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Our Uncommon Ground: Modern Languages and Cultures for the 21st Century

Durham University, 16-18 April 2018

Call for Papers

 Our Uncommon Ground: Modern Languages and Cultures for the 21st Century highlights the pressing ethical imperatives for the study of Modern Languages and Cultures as a diverse and yet coherent discipline in a world which is increasingly – and acrimoniously – divided. There has never been a more important time to articulate and embrace the values of a discipline equipped to study cultures and their interactions in historical perspective. And yet, Modern Languages continues to struggle with its disciplinary identity; as Michael Worton argued – almost a decade ago – one of the major challenges facing the discipline is a move towards separatism and forms of protectionism, which emerged at the very moment when it is vital that new forms of partnership and collaboration be established. This conference represents an attempt to sketch out the uncommon ground between the many (sub-)disciplines that comprise Modern Languages and Cultures.

As one of the broadest constituencies of its kind in the UK, Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham University is responding to calls for wishes to bring together a wide spectrum of activities and interests that cross historical, geographical and methodological boundaries. To achieve this, the School is hosting a major conference designed to encourage participants to reflect on the state of the discipline and to develop new intellectual agendas through the presentation of cutting-edge research in the field.

We welcome proposals for either 90 minute panels (with up to 4 speakers) or 20 minute presentations on any aspect of cutting-edge research in Modern Languages and Cultures. Please send an abstract of up to 250 words to by 15 Feb 2018, together with the following information: name, working title (in the language you will present your paper in), brief abstract of your paper (in English), affiliation and academic status, email address and mailing address with city, postcode and country. For panel proposals, we require additionally the names, affiliation and academic status of all contributors.

Panels already confirmed are listed below; some are still accepting papers as indicated.

Applicants will be informed of acceptance by 28th February.

Confirmed panels include:

  • Cross-Language Dynamics (OWRI): Towards the New Modern Languages
  • Ecology and Modern Languages: New Directions and Challenges
  • The Body, Gesture and Affect
  • New Approaches to Spanish Cinema Studies
  • The Languages of European Cinema
  • Photographic Practices
  • Middle ground or no man’s land? The Classical tradition/reception between Modern Languages and Classics
  • Technologies of Automation
  • Philology and/is the Future of Modern Languages
  • Beyond the Boundary of Translation: Applying Translation to the Studies of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • ‘Moral emotions’ in literature
  • The Medieval Cultural World-System [proposals welcome, particularly from those with research expertise in Arabia, Persia and the Indian Ocean]
  • Convergence of Science Studies and Modern Languages
  • Rethinking the Atlas
  • Islam at the Limits of Language
  • Transversalities of Atlantic, Caribbean and Global North/South Studies
  • Transnationality in the Teaching of Modern Languages [proposals welcome]
  • Spanish Art in Global Context