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TitelConceptualizing, Investigating, and Practicing Multilingualism and Multiculturalism, Georgetown University Graduate Student Conference
Beschreibung*Georgetown University* *Graduate Student Conference*

*In Partnership with the Initiative for Multilingual Studies and the
Department of German*

*Conceptualizing, Investigating, and Practicing Multilingualism and
Multiculturalism *

*Friday, February 27 – Saturday, February 28, 2015*

*Keynote Speakers: Heidi Byrnes, Georgetown University; Anna De Fina,
Georgetown University*

With the publication of the Modern Language Association’s 2007 Report
“Foreign Languages and Higher Education: New Structures for a Changed
World”, the terms multilingualism and multiculturalism have received
heightened attention and been expanded to include the ideas of translingual
and transcultural competence. While many scholars have defined
multilingualism as the ability to communicate in more than one language
(Cenoz, Hufeisen, & Jessner, 2003; Li, 2008), other conceptualizations,
particularly those influenced by third language acquisition studies and
functional definitions of language, reconceive multilingualism as the
ability to use multiple languages as *resources* contingent upon
communicative needs and social contexts (Cenoz, 2013). Even as definitions
of multilingualism expand, as seen in scholarly contributions to the *Annual
Review of Applied Linguistics 33, (2013)*, it is still refracted most
typically through the lens of monolingualism and conceptualized through
nation-state-centered perspectives (Yildiz, 2012). To address this concern,
scholarly work is now exploring such concepts as transculturalism and
–lingualism, which are being defined as the studies of power
relationships/formations and meaning-making in language throughout history
as one acknowledges the multiplicity of one's identity and position in the
nation state (Cuccioletta, 2002; Lewis, 2002). Within this field, scholars
(e.g., Appadurai, 1996; Bhaba, 1990; Mani, 2007; Seyhan, 2001) explore
aesthetics, political claims, and such phenomena as cosmopolitan
citizenship that unsettle concepts of home, belonging, and culture, which
can redress the ruptures in history, collective memory, and language. In
light of widespread globalization, we are interested in definitions of
multi/translingualism, multi/transculturalism, and related terms that move
away from essentialized and idealized notions of the nation-state (Cook,
1992; Kramsch, 2014). We are also interested in exploring the critical
relationships between how multilingualism/multiculturalism is acquired in
educational and other contexts, reflected upon and portrayed in
artistic-literary-social media, and acknowledged, valued, or rejected in
political and institutional action.

Keeping these foci and associated challenges in mind, our conference
engages multilingualism and multiculturalism with an explicitly critical
orientation in order to refine these terms in light of research and
practice in literary and visual cultural criticism, history, linguistics,
anthropology, and second/third/foreign language teaching and learning.

Possible topics for 20-minute presentations include but are not limited to:

- Pedagogical practices and implications of

- Multi/transcultural and/or multi/translingual practices and
representations in literature, film, visual media, performance, etc.

- Politics of power and access in multilingual societies

- Governmental and institutional responsibilities in multilingual

- Multi/translingualism and the brain

- Bi/multilingual language acquisition

- Multilingualism and language assessment

- Globalization, migration, and transnational identities

Please submit abstracts of 250–300 words (including paper title,
institutional affiliation and contact details) by 17 October 2014 to We will send notification of acceptances by 1
November 2014. Our conference will begin 27 Feb. at 3:00pm and end 28 Feb.
at 7:00pm. We look forward to your proposals! For more information, visit

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