LINGUIST List 32.2430

Tue Jul 20 2021

Calls: Portuguese; Spanish; Gen Ling, Hist Ling/USA and Online

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Date: 17-Jul-2021
From: Luis Vazquez <>
Subject: 16th Annual Kaleidoscope. University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Full Title: 16th Annual Kaleidoscope. University of Wisconsin-Madison

Date: 08-Oct-2021 - 09-Oct-2021
Location: Madison, Wisconsin (Hybrid), USA
Contact Person: Fernando Vazquez
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Portuguese; Spanish

Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2021

Meeting Description:

The Organizing Committee of the Kaleidoscope Graduate Student Conference at UW-Madison is the organization responsible for the planning and execution of an annual event, a tradition which was begun in 2004 and which has since brought together master’s and doctoral students from this and other universities throughout the United States to present their work in Spanish and Portuguese literatures and languages, as well as in other disciplines in the humanities. The conference consists of a three-day academic gathering that includes multiple panels of presenters and two or more keynote speakers from the UW system as well as other institutions recognized for their contributions to the fields of Spanish and Portuguese literatures and languages.

Roots and uprootedness, through both literal and metaphoric processes, open toward contested and intertwined literary, linguistic, biological, ecological, sociocultural, and economic systems. Processes such as transplantation and hybridization offer extended metaphors for understanding belonging and dispossession, exchange and commerce, growth and change, and ecological and cultural forms across and beyond Portuguese and Spanish-speaking worlds. From the Medieval locus amoenus, to the Early Modern obsession with the cataloguing of species, to the Enlightenment's interest in family trees, to the arborous diagrams used in linguistics, roots have offered enduring cognitive maps and metaphors. The extant inventory of human uprootedness—the dispossession of Indigenous people from their lands, the Middle Passage, and captivity narratives in the Mediterranean sea, among others—is being amended in the present as mass migration, diaspora, exile, and refugee crises remain at the forefront of contemporary geopolitics. All of this demands reckoning anew with roots, uprootedness and the relations they engender in more-than-human worlds.

Keynote Speakers:
- Patrícia Amaral, Associate Professor of Linguistics, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, Indiana University Bloomington

- Yomaira C. Figueroa, Associate Professor of Global Diaspora Studies, Dept. of English, Michigan State University

- Enrique García Santo Tomás, Professor of Early Modern Spanish Literature, Dept. of Romance Languages & Literatures, University of Michigan

Call for Papers:

Submission deadline: August 15, 2021

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Linguistics: Historical Linguistics, Comparative Philology, Etymology, Lexicography, Digital Lemmatization, Creation of Linguistic Corpora, formal or functional approaches to Morphology, Morphosyntax, Semantics, Lexical Phonology, Anthropological Linguistics, Pidgins and Creoles.

Medieval: Spain’s Three Cultures; Medieval trade and travel, voluntary and imposed; Celestinas and curanderas; Conquest and dispossession; feud building and exile; botanica, real and metaphoric.

Golden Age: Science, Anatomy and Botany; cohabitation and expulsion of Jewish, Muslim and Christian population; The New World; trade and exotic collectionism; Wunderkammern; piracy.

Colonial: Indigenous land dispossession, Transatlantic Trade, African Diaspora, Plantation and Monoculture, the cultural lives of plants.

Contemporary: Border Studies; Migration, Diaspora and Refugee Crisis; Detention and Family Separation; Art and Activism; Ecocriticism; Theories of Roots and Rhizomes.

Portuguese: Amazon Studies, Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies, Transatlantic Studies, Island Studies, Indigenous Studies, the roots of political conservatism.

Submission guidelines:
We welcome individual presentations and panels in Spanish, English, or Portuguese that theorize, critique, or re-contextualize the conference theme. Individual presentations should not exceed 20 minutes in length. Proposals containing a 200-250 word abstract, up to three keywords, institutional affiliation (if any), and contact information may be sent to The submission deadline is August 15, 2021.

In-person and Online:
Kaleidoscope 2021 will be a hybrid in-person and online conference. Participants may choose to present either in-person at UW-Madison’s Memorial Union or online via zoom in English, Portuguese, or Spanish. Presentation modality will not be factored into whether an abstract is selected.

Conference organizers maintain the right to hold an all-online conference should an in-person meeting pose a threat to the health and safety of conference participants or the larger community.

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