investigated, but the literacy practices and instructional modes of these emerging interdisciplinary studies also await systematic exploration. We seek to remedy this lack of attention to interdisciplinarity in the field of EAP by addressing the implications that academic interdisciplinarity has for research and pedagogy, so are editing a volume on this pressing and engaging topic.

The volume is now under contract with Routledge. After external review by the publisher, we reorganised the chapters after the previous calls for paper. Now we welcome theoretical, conceptual and empirical papers in the following areas. (The list is by no means exhaustive and different topics would be welcomed.)

- Linguistic features and rhetorical resources used in interdisciplinary research writing such as (but not limited to): formulaic language, authorial stance, reader engagement, metadiscourse or rhetorical moves.
- Empirical investigations into academic literacy practices in interdisciplinary teaching and research
- Classroom instruction
- Curriculum design
- Genre-based instruction in interdisciplinarity EAP/ESP
- Publishing in interdisciplinary journals
- Interdisciplinary academic careers
- Supervising interdisciplinary research (MA and PhD students)
- Writing in the professions (or workplace writing)

Submission Requirements:

Please submit abstracts of no more than 500 words (not including the list of works cited in the abstract), together with a short biographic statement for each author (max. 150 words), to kevinjiangjlu.edu.cn, jdon104aucklanduni.ac.nz, or l.buckinghamauckland.ac.nz.

Timeline:

- Abstract and CV submission: 20 September 2021
- Selection of abstracts & notification to successful contributors: 30 September 2020
- Full chapter submission: 30 December 2021
- Revised chapter submission: 20 March 2022
- Publication: around August 2022


Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)


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