Previous Conferences

Connecting the Dots 2016 is the third international conference organized by the Department of English Language and Literature at Sultan Qaboos University.

2010: Centring the Marginal, Stretching the Boundaries

The theme of the second international conference was Centring the Marginal, Stretching the Boundaries, held on 10-12 March 2010. Keynote speakers were: Prof. Geoffrey Leech (Lancaster), Prof. James Dickins (Leeds), Prof. Itesh Sachdev (SOAS), and Prof. Gauri Viswanathan (Columbia).

The conference provided a forum for the exchange of ideas in the four main disciplines of language, linguistics, literature and translation and focussed on two specific agents of change: research and debate in areas which are traditionally seen as being at the margins of our concern yet which can be seen as having a potentially significant, central role; and research and debate which extends the limits of our concern into new areas through collaboration with related disciplines. In addition to the plenary speakers, the conference hosted more than 70 speakers from many different countries, and was attended by scholars from Algeria, Botswana, Egypt, Georgia, India, Italy, Lebanon, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, USA, and Yemen, as well as countries in the Gulf.

A selection of papers from the conference was published in 2012:

Littlejohn, Andrew and Rao Mehta, Sandhya. 2012. Language Studies: Stretching the Boundaries. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

http://www.cambridgescholars.com/language-studies-16

2007: Building Bridges

The theme of the first international conference was Building Bridges: Integrating Language, Linguistics, Literature and Translation in Pedagogy and Research, held on 21-22 March 2007. Keynote and featured speakers were: Prof. Mona Baker (Manchester), Prof. Clive Holes (Oxford), Prof. Guy Cook (Open University, UK), and Prof. Juliane House (Hamburg).

The conference focussed on efforts to ‘build bridges’ between two or more disciplines, and show how integration, collaboration and cross-fertilization of ideas can lead to new ways of thinking and working for teachers and researchers.

A selection of papers from the conference was published in 2012:

Al Zidjaly, Najma. 2012. Building Bridges: Integrating Language, Linguistics, Literature, and Translation in English Studies. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

http://www.cambridgescholars.com/building-bridges-16