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Writing Authority in the Disciplines: Literacy Practices and the Legitimation of Multilingual Graduate Writers

Wednesday, March 29 more dates through March 29, 2017

Burrowes, 463

Based on an ethnography of two international graduate students, this talk explores the ways advanced academic literacy practices legitimize writers as scholarly authors. My case-studies combine academic literacy practices and multilingualism perspectives to examine scholarly-grants and -articles as writing practices which are apriori ideological, multimodal, and multilingual. Notions such as social and cultural capital, in this vein, become key to understanding how graduate writers signal legitimate disciplinarian membership and succeed as scholarly authors. With my study, I aim add to scholarship on the situated nature of knowledge and provide a rhetorical understanding of scientific scholarship.

Shakil Rabbi is a PhD-Candidate in the English Department. His research interests include academic literacies, multilingualism, and writing, the place of writing studies in the university, and the rhetoric of public intellectuals. He has taught classes in rhetoric and composition, writing in the social sciences, distant learning composition, English literature and education, and worked as an undergraduate writing tutor and graduate writing consultant at Penn State. He has also worked as a lecturer in English Literature and composition in Bangladesh, and as a primary school teacher in Thailand.

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Faculty, Undergraduate, Graduate

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The Center for Global Studies

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