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Occupying niches: Interculturality, cross-culturality
and aculturality in academic research
Institute of English, University of Silesia, Sosnowiec / Katowice, Poland
9 - 11 June 2011
The 1st International PRISEAL Conference was held at the University of La Laguna from 11-13 January 2007 and brought together people from 14 countries. The participants issued a call known as "The Tenerife Statement" to the international community of knowledge concerning issues that affect speakers of English as an Additional Language (EAL) as they seek to publish and present their research internationally
STATEMENT ON EQUITABLE ACCESS TO THE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY of the 1st International PRISEAL Conference (Publishing and Presenting Research Internationally: Issues for Speakers of English as an Additional Language)
As part of the growing call for more just and equitable practices in the conduct and communication of research worldwide the participants of the 1st PRISEAL Conference took
the decision, in plenary session, to produce a statement for promulgation <full text>
Published after PRISEAL 1:
In the Introduction to the Special Issue: English for Research Publication Purposes Journal of English for Academic Purposes 7 (2008) the underlying idea of PRISEAL conferences has been expressed as follows by the organisers of PRISEAL 1, Margaret Cargill and Sally Burgess:
English for Research Publication Purposes (ERPP) can be
thought of as a branch of EAP addressing the concerns of
professional researchers and post-graduate students who
need to publish in peer-reviewed international journals. It is
now almost a truism to say that the vast majority of these
journals are published in English, and that this presents
considerable challenges to users of English as an Additional
Language (EAL), regardless of the field in which they work.
While EAP programs in universities can address some of these
needs in a general way, the real-life, specific issues for
academics whose first language is not English wishing to
publish in English are often broader and more complex.
(Margaret Cargill and Sally Burgess 2008:75)
Many of such issues were addressed during PRISEAL 1 but many other still remain to be explored from as many angles as possible.
While the leading theme of PRISEAL 1 was "peripherality" as opposed to "the mainstream", we wish to look at the same issue in terms of niches occupied by users of English as an Additional Language. How much of what is done in the niches gets outside? Is what is done in the niches what gets outside? To what extent is English a distorting mirror of the original ideas? Are the niches isolated?
This conference is addressed to journal publishers, editors and referees, authors' editors and translators, conference interpreters and translators, ERPP teachers, materials writers and course designers, and applied linguists working in fields such as genre analysis and intercultural rhetoric.