Event dates

The English Department of the Faculty of Letters, West University of Timișoara, is pleased to announce its 33rd international conference on British and American Studies, which will be held on April 25-27, 2024. 

Confirmed Plenary Speakers: 

  • Prof. Jorge Diaz-Cintas, University College, London
  • Prof. Ruth Amossy, Tel Aviv University
  • Prof. Rareș Moldovan, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca

Presentations (20 min) and workshops (60 min) are invited in the following sections: 

  • Language Studies  
  • Translation Studies  
  • British and Commonwealth Literature  
  • American Literature  
  • Cultural Studies  
  • Gender Studies  
  • English Language Teaching  

PANELS

Discourse and civic engagement. Sites, modalities, methods of analysis

Against the backdrop of polarization, disinformation and mistrust, how we engage and are engaged on issues of public concern, in everyday and public discourse(s), are questions of utmost significance in current research. This panel seeks contributions from the field of discourse studies, or from related fields, that explore civic engagement in a range of domains, including, but not limited to, politics, media and communication, culture, translation, education. Our goals will be to identify recent developments in civic participation practices and to discuss how they can be meaningfully studied from discourse-based perspectives.

Convenor: Dr. Irina Diana Mădroane (irina.madroane@e-uvt.ro), West University of Timișoara

At the intersection of corpus linguistics and British and American Studies: language, literature and culture

The panel fosters a scholarly forum for multidisciplinary exchange of ideas between the corpus linguistics approaches and British and American literature and cultural studies. Interdisciplinary dialogues, such as those encompassing political sciences and history, and the incorporation of cutting-edge technologies at the confluence of these disciplines, also fall within the scope of this symposium. Theoretical, experimental and computational contributions are welcome.

Convenor: Dr. habil. Mădălina Chitez (madalina.chitez@e-uvt.ro), West University of Timișoara

ROUND TABLE

Research trends and priorities in Translation Studies

Coordinator: Prof. dr. habil. Daniel Dejica, Politehnica University, Timișoara

WORKSHOPS

Translating for social inclusion: the case for easy-to-read translation (E2R)

The workshop aims to offer answers to questions like: What exactly is E2R translation? What are its main features and underlying principles? Is it even translation ՙproper՚? Who is involved in E2R translation and whom is it for? Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in an E2R translation assignment. 

Coordinators: Prof. dr. habil. Simona Șimon, Assoc. prof. dr. Anamaria Kilyeni, Assoc. prof. dr. Marcela Fărcașiu, Politehnica University, Timișoara

Untangling the ropes of audio description

The workshop aims to raise awareness of the importance of audio description as a key mode of intralingual audiovisual translation and to give participants a hands-on approach to its formal constraints.

Coordinator: Assoc. prof. dr. Eliza Filimon, West University of Timișoara

Note

Participants should indicate whether they would like their papers to be included in one of the two panels and whether they would like to attend the workshop(s) and the round table. 

Abstract submission 

Please submit 150-word abstracts, which will be included in the conference programme: 

Deadline: 15 February 2024 

Conference participation fees

  • The conference registration fee is EUR 120 or RON 600. 
  • For RSEAS members the fee is RON 400.  
  • For PhD students there is a 25% discount, i. e. EUR 90 or RON 450.
  • For PhD students who are also RSEAS members, the fee is RON 300.

Conference website: https://bas.events.uvt.ro/    

Event website: https://lit.uvt.ro/event/33rd-conference-on-british-and-american-studies/ 

For additional information, please contact: 

Original CFP


Conference venue: University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, 7-13 Pitar Moș St., Bucharest, Romania.

Organisers:

  • Dr Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru (coordinator) 
  • Dr Alexandra Bacalu 
  • Dr Alina Bottez 
  • Dr Eliana Ionoaia 
  • Dr Dragoș Manea 
  • Dr Andrei Nae 
  • Dr Andreea Paris-Popa 
  • Dr Oana-Alis Zaharia


Plenary Keynote Speakers:

  • Christopher Herzog, Paris Lodron Universität Salzburg
  • Dragoș Ivana, University of Bucharest
  • John Thieme, University of East Anglia

Panel Stream Keynote Speakers: 

  • Letitia Guran, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
  • Nicolas Tredell, University of Sussex

Presentation

The subject matter of inexhaustible debates and, most importantly, disputes between philosophers and scholars from diverse backgrounds, space and time have been perceived, despite their infinite or limited dimension, as inextricably connected categories underlying the existence of matter and various processes unfolding in the universe, on the one hand, and the human existence in all its aspects, on the other. Whether normatively or symbolically represented by disciplines such as physics and mathematics or employed as (visual) narrative modes by literature and the arts, space and time have been scrutinized not only as conventional abstractions, but also as concepts that can be expanded or reconfigured. From Einstein’s theory of relativity, which stands solid proof of the latter perspective, to Paul Ricoeur’s view of the narrative set in a temporal frame, it has become evident today that both categories can no longer be interpreted separately, a perspective also endorsed by Mikhail Bakhtin’s “chronotope”, a concept referring to both spatial and temporal relationships that are expressed in literature.

Now more than ever, in a world in which science and technology have shrunk spatial distances and bridged temporal gaps, this topic could not come at a more timely moment. Our conference seeks to explore questions related, but not limited, to:

  • the history of human life in space and time, with particular emphasis on the impact of past, present and future events upon individuals;
  • space and time in relation to memory, trauma, personal and collective identity;
  • space and time as visible or hidden layers of meaning, belonging, dis-/re-location, exilic/nomadic/(post)colonial identities, etc.
  • philosophical interpretations of space and time – ontological and epistemological approaches;
  • the relationship between space/time and literature and the arts in various cultural and historical periods;
  • the relationship between science and literature: time machine and time travel tropes;
  • unshackling time-honoured dichotomies: the literary discourse/narrative as temporal vs. the visual narrative as spatial;
  • space and time as producers of meaning and identity;
  • allegorizing space and time (utopias, dystopias, eutopias, si-fi fiction and movies, painting, etc.)
  • heterotopias in literature;
  • urban humanities: new policies and practices for configuring the urban/rural dyad (post-metropolitan identity, gender, race, etc.);
  • the reenactment of sacred time (rituals, holy days, processions, etc.);
  • historical monuments and their role in preserving temporal and spatial identity;
  • deconstructing linear time and normative space; or, alternative temporalities: the impact of the Anthropocene, climate change, exploitation of resources, eco-critical activism, inclusion of marginal groups, queering the space, etc.;
  • alternative cultural geographies and temporalities;
  • reconfigurations of space in architecture and their evolution in time;
  • recapturing and retrieving lost time and space;
  • reinventing the past in literature, cinematography or psychology;
  • resurrecting past cultures, civilisations and customs through archaeological and anthropological endeavours;
  • stage space and time: stage direction, scenography, light design, costume design and choreography;
  • time and space in the process of adaptation;
  • spatiality, trompe-l’oeil, and mirage in visual arts;
  • the global village – a shortcut in time and space;
  • private space vs. public space and their perception in time.

As of this year, our conference will also offer a number of thematic panel streams that will allow participants to group around their main fields of research and for which potential participants are asked to send their proposals both to the conference email address (listed below) and to the panel stream organizer: 

  • Expectation, Nostalgia and Regret in Literary and Artistic Space/Time (panel stream keynote speaker and organiser: Nicolas Tredell, University of Sussex, nicolastredell@hotmail.com). 
  • Fluid Temporalities and Identities in Indian Ocean Spaces (panel stream organiser: Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru, University of Bucharest, sabina.draga.alexandru@lls.unibuc.ro).
  • Space and Time in Romanian / Romanian American Culture, sponsored by the Romanian Romanian Studies Association of America (panel stream keynote speaker and organiser Studies Association of America (panel stream keynote speaker and organiser: Letiția Guran, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, lguran@email.unc.edulguran@email.unc.edu).
  • Time and Space in Early Modern Culture (panel stream organiser: Alina Bottez, University of Bucharest, alina.bottez@lls.unibuc.ro). 

Panel proposals on any other topics connected to the conference theme are welcome. Potential panel organizers are welcome to submit full panel proposals to the conference email listed below. 

A round table organized by Alina Bottez, University of Bucharest (alina.bottez@lls.unibuc.ro) will be held in memoriam Professor emeritus Adrian Nicolescu: 

  • The British Space across the Ages in Literature and the Arts. People who are interested in contributing short academic papers on this topic or evocations of Professor Nicolescu are welcome to contact her directly. 

Conference presentations should be in English and will be allocated 20 minutes each, plus 10 minutes for discussion. Prospective participants are invited to submit abstracts of up to 200 words. Proposals should be in .doc or .docx format and should also include (within the same document): name and institutional affiliation, a short bio note (no more than 100 words), 5 keywords and the participant’s e-mail address. Proposals for full panels and round tables (to be organised by the participants) will also be considered. Please submit all proposals to our email address: conf.eng.litcult@lls.unibuc.ro.

Website address 

Contact details

conf.eng.litcult@lls.unibuc.ro 

For further details, please read the conference official CFP.


Organisers

CIEL Centre, 1 Decembrie 1918 University of Alba Iulia

in cooperation with:

  • University of Madeira, Portugal
  • International Burch University, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • College of Applied Studies for Preschool Teachers “Mihailo Palov” in Vrsac, Serbia
  • International Burch University, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • University of East Sarajevo, Pale Faculty of Philosophy, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • The Romanian Society for English and American Studies (RSEAS)
  • The European Society for the Study of English (ESSE)

Description

Affiliated with 1 Decembrie 1918 University of Alba Iulia, Romania, situated in Central Europe, at the crossroads between Romance, Slavic, German and Hungarian cultures and languages, the CIEL Centre has been long activating in the field of language education, intercultural awareness-raising and active citizenship promotion. Its members, academics, practitioners and researchers alike, understand linguistic and intercultural education as paramount to constructing a global citizenship of culturally competent and aware individuals who display cultural insights and a sense of belonging to humanity at large.

CLIE-2024 invites everyone interested in language studies, translation studies, language acquisition and teaching, and intercultural communication to bring their expertise and contribute to the ongoing global conversation related to the inclusion of Artificial Intelligence in this research area. 

Conference topics

  • Foreign/Second Language Teaching and Teacher Education;
  • Intercultural pragmatics and Cultural linguistics;
  • Discourse Analysis, Rhetoric and Pragmatics;
  • Semantics and Stylistics;
  • Corpus and Computational linguistics;
  • Second Language Acquisition;
  • Sociolinguistics;
  • Contrastive Linguistics;
  • Translating, Interpreting and Mediation; 
  • Intercultural Business Communication.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers

  • Professor Daniel Dejica, Politehnica University, Timișoara 
  • Professor Attila Imre, Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania
  • Professor Giacomo Ferrari, Amedeo Avogadro University, Italy
  • Dr. Alcina Sousa, University of Madeira, Portugal 

Contact details

For additional information, please contact: clie@uab.ro 

For further details, please read the conference official CFP.