Call for Papers

Transnational Perspectives on Immigration/Emigration

in Literature, Linguistics, Culture, Education and Sciences

Sixth Biennial Modern Languages Conference at Shippensburg University

April 30-May 1, 2016

Keynote: Poet and novelist Abdourahman Waberi

Title of the Address: Immigration Seen through my Novel Transit

Both recent international events and national debates have focused a renewed attention on immigration.  What does the phenomenon of immigration on a large scale mean for the nations and cultures directly involved?    How do the dynamics of immigration/emigration impact the individual and communities affected?  What is the role of language and cultural fluency in this transnational environment?  How does immigration/emigration impact our understanding of language, culture and national identity?  What new cultural impulses do immigration/emigration produce? How has cultural assimilation/integration evolved?  What are the expectations for assimilation and the repercussions of failure?  We invite submissions of papers and suggestions for panels in literature, cultural and historical studies, linguistics, pedagogy and the sciences. We understand “immigration/emigration” broadly, including such topics as inner emigration and intellectual emigration (brain drain), transactional immigration (how socio-political transactions inform local/regional/national/international change) and especially encourage interdisciplinary approaches. Possible topics include but are not limited to: 

  • Interculturality
  • Literature of the Diaspora
  • Expat Stories
  • Virtual Migration (Technology-aided)
  • Imagined Immigration/Emigration
  • Citizenship and National/Regional Identities
  • Communitarianism
  • Emigration through Language and Translation

Papers can be presented in French, German, Spanish, or English. Reading time should not exceed 20 minutes. Undergraduate student panels are encouraged as well as presentations by graduate students.  A revised version of selected papers will be considered for publication in the fifth issue of the refereed Shippensburg Journal of Modern Languages (SJML). 

Please send a 300-word abstract electronically to the corresponding panel chairs. Abstracts for languages other than French, German or Spanish are to be sent to Dr. Ragone, Conference Chair.  Abstract deadline: 01/15/16. 


Spanish and Latin American Literature and Poetry, Translation Theory
Dr. Robert Lesman,

French Literature and Culture, Translation Theory
Dr. Blandine Mitaut, 

Foreign Language Education
Dr. Jose Ricardo, 

German Literature and Culture
Dr. David Wildermuth, 

Spanish Linguistics, French Linguistics
Dr. Agnès Ragone,