Languages and Cultures in 21st Century Transnationality CfP

Languages and Cultures at Sheffield Hallam University,

City Campus, Sheffield, S1 1WB

Friday 9 and Saturday 10 September 2016

Abstract deadline: 31 March 2016

The concept of transnationality is increasingly common currency in the globalized world.

Modern Languages, both implicitly or explicitly, deals with the transnational aspects of cultures and, as a discipline, it is hence ideally suited to have societal impact on the construction of transnational education. Intercultural citizenship, in particular, is becoming a sine qua non in the Twenty-First Century. Modern Languages poses multicultural and multilingual questions about identity, subjectivity and alterity of past, present and future. As academics we represent institutional power and theoretical knowledge; we are mediators between theoretical processes of conceptualization and practical moments of interpretation; information brokers and hence in the fortunate positions to bring about social change.


The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars from Applied Linguistics, Intercultural Studies and European Cultural Studies to create intercultural and interdisciplinary synergies that go beyond national borders, linguistic silos or academic canons, and thus echo practices of human mobility. Themes of particular interest in the three streams include, but are not limited to:


Applied Linguistics:

·         CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), technology-enhanced learning, film as teaching tool

·         language acquisition, language planning

·         learner autonomy, student engagement

·         multilingualism, translation

·         discourse analysis


Intercultural Studies:

·         citizenship, identity, multiculturalism, nationhood, race

·         intercultural awareness, communication, competence, education, management

·         tourism, postcolonialism

·         international student migration


European Cultural Studies:

·         the transnational currency of popular cultural products

·         translations, transpositions, transmediality

·         synergies/dialogues across national cultures

·         intersections of culture with other fields/disciplines (history, law, literature, sociology, technology)

·         dialogues across sociocultural strata (e.g. popular and elite cultures)

·         fluidity of identity


We invite proposals for 20-min papers; proposals for panels are also welcome. 250-word abstracts should be submitted by 31 March 2016 to Dr Anja Louis at: [log in to unmask] Abstracts should include the author’s name, affiliation and email address.


Please specify 'Languages and Cultures Conference’ in the subject of your email.

We will acknowledge receipt of all abstracts submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us within two weeks, you should assume we did not receive your email.


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