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Conference and professional societies

Links to conference websites and professional societies of interest to the student of languages, literatures and cultures.


Plan early to participate in a conference by keeping an eye out for CFPs (Calls for Papers/Proposals) and working with your professors to develop one of your seminar papers into a proposal. Here below are four local or regional conferences of interest to students in languages, literatures and cultures.  Check professional society websites for additional conferences.  Some conference travel funding may be available through the Department of Classical and Modern Languages (speak to the director of graduate studies in French or Spanish) and the A&S Graduate Student Union.

Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture Since 1900

Now in its 43rd year, the Louisville conference has become an international event attracting more than five hundred participants annually. Scholars in all languages and literatures are invited to submit proposals on any topic pertaining to literature and culture since 1900. The conference also welcomes submissions by creative writers. Reading committees select the best critical and creative works; the papers are then grouped for presentation at sectional meetings held on our campus. The conference also hosts national and international group societies. Each year the conference features keynote presentations by distinguished authors and critics. Next conference dates:  February 26-28, 2015. Deadline for proposals: October 5, 2014. (For full details and call for papers, go to the Louisville Conference website.)

Kentucky Foreign Language Conference

One of the US's major foreign language conferences, the KFLC is held annually at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.  Fields represented include French and Francophone Literature, Hispanic Studies (Peninsular, Spanish American, Hispanic Linguistics), and Second Language Acquisition.  Next conference dates: April 23-25, 2015. Deadline for submission of abstracts is November 10, 2014.  (For full details and call for papers, go to the KFLC website.)

Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures

Founded in 1980-81 as one of the first graduate student conferences in the US, the Cincinnati Conference on RLL is held annually at the University of Cincinnati.  Covers all aspects of the Romance languages and literatures.  The 32nd annual conference will take place April 9-11, 2015.  Deadline for submission of abstracts is December 30, 2014.  (For the full call for papers, go to the CCRLL website.)

Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference

The Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference is an annual forum of university, college, and high school scholars and teachers for exchanging ideas and advancing the cause of scholarship in foreign language studies. It is held each fall at a host university in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, or West Virginia, although the draw is national and international in scope. The conference also sponsors the MIFLC Review, an annual journal of selected papers on foreign languages and literatures from the conference and edited by Leonor Ulloa. The 65th annual conference is scheduled for 25-26 October 2015 in Charleston, SC. (For details go the MIFLC website.)



Modern Language Association (MLA)

Founded in 1883, the MLA provides opportunities for its members to share their scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues and to discuss trends in the academy. MLA members host an annual convention and other meetings, work with related organizations, and sustain one of the finest publishing programs in the humanities. For over a hundred years, members have worked to strengthen the study and teaching of language and literature.  The MLA holds an annual meeting in January of each year, with deadline for submission of proposals falling in March. The next meeting will be held 8-11 January 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia. (To join the MLA, go to the MLA website.)

American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language (ACTFL)

ACTFL is the only national organization dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,000 foreign language educators and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and industry. The council's annual Convention and World Languages Expo is held in November, with deadline for submissions falling in January. The next convention will be held 21-23 November 2014 in San Antonio, TX. (To join ACTFL, go to the ACTFL website.)

American Association of Teachers of French (AATF)

AATF was founded in 1927 and is the largest national association of French teachers in the world with nearly 10,000 members.  Its purpose is to represent the French language in North America and to encourage the dissemination, both in the schools and in the general public, of knowledge concerning all aspects of the culture and civilization of France and the French-speaking world. The association produces two well-known publications: the French Review, a scholarly journal of French studies now entering its 86th volume and known the world over, and the National Bulletin, now in its 38th year, a newsletter devoted to the teaching and promotion of French and Francophone studies. AAFT's next annual conference will be held  in Saguenay, Québec on 8-11 July 2015. (To join the AATF, go to the AATF website.)

American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)

Since its inception in 1917, AATSP has promoted the study and teaching of Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian, and other related languages, literatures, and cultures at all educational levels. Through an exchange of pedagogical and scholarly information, the AATSP encourages heritage and second-language study and supports projects to that end.  From the beginning, Hispania, the association's journal, has been a first-class scholarly publication and also a source of practical advice for classroom teachers. AATSP's annual conference falls in the summer, with deadline for submission of proposals in the fall. The next conference will be held 17-20 July 2015 in Denver, Colorado. (To join the AATSP, go to the AATSP website.)

Latin American Studies Association (LASA)

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional Association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 7,000 members, forty-five percent of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one Association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe. LASA’s annual conference is held in late May, with deadline to submit proposals falling on September 1st. The next congress will be held 27-30 May 2015 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (To join LASA, go to the LASA website.)

Linguistic Society of America (LSA)

The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) was founded in 1924 to advance the scientific study of language. Linguistics has developed dramatically in the intervening years, greatly expanding the understanding of human language. The LSA's annual conference is held in early January, with deadline to submit proposals falling in July. The next annual meeting will be held in Portland, Oregon, on 8-11 January 2015. (To join the LSA, go to the LSA website.)

American Translators Association (ATA)

The mission of the ATA is to benefit translators and interpreters by promoting recognition of their societal and commercial value, facilitating communication among all its members, establishing standards of competence and ethics, and educating both its members and the public. The ATA holds an annual conference in the fall, with deadline for submitting proposals falling in March . The next conference is scheduled for 5-8 November 2014 in Chicago. (To join the ATA, go to the ATA website.)


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