LINGUIST List 26.5073

Thu Nov 12 2015

Calls: Dutch, German, Icelandic, Norwegian Bokmål, Swedish, Applied Ling, Lang Acq/USA

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Date: 12-Nov-2015
From: Katrin Fuchs <>
Subject: Going Beyong Goethe - Graduate Conference on Applied Linguistics
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Full Title: Going Beyong Goethe - Graduate Conference on Applied Linguistics

Date: 03-Mar-2016 - 04-Mar-2016
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
Contact Person: Katrin Fuchs
Meeting Email:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition

Subject Language(s): Danish (dan)
Dutch (nld)
German (deu)
Icelandic (isl)
Norwegian Bokmål (nob)
Swedish (swe)

Call Deadline: 08-Jan-2016

Meeting Description:

6th Biennial Graduate Student Conference in Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Thursday and Friday, March 3-4, 2016

Going Beyond Goethe: Teaching Germanic Pop-Culture(s) in the Foreign Language Classroom

Over the past several decades, the foreign language classroom has increasingly become understood as a site for learners to explore a diverse range of cultural topics that enable them to become culturally proficient and literate users of the target language. Popular culture plays a central role in current college curricula, from discussions of film, digital literacy, and national comedy traditions, to cuisine, sports, and hip-hop. While pop-culture is widely accepted as central to the development of transcultural literacy in another language, there are shifting and expanding approaches to its application in the classroom. Professional organizations such as ACTFL and the MLA have proposed content-based instructional approaches that encourage the integration of cultural artifacts—together with their related practices
and perspectives—into the teaching of foreign languages at all levels of the curriculum. This conference focuses on approaches to implementing postwar pop-culture into integrated language/culture instruction in Germanic languages. The Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin invites submissions from all areas of Germanic Studies (linguistics, literature, cultural studies, and second language studies) to share original contributions to the teaching of pop-culture in the Germanic-language classroom.

Call for Papers:

Conference: Thursday and Friday, March 3-4
Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, January 8
Acceptance Notification: Friday, January 22

Possible areas include but are not limited to:

- Best practices/theoretical approaches to using pop-culture in undergraduate education
- Factors impacting the selection of pop-cultural content for the undergraduate classroom, including motivation, individual learner preferences and interests, and proficiency levels
- Extracurricular programing and popular culture
- Digital technology, entertainment, and popular culture in undergraduate education
- Tensions or collaborations between pop-culture and canonical works
- The relationship between pop-culture and representations of everyday life

This conference will occur in conjunction with the German Studies Workshop “Popular Music in Postwar German Culture,” which will begin in the afternoon of March 4, 2016.

Please send your abstracts (one page, 12-point font, Times New Roman) for a 20-minute presentation to:

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