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Call for Papers

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Student Conference
April 10, 2020

Submission Deadline: January 13, 2020

We are pleased to announce the FIRST ANNUAL GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Temple University. We invite proposals from graduate students, professors, and independent scholars concerning liminal spaces in literature and other forms of cultural production, intersections of race, class, and gender, analyses of mobilizations and transgressions of borders, environmental and political crises, and social movements.

This year’s conference theme is liminality due to the political, socioeconomic, and ecological crises of our present. The problems of liminality intersect and organize spaces and our
understandings of others and ourselves, of humans and nonhumans. As we reach a global tipping point, engaged reflection on the epistemological and political ramifications of our current circumstances—and the conditions which have produced them—are critically and ethically necessary. We will consider a variety of topics including, but not limited to, scholarship in the following areas in literature, cultural studies, and/or linguistics:

  • Aesthetics
  • The Anthropocene
  • Bi-/Multilingualism
  • Biopolitics
  • Border and Migration Studies
  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Critical Disability Studies
  • Critical Race Theories
  • Decolonial Theories
  • Ecocriticism
  • Environmental Studies
  • Feminist and Gender Theories
  • Heritage Language Education
  • Latinx Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Political Economy
  • Political Theology
  • Postcolonial Theories
  • The Posthuman
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Religious Studies
  • Rhetoric and Stylistics
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Socio-phonetics
  • Syntax/Semantics
  • Technology
  • Transoceanic Studies
  • Translation Studies
  • YA and Children’s Literature

Using this Google Form, please submit abstracts of no longer than 250 words by January 13,

We encourage presentations in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. However, please submit your
abstract in English or Spanish.

For additional information, please do not hesitate to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The conference is free and is open to the public.