Is the Study of Genre Still Front Line Research? – University of Copenhagen

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Is the Study of Genre Still Front Line Research?

Conference November 14.-15. 2013. Hosted by the Centre for Genre Research, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen, the Royal School of Library and Information Science and PhD School at the Faculty for the Humanities, University of Copenhagen.

Purpose

As a cultural phenomenon genre is prolific and thus a relevant field of study for a broad array of scholarly disciplines. Over the last decades the study of genre has spread from literary studies to a number of other disciplines ranging from linguistic anthropology via pragmatics to rhetoric and didactic fields, and it has even wider potential as genre and related concepts play vital roles in a number of the social sciences and in the study and interpretation of law.

Most of the progress made in genre studies, however, rest upon theoretical definitions of the concept made several decades ago and it is debatable whether progress has been made within the core study of genre itself. The purpose of the conference was to describe the relationship between the state-of-the-art in modern genre scholarship and the founding theoretical texts of two decades ago in order to discover what is new in genre scholarship and map out the roads available to further research. At the same time the conference aimed at furthering international and national collaboration within genre studies and examining the possibilities inherent in the fundamentally interdisciplinary character of the subject.

The organizing committee of Is the Study of Genre Still Front Line Research encouraged research papers related to all aspects of genres theory, especially the discussion of the relationship between the founding theoretical text of genres theory and state-of-the-art in modern genre scholarship.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Charles Bazerman, Department of Education, University of California, USA

Associate Professor Sune Auken, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Venue

Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Hosts

Centre for Genre Research, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen

Royal School of Library and Information Science.

PhD School at the Faculty for the Humanities, University of Copenhagen

Arrangement committee

Jack Andersen, PhD, Pro-rector and Head of Department, Royal School of Library and Information Science, Centre for Genre Research. jan@iva.dk

Sune Auken, Dr.Habil., Centre for Genre Research, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, Head of the PhD School, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen. auken@hum.ku.dk

Susanne Kemp, PhD Student, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen. fms637@hum.ku.dk

Camilla Mellin, MA student, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen.