From: Christina Agostinelli <c45abuffalo.edu>
Subject: Humanities at the Limit
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Full Title: Humanities at the Limit
Date: 04-Nov-2011 - 05-Nov-2011
Location: Buffalo, NY, USA
Contact Person: Christina Agostinelli
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://sites.google.com/site/humanitiesatthelimit/home
Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature; Sociolinguistics
Language Family(ies): Romance
Call Deadline: 01-Aug-2011
SUNY at Buffalo Romance Languages and Literatures
Graduate Student Association Annual Conference
Humanities at the Limit
Keynote speaker TBA
The institution known as 'the university' derives its name from the Latin universitas meaning 'the whole'. Therefore, the university is an institution comprised of humanities, social sciences, theater arts, and natural and physical sciences. Due to recent closures in modern language departments across the United States, the universitas of the university has been severed. Consequently, there is a need to redefine what the humanities are in the twenty-first century and more specifically the role of the modern languages and literatures departments in the new humanities.
In this conference we are looking to re-examine the position of Romance languages, literatures, and cultural studies. The time has come to re-engage the debate on what humanities are, (specifically looking at Romance languages, literatures, and cultural studies) and what our vital function is within the universal whole of higher education.
Call for papers
Deadline for submissions: August 1, 2011
Possible subjects include:
-Shaping the universitas student for the universal world through studies of culture, literature, and second language acquisition
-Reading new forms of communication as cultural texts: media, film, internet
-The future of modern language departments in the new or post humanities
-The importance of teaching culture through language
-Sociolinguistics: constructing individual/cultural identity through language
-Modern interpretations of historical change in the Romance languages
Send an abstract of 250 words with a proposed title as an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF to UBRomancegmail.com. All abstracts as well as presentations should be in English.
For more information please see our website:
The Humanities at the Limit conference is sponsored by the Romance Languages and Literatures Graduate Student Association.
Conference will be held November 4th and 5th, 2011 on the University at Buffalo, North Campus.
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
University at Buffalo, North Campus
910 Clemens Hall
Buffalo, NY 14221
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