Call for Papers

MLCS Graduate Student Conference


February 4-6th, 2015

University of Alberta


The Modern Languages and Cultural Studies Graduate Student Council invites proposals for a three-day interdisciplinary conference exploring the multi-modal features of Discourse as a medium for organizing knowledge through language. Defined in those precise terms, discourse becomes a nodule that links diverse epistemological fields, establishing a wide network enabled by language. Through its plethora of connections, discourse also empowers exchanges in a multiplicity. We invite graduate students and recent graduates from all disciplines to examine the range and scope of discourse, analyzing the possible implications of those features insofar as they manifest how language becomes a vehicle for meaningful exchanges. Dual or group presentations as well as the use of posters and/or mixed media are very welcome.

Submissions should cover (but are not limited to) the following fields:

  • within and through identities: self-identification and the identification with others
  • in society: political, personal, media-driven
  • in the theory and practice of translation
  • within and through art, music and literature
  • within, through and about cultures and/or languages (establishing, teaching, sustaining them etc.)
  • in and through technology: the changing face of personal and professional correspondence
  • within and among communities, provinces, countries and continents
  • across time and/or generations

Presentations are to be 20 minutes in length and will be followed by a discussion period.

Please submit a 250-word abstract (including name, program, department and research interests) to the following email address: 

Papers based on your presentation can be submitted for publication to our online Graduate Journal ‘Multilingual Discourses’. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by mid-December. We are currently working on a hosting-program to allow convenient and free-of-charge accommodation options for students. If you have any questions, please contact Jasmin Hirschberg at

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