CFP 2014: “Language Speaks US”
The College English Association—Caribbean Chapter welcomes proposals for presentations in English (20-minute papers) for our 2014 conference, which will be held at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, on 14-15 March 2014. The title is “Language Speaks Us” and the topic is Language(s) and Identity. This event will be an opportunity to discuss the ways in which texts are conceived, nurtured and produced, and received by the public, in both historical and contemporary contexts. “Text” is to be interpreted broadly and comprises literature, nonfiction, essays, advertisements, maps, architecture, music, film, poetry, tweets, visual and performing arts, scientific studies, facebook posts, SMS and IMs, and many other tracts. Conference papers will be considered for publication in a volume of essays.
CEA-CC IS NO LONGER RECEIVING SUBMISSIONS FOR 2014. On a rolling basis, we welcome abstracts in Humanistic/Social Science fields and subdisciplines, as individual papers or panels of 2-4 scholars. Submit abstracts of 100-200 words in the body of an e-mail message (not an attachment) by
30 September 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org. CLOSED TO SUBMISSIONS.
Papers may investigate the cultural, social, and political interactions of the humanities, social sciences, and technology, as they relate to the production of texts that involve how language is used as purveyor of cultural value. We welcome papers in English that use transnational, linguistic, psychoanalytical, postcolonial, pedagogical, and other scholarly approaches, including translation and textual dissemination of traditional and digital media, publishing/circulation, and the History of the Book.
Identity and language are flexible concepts. They can be interrelated or independent, depending upon time and place. How we perceive ourselves changes with our use of language, which can be particularly multiform in multilingual spaces. Language can be codified in an array of forms, and these texts are often identificational symbols of our senses of being. How do writers (filmmakers, publishers, and others who disseminate texts) use language as a purveyor of identity? What are the intended outcomes? What sociohistoric events have facilitated the recent proliferation of multilingual print-culture? How are values, community limits, and cultural citizenships, constructed and disseminated through the language of advertising, novels, music, or films? How are phenomena like migration, Diaspora, and colonialism constructed through the use of language codified into text? How does (multi)language use shape the identity and characterization of communities? How do monolingual individuals navigate multilingual environments (and multilinguals, monolingual surroundings)? What political shifts have shaped the popular treatment of language? What outcomes are considered when commercial-texts employ new forms of language, or several languages, in print? How are social positions established through the language codified in news, scientific studies, and empirical texts? How have social media dealt with identity in multilingual societies?
Conference presenters are required to become members of the Caribbean Chapter of the College English Association. Conference registration and lunch is included in the membership fee. For more information, please visit: