About GXB

Genre is a idea that crosses disciplinary, national, methodological, conceptual, and pedagogical borders. The purpose of Genre across Borders (GXB) is to advance genre theory and research by helping scholars and students cross these borders. The site combines two primary functions:

  • As a reference guide to scholarship in the many fields of genre study
  • As a networking portal for scholars and teachers

GXB aims to offer a comprehensive overview of the multiple strands of genre scholarship and their relationships, in order to catalyze intellectual exchange and pedagogical innovation and to help us understand the processes and motivations of genre development, evolution, and circulation.

GXB now features translations of research introductions on our Research page. Contact us to contribute a translation. You may also select an interface display language on your Profile page.

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Upcoming Events & CFP's

Friday November 13, 2020 (All day) to Sunday November 15, 2020 (All day)

Given the evident command of the celebrity in 20th- and 21st-century media cultures and following modern trends toward trans-medial and inter-generic production, this traditional session calls for papers that explore the relationships between celebrity and generic scandals. How have filmmakers,...

Sunday August 09, 2020 (All day) to Friday August 14, 2020 (All day)

There are almost 200 symposia (i.e. mini-strands) to choose from. GXB members may be most interested in these two: S155, Researching and Teaching Academic Genres in a Changing and Interconnected World; and S183, Thesis and dissertation writing in multilingual contexts: Genre, contexts,...

Glossary Sample

The "full range of the kind of texts" that one person uses to fill out one side of a "multiple person interaction." (Bazerman, 1994, p. 98).


User Spotlight

Name: Justin Lewis
Institution: University of Nevada
Department/Program Affiliation: English
Education: PhD, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric, Syracuse University, 2013
Status: Assistant Professor
Twitter: @justalewis
Biography: I am an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nevada where I teach courses in Professional Writing and assist in coordinating the campus-wide Writing in Disciplines program. My research considers the ways actors coordinate activity in digital spaces. In so doing, I draw attention to the ways that human-technology relations create vast digital archives and database architectures. Using a mixed-method research methodology heavily influenced by Activity Theory, Rhetorical Genre Studies and discourse analyses, my work explores the iterative relationship among language, individuals, tools and communities in networked digital environments. By articulating digital objects as rhetorical genres, my work extends investigation into the medial and agenic capacities of objects to shape our collective digital experience. In addition to researching digital tool use in participatory archives, I’m also working on a project that explores alternative methodologies for creating conceptual data models for database architecture. Drawing on computational analyses of genre-based corpa, this work emphasizes the rhetorical aspects of database architecture and provides novel methodologies for developing Entity-Relationship data models. When not researching, I spend time teaching courses in professional writing, technical communication, digital writing, rhetorical theory and composition history. I also spend time working as the Design Editor at Literacy in Composition Studies. In my role, I am responsible for maintenance of our open-access website. I also design and layout the digital and print versions of LiCS. As a contributing editor, I work with the editorial team to review and revise manuscripts toward publication.

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