Writing for Scholarly Publication:
Beyond "Publish or Perish"


Taipei, Taiwan
June 9-11, 2011


The 2011 Symposium will be held June 9-11, 2011, in Taipei, Taiwan. Taiwan has long been a major site of second language writing research, and in recent years, it has emerged as one of the growth areas where increasing numbers of researchers and teachers from various disciplinary backgrounds--computer assisted language learning, English for Specific Purposes, literacy studies, rhetoric and composition, and TESOL, among others--are drawn to the topic of second language writing. It is also a context in which the pressure to publish in certain international journals is strongly felt by researchers across the disciplines.

Given the immediate demands in this and many other parts of the world, it seems natural to focus on the practical question of how to publish successfully in international academic journals. This goal continues to be important to second language writing specialists--both as teachers and researchers of written discourse and as active researchers who are subject to the same kind of pressure. Yet, the uncritical and widespread acceptance of the "publish or perish" attitude also perpetuates a problematic situation, in which evaluation criteria and funding resources constrain the knowledge creation process in ways that are not consistent with the goals and values of the fields. While continuing to serve the needs of students and researchers in various disciplines, we second language writing specialists also need to examine larger issues of the politics of knowledge making.

This year's Symposium will seek to move the field beyond the "publish or perish" mentality by bringing together internationally known researchers, teachers, and journal and book editors in writing- and language-related fields the world over to question, resist, challenge, negotiate and overcome institutional expectations for international scholarly publication. In so doing, we hope to generate a better understanding of issues in international scholarly publication that can not only help improve the productivity of researchers from various parts of the world but also to generate new knowledge that can help shape the evaluation system in ways that facilitates the production of truly valuable knowledge.

The entire schedule is now available in PDF format.

The list of plenary speakers and their abstracts are available here.

Post-Symposium Information


Certificates are available in PDF format. Please search for your name and print out your page.

Contact Information

Presenters' contact information is available here. The online spreadsheet is editable; if you wish to modify or remove your information, please feel free to do so directly on the online spreadsheet.


Photos taken by SSLW 2011 Official Photographer Michael Wu of Chung Hua University, Taiwan, is available on Flickr.

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About the Symposium

The Symposium on Second Language Writing is an annual international conference dedicated to the development of the field of second language writing--an interdisciplinary field of specialization that draws from and contributes to various related fields, including applied linguistics, composition studies, education, foreign language studies, litearcy studies, rhetoric, and TESOL.

2007 Symposium in JapanFounded in 1998 by Tony Silva and Paul Kei Matsuda, the Symposium has been bringing together second language writing specialists to discuss key issues and concerns in the field.

From the beginning, the Symposium has been attracting second language writing researchers and teachers from all over the world. In 2007, the Symposium was held at Nagoya Gakuin University, Japan. The 2007 meeting also made the Symposium an annual event.

In recent years, the Symposium has been held at Purdue University, USA (2008), Arizona State University, USA (2009), and the University of Murcia, Spain (2010).

For more information about the Symposium on Second Language Writing, please visit the website at: http://sslw.asu.edu/.

贊助單位 (Sponsoring Organizations)

The 2011 Symposium on Second Langauge Writing is being supported by generous contributions from various organizations and individuals. The organizing committee is particularly grateful to: