The Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures at Towson University announces the 7th edition of “Forging Linguistic Identities” on March 16-18, 2023 and invites proposals for papers.
The conference seeks to examine language as socially embedded within historical and geo-political contexts. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:
Dr. Maya Angela Smith, Associate Professor of French at the University of Washington, will be our keynote speaker.
The scope of the conference is not limited by region, language or time period. Proposals involving languages taught by the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures (ASL, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Ancient Greek, Biblical and Modern Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swahili) are especially encouraged. Proposals are welcomed across disciplines, from scholars of languages and literatures, education, geography, history, psychology, anthropology and sociology.
Please send an abstract of 250 words by email to: Prof. Francisco Martínez Ibarra (fmartinezibarra AT_TOWSON). Please include your name, institution affiliation, day telephone and email address. Please note that conference papers must be in English or ASL and limited to 20 minutes.
Proposals for panels with multiple speakers are also welcome provided they fit within the 90-minute time frame of each session.
We are tentatively planning this conference in-person. We will consider virtual and hybrid options if needed as the time approaches. We are considering publishing the conference proceedings, pending participants’ interest.
Faculty of all ranks, as well as graduate students, are encouraged to participate. We will offer discounted hotel rooms near campus, and a graduated scale of conference fees.
Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2022.