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NFEAP Summer Conference 2017 – EAP and Positioning

8th June 2017 - 9th June 2017

Following our tenth anniversary conference last year, the Norwegian Forum for English for Academic Purposes leaps into its second decade!

We are pleased to announce the  11th annual NFEAP summer conference, which will take place on Thursday the 8th   and Friday the 9th  of June 2017 at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus), Oslo, Norway.

The theme for the 2017 conference is EAP and Positioning.

We welcome work that addresses the concept of positioning in relation to EAP theory and practice. This may include, for example, rhetorical and argumentative position, the positioning of a reader, political positions (explicit or covert), the relationship between voice and position, how the idea of positioning is effected by technology, and so forth. But it might also open questions of geographical position, and what EAP could mean in a particular place – a continent, a country, a city, a building, even. Indeed, there is no reason why these broad categories of position should be treated as separate (and if one bridges the gap between two ideas – is this bridge not also a position?). “Positioning”, in other words, can be understood broadly.


We invite proposals that explore positioning in connection with  EAP concepts; EAP training methods, principles, practices and research; needs analysis, syllabus and materials design, teaching strategies and methodological issues; group/interdisciplinary teaching; critical EAP; e-learning and technology; academic identities; academic literacies; any other relevant topics.


Plenary speakers:

Charles Bazerman, Professor of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara, US

Ursula Wingate, Senior Lecturer in Language in Education, Centre for Language, Discourse and Communication, King’s College, London, UK

Lesley Gourlay, ‎Reader in Education and Technology, Institute of Education, University College, London, UK


The Ann Torday Gulden Scholarship

Ann Torday Gulden has been, for many years, a tireless and vital advocate for EAP in Norway, and this scholarship is named in her honour. This annual scholarship contributes up to 5000 NOK to the expenses of an EAP teacher or researcher to come to the conference and present their work. We seek to support work that is distinctive and original and that exemplifies innovative approaches to EAP theory and practice. It is open to all – please check the box provided in the proposal submission form if you would like to be considered for the scholarship.


Important dates:

  • Deadline for registration: 19 May 2017
  • Conference programme available: 1 April 2017
  • NFEAP conference 2017: 8-9 June 2017



 The 1700 NOK conference registration fee includes refreshments and lunch for both days of the conference and the conference dinner on Thursday evening.

Please note that the NFEAP is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

We would like to thank you in advance for your contribution to the 11th NFEAP summer conference and look forward to having the opportunity to discuss and disseminate your work.


On behalf of the NFEAP organizing committee,
Tom Muir and Kristin Solli


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