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Faculty and students of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese are part of a robust tradition of scholarship at KU. Visit this page frequently to find information about the latest call for papers and/or presentations from regional, national, and international publications and conferences.


Alternative Realities in Language and Literature, Deadline: February 15, 2018

Department of Classical and Modern Languages & Literatures, Texas Tech University (Lubbock, Texas)

"Alternative Realitites in Language and Literature" is the 19th Annual Céfiro Conference held on March 30-31, 2018.  Céfiro at the Department of Classical and Modern Languages & Literatures invites you to question how we consume information, how we communicate knowledge, and the very basis of what constitute our beliefs. You are encouraged to submit a 250-word abstract for a 15-20 minute paper; abstracts must be in a Word Document, 12 pt/ Times New Roman and double spaced. Undergraduate students are also engouraged to submit abstracts in the areas of literature, cultural studies, and linguistics. Abstracts should be sent to cefiroconference2018@gmail.com by February 15, 2018.

7th Annual World Conference of the Teaching, Deadline: February 1, 2018

University of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

In early August, the American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese will host the 7th Annual World Conference of the Teaching of Portuguese (VII EMEP) at University of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. The deadline for proposals is February 1st. More information can be find on the website http://www.emepsite.com/home.

9th Edition of Zona da Carga, Deadline: February 1, 2018

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Zona de Carga, a creative writing journal directed by the graduate students of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Kaleidoscope Annual Graduate Student Conference is calling for papers. This edition is accepting creative original texts which consider the topic “Uttering the forbidden: dissecting, representing and narrating rupture,” however, texts are not limited to this theme. All questions and submissions can be directed to zdecarga@gmail.com

Submission Deadline: February 1st, 2018.

23rd Graduate Colloquium of Iberian and Latin American Languages and Cultures, March 30-31, 2018

University of Texas at Austin (Austin, Texas)

The graduate students of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin are pleased to announce the XXIII Graduate Colloquium to be held on March 30-31st, 2018. This colloquium will examine the dialogue and discourse of crossing and the intersection of subjectivities across underrepresented groups in the Hispanic/Latinx world. At its broadest this colloquium asks: Who are we/they? How does one become constituted as a we or a they? How does an “I” intersect with an “Other”? And how do the various subjectivities within an “I” or a “we” intersect culturally and linguistically? What part does language play in these crossing of socially constructed categories? In recent years, the fields of gender, race, sexuality, disability, and indigeniety have proposed an array of theories to contend with these questions.  We invite collaborators to delve into, explore and build upon the latest theorizations on these topics from a plurality of perspectives. Papers on literature, linguistics, cultural studies and interdisciplinary work are all welcome. Presentations may be given in Spanish, Portuguese or English. 

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Identity, subjectivities, and assemblage theory
  • Race, gender, sexuality, and dis/ability, 
  • Colonial history, indigeneity, and critical race theory
  • Transnationalism, borders, and immigration
  • Literature, film, music, new media
  • Visual, sound and performance Studies
  • Geographic, political, and spatial configurations
  • Pedagogy, education, technology
  • Languages across cultures

Deadline and Proposal Guidelines: Submit an abstract of up to 300 words by January 22, 2018 to utspcolloquium2018@gmail.com. Include your name, “Conference Proposal” and either “Linguistics,” “Hispanic,” or “LusoBrazilian” in the message subject line. Please attach two documents, one with your name, affiliation, e-mail address and title of presentation, and a second document with title and abstract only as a .pdf or MS word file.

38th Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, April 6-7, 2018

University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Faculty and graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for papers dealing with all areas and aspects of Romance Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Proposals on Film, Popular Culture, Cultural Studies, Creative Writing, Digital Humanities, and Non-canonical approaches to literature are especially welcome. Individual presentations will be limited to 20 minutes and they will be accepted in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, or Italian. For consideration, please submit an abstract or panel proposal including:

  • Name of presenter / panel coordinator
  • Academic affiliation of the presenter(s)
  • Email address
  • Title of paper and an abstract, no longer than 250 words, in the language the paper will be presented.
  • If proposing a panel: title of panel and all the papers to be presented in it, with their corresponding abstracts, each of them no longer than 250 words. The number of panelists is at the discretion of the organizers; however, keep in mind that CCRLL cannot guarantee a time frame longer than 90 minutes per panel.

For registration information visit http://ccrll.com. Please email all abstrats to cinciconf@gmail.com.

Deadline for Submission: January 15, 2018. 

28th Graduate Symposium on Hispanic, and Luso-Brazilian Literatuer, Language and Culture, February 23-24, 2018

University of Arizona (Tuscon, Arizona)

Graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for papers exploring and engaging with tangential discplinary and theoretical approaches that have not been fully developed in the field of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian literatures, cultural studies, and linguistics. The objective of the symposium is to open new avenues of thought and establish new interdiscplinary dialogues that will promote the advancement of Huspanic and Luso-Brazilian literature, cultural, and linguistics studies.

They welcome presentations in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. Please submit 250 word abstracts, a title, and a short biography.

Please email all abstrats to spanport-symposium@email.arizona.edu.

Deadline for Submission: December 31, 2017. 

Catastrophe! Living and Thinking Through the End Times, March 30-31, 2018

Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana)

We are issuing a Call for Proposals for scholarly and creative submissions for the 16th Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference entitled “Catastrophe! Living and Thinking Through the End Times” hosted by the English Department at Indiana University Bloomington, March 30-31, 2018.  

This conference aims to interrogate politics, rhetoric, and representations of catastrophe, disaster, apocalypse, and trauma. We aim to address not only these terms individually, but also their entanglements across historical moments and geographical locations.

How do we define and delimit catastrophe or disaster? What are the differences and similarities between trauma and disaster? What is the temporality of catastrophe and how do we imagine it? How does one teach through catastrophe or teach disaster? How is catastrophe coopted for political ends? How can we describe the catastrophic relationship between humans and the environment? How is apocalypse and cataclysm represented in art and literature? How do we think about beginnings in the end times? What kinds of historical representations surround or engage cataclysm and apocalypse? How do we categorize or frame the genres of apocalyptic and prophetic writings? What are the differences between personal, public, or global trauma? How does catastrophe encourage us to think interdisciplinarily?   

Abstract Submission Information: the selection committee invites proposals for individual scholarly papers, creative works, and panels organized by topic. Please submit (both as an attachment and in the body of the email) an abstract of no more than 250 words along with the following personal details: name, institutional affiliation, degree level, email, and phone number. to iugradconference@gmail.com.

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: January 14, 2018. 

Congress on Hispanic Lusophone Lingustics, March 30-31, 2018

Congress on Hispanic Lusophone Lingustics (Ohio State University, New Jersey)

Ohio State University welcomes papers dealing with any aspect of Hispanic or Lusophone linguistics, including but not limited to: variation, sociolinguistics, pragmatics, phonetics, phonology, morphology, historical linguistics, psycholinguistics, semantics, and syntax. We also welcome papers that discuss creoles or indigenous languages of Hispanic and Lusophone countries. Talks will be allotted 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion and may be given in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. The conference will welcome Dr. Daniel G. Erker, Boston University, and Dr. Ashwini Deo, The Ohio State University, as keynote speakers. The 2018 Ohio State University Congress on Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics (OSUCHiLL) will be held from March 30-31, 2018. Contact conference organizers Elena Jaime Jiménez and Kendra V. Dickinson at osuchill2018@osu.edu.

Abstract Submission Information:  Abstracts should not exceed 500 words and must be submitted via EasyAbstracts to http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/osuchill2018.

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: February 1, 2018. 

Notification of acceptance: No later than February 15, 2018.

Constructing America: Identities, Infrastructure and Institutions

University of Michigan American History Workshop (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

The world has constructed America, just as America has shaped itself - as a real and imagined place, constructed and reconstructed by transnational forces and figures. America materializes through global alliance and opposition, immigration, urban development and rural economies, organization, consumption, and rebellion. In whose image is America constructed? Where are its borders? The American History Workshop at the University of Michigan invites papers for its 2018 graduate student conference themed “Constructing America: Identities, Infrastructure and Institutions.”

Papers might investigate the construction of America in any number of ways: as an “imagined community”-- a product of historical memory intertwined with assumptions about race, class, sex, faith, ethnicity and gender; as an object of knowledge in the social and natural sciences, the arts and humanities; as a material entity made of machines, buildings, bodies, landscapes, and infrastructure; or as a network of political, economic, cultural and social institutions.

The selection committee is particularly interested in papers that approach the idea of construction in innovative, counter-intuitive, or interdisciplinary ways, or which destabilize established national narratives. Scholars working in all periods of American history are welcome. Please submit an abstract of 150–300 words and a CV to to the conference planning committee at umusgradconference@gmail.com. Proposals are due by Sunday, January 28, 2018. 

Yzur, Winter 2018 Issue

University of Kansas Filmm & Media Studies Graduate Symposium (Lawrence, Kansas)

The KU Film and Media Studies Graduate Council is proud to announce it will be hosting its 21st Annual Graduate Symposium on February 9th and 10th, 2018. This year’s theme is “Perspectives on/of the Mediated World” which will examine the various ways and means by which scholars can examine contemporary and historical media landscape. The Graduate Council welcomes all theoretical approaches from a variety of disciplines. We also encourage submissions that explore media beyond film and television. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Diasporic and transnational film
  • Aesthetics of contemporary film and television
  • Approaches to new media studies
  • Media convergence and reception studies
  • Reconceptualizing gender and race through modes of address

Michelle Raheja (University of California, Riverside) will deliver the keynote address. Professor Raheja’s area of research is Native American literature, with a special interest in autobiography and film and visual culture. Her book manuscript, Reservation Reelism: Redfacing, Visual Sovereignty, and Representations of Native Americans in Film, is under contract with the University of Nebraska Press and explores the personal narratives and visual aesthetics of indigenous actors, entertainers, and filmmakers from the inception of the motion picture industry in the United States and Canada to the present. She is also co-editing two anthologies: Pretending to Be Me: Ethnic Transvestism and Cross-Writing with Joe Lockard and Melinda Micco and Red Rhythms: Contemporary Methodologies in American Indian Dance with Jacqueline Shea Murphy. The selection committee invites graduate (and promising undergraduate) students to submit a 300 word abstract proposal by December 15, 2017.

Contact: Andrei Kartashov for more information.

28th Annual Graduate and Professional Symposium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literature, Language and Culture

28th Annual Graduate and Professional Symposium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literature, Language and Culture (Tuscon, Arizona)

The Symposium Committee is pleased to invite all interested graduate students, scholars and professionals to submit presentation or poster abstracts, and panel proposals for the 28th Annual Graduate and Professional Symposium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literature, Language and Culture at the University of Arizona. Join us to celebrate the merging of cultures and languages in one of the US’s oldest multicultural landscapes. Come to a historic city where languages, cultures and literatures co-exist creating a thriving contact zone.   
This year the symposium will focus on exploring and engaging with tangential disciplinary and theoretical approaches that have not been fully developed in the field of Hispanic and Luso- Brazilian literature, cultural studies, and linguistics. The objective of the symposium is to open new avenues of thought and establish new interdisciplinary dialogues that will promote the advancement of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian literature, cultural, and linguistic studies.
The Symposium Committee will consider abstracts for research in Latin American and Peninsular Cultures, Literatures and Linguistics. Potential areas of interest include, but are not limited to: 

  • Linguistic: Applied linguistics, Heritage/second language pedagogy, Language program administration, L2/Ln acquisition, Phonology/phonetics, Morphology, Sociolinguistics, Syntax, Psycholinguistics, Any other area of Hispanic/Lusophone linguistics within any theoretical or quantitative/qualitative framework.
  • Literature: Global South studies, Border studies, Disability studies, Feminist theory, Queer theory, Hegemony and posthegemony, Subaltern studies, Political theory, Postcolonial theory, Affect theory, Memory studies, Visual studies.
Submission Deadline: December 15, 2017 
  • Abstracts for Presentations should be limited to 250 words. 
  • Panel Proposals for a group of 3-5 presenters should be limited to a 100 word abstract from each panel member. 

Abstracts, presentations, and proposals can be delivered in Spanish, Portuguese, or English. Please submit 250- word abstracts, together with a title and a short biography to the Symposium Committee at spanport-symposium@email.arizona.edu

Posters will be displayed in a designated space at the Conference venue. Recommended dimensions for posters are A0 (33.1 x 46.8 in) or A1 (23.4 x 33.1 in). 

Due to time and space constraints, only a combination of 70 presenters will be accepted. Acceptance will be confirmed by January 7 2018. 

Contemporary Spanish Theater: Stages of Utopia, Dystopia and Myopia

New Harmony International Conference – October 10-12, 2018 (New Harmony, Indiana)

The historic town of New Harmony, backdrop for two attempts at establishing permanent intentional communities in the first quater of the nineteenth century, will be the fitting site for an international conference on the utopian pursuit in contemporary Spanish theater (20th and 21st centuries). The conference seeks to attract diverse persentations rooted in the intersection of contemporary drama and common visons – social, economic, political, spiritual, or ecological – for working in unison, even if the cooperative models aspired to be community members prove to be misunderstood or destined for failure. The organizers are particularly interested in encouraging the free exploration of such varied themese as conformity, disagreement, alienation, displacemnts, migrations, revolt, totaliarnism, and many other approaches related to intentional settings.

Abstrats and proposals of no more than 250 words must be submitted electronically by March 1, 2018, for the following:

  • Individual papers of no more than 20 minutes duration
  • Panel proposals for a maximum of four participants
  • post or similar graphic presentation

Papers will be accepted in English or Spanish, but reading time may NOT exceed 20 minutes. Together with your proposal, indicate any audivisual needs (video, DVD, computer with LCD progector, etc.). Proposal (in Word) must be attacted to an email address sent to: nhspanishtheaterconf2018@gmail.com

Publication of selected proceeding of the conference is anticipated for 2019.

For more information on the conferecne visit: usi.edu/spanconf2018

Yzur, Winter 2018 Issue

Yzur, Winter 2018 Issue (Rutgers, New Jersey)

Yzur is a literary graduate journal published out of Rutgers in New Jersey. The submission deadline for the Winter 2018 issue is October 31, 2017. For more information, visit yzurlit.com or email lit.yzur@gmail.com with any questions.

Humanities Through the Ages

Humanities Education and Research Association – March 7-10, 2018 (Chicago, Illinois)

The HERA conference program committee invites proposals for presentations at the 2018 conference. The program committee’s theme is designed to incorporate any and all possible connotations: the history and development of the humanities, the changes in the humanities over time, the triumphs of and threats to the humanities, the importance of the humanities, the challenges to the humanities. Also included within the theme is the idea of humanities and humanities education being enriched and enlivened by commitment and dedication from all age levels, spanning the lives of individuals as well as history.

The HERA conference program committee maintains that individuals engaged in research and education in all fields of the humanities and liberal arts and sciences carry forward the humanities through the ages into the future. We call for papers that explore continuity and change, form and function, courage and fear, voices and unspoken presences from any individual fields of study. Our work and its vitality validates our common pursuit. The wide-ranging span of the Humanities provides the finest range of approaches and methodologies to explore the vast array of concepts and themes within the humanities throughout the world. HERA seeks your contributions concerning the explorations of identity, image, and voice within any aspect of the Humanities.  The 2018 HERA Conference theme is intentionally seeking disciplinary, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary scholarship exploring voice and vision from the local to the global.

New this year, HERA introduces the HERA Undergraduate Research Prize, a prize of $1,000 awarded to the best undergraduate conference paper (or divided among a panel of papers), sponsored by an attending professor (with a $500 prize awarded to the professor). See HERA’s website for more details.

Submissions are encouraged from educators at all levels (including undergraduate/graduate students) as well as all those with an interest in the arts and humanities. Proposals for papers, panels, or workshops (150-200 words) must be submitted through the conference submission portal on the HERA website at h-e-r-a.orgCreative presentations, readings, and exhibitions are also welcomed. Deadline for submission is January 25, 2018.

Questions may be directed to the conference organizer, Marcia Green (mgreen@sfsu.edu)Presentation time for individual papers is limited to 15-20 minutes.

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