(DIS)CONNECTIONS Conference Program

Have a look at our conference schedule! More to follow.All panels will be held in the Senate Chamber in Arts 326.

Thursday, Feb 2

10:00-10:25             Coffee

10:30-12:00            Opening Remarks
Dr. Carrie Smith-Prei (Associate Chair for Graduate Studies)

                                   Panel 1: Using Language, Teaching Language
Sofía Lorena Sanchez, MLCS
“Discourse markers in argumentative writing among university learners of Spanish as a foreign language”

Brian Rusk, Linguistics
“From a classifier language to English: Do EFL classrooms benefit acquisition of English in number marking?”

Yoichi Mukai, Linguistics
“Durational variability as perceptual correlates of fluency in L2 conversational speech”

Saori Daiju, East Asian Studies
“Distal demonstrative “are” for unspecified referents in Japanese everyday talk: connecting to discourse and co-participants”

12:00-12:55             Lunch Break

13:00-14:30             Panel 2: Code Fail Repeat: Computational Experiments in Humanities

Jérémie Pelletier-Gagnon, MLCS
“Uncovering a genre (2): Unsupervised topic modelling and genre discourse analysis”

Chelsea Miya, English and Film Studies
“Datafying Dickinson: A case study in poetry as data”

Vickie Richard, MLCS
“Accounts of interactions that precede heterosex sexual activity: An enactive cultural psychological study”

Axel Pérez Trujillo Diniz, MLCS
“Atlas of the Brazilian plains: Extracting geographical data from literature”

14:40-15:30             Panel 3: Showing Our True Colours: Identity Construction and Representation

Jay Friesen, MLCS
“Disconnecting Cosby”

Amelia Hall, MLCS
“Projections on The Walls: Towards a re-signification of cultural heritage in the historical center of Campeche”

Richard Feddersen, MLCS
“Who are we? How German as a foreign language textbooks construct German identity and racial stereotypes”


Thursday, Feb 2 from 6-10pm at Dewey’s!


 Friday, Feb 3

09:00-09:20             Coffee

09:25-10:30             Opening Remarks
Dr. Laura Beard (MLCS Department Chair)

Panel 4: Literature Across Cultures

Oksana Cheypesh, MLCS
“Venus, Don Juan, and Galician market in borderlands”

Anna Antonova, MLCS
“Alice Munroe’s “Gravel” in translation: Interpretations and reconstructions”

Sylvia Madueke, MLCS
“Postcolonial “Translation”: A study of two African classics in French translation”

10:45-11:45             Panel 5: Subversion and Social Issues in Chinese Literature

Yan Wang, MLCS
“Vengeance for father and murder of son: Paradoxical representation of female knight-errant in Extensive Records of the Taiping Era

Yuan Zhang, East Asian Studies
“Lin Yutang’s traveling Daoism in moment in Peking”

Haiyan Yie, MLCS
“Humanism and the absurd in Yan Lianke’s fiction”

12:00-12:55             Lunch Break

13:00-13:45             Panel 6: Canadiana

Dalaina Heiberg, Political Science, University of Chicago
“Seeing and building the common world: reorienting politics between non-Indigenous people and Indigenous people(s) in Canada”

Danika Jorgensen-Skakum, Gender and Social Justice
“‘Disgusting, Beautiful, and Safe’: Exploring queer feminist community through the Fourth Wave Freaks Zine in Southern Alberta”

14:15-15:30            KEYNOTE

Dr. Hester Baer
Associate Professor, Department Head and Graduate Director in Germanic Studies, University of Maryland

“Crafting Connections”


Call for Papers

MLCS Graduate Student Conference

Annual CONNECTIONS Conference:


When:                                                     February 2nd and 3rd 2017
Where:                                                    University of Alberta
Submission Deadline:                       November 20th 2016  extended! Now: Dec 1
Notification:                                         December 14th 2016


The Graduate Students Council of the Modern Languages and Cultural Studies department at the University of Alberta invites papers for its annual Connections conference with the theme (Dis)Connections. Please submit academic and creative contributions that explore the relations between languages, communities, cultures, artistic works and concepts. Academic panels will be grouped based on themes and are open to all disciplines across the Social Sciences and Humanities, including but not limited to fields such as Applied Linguistics, Translation and Cultural Studies. The Graduate Students Council welcomes everyone working in those fields, and encourages new graduate students to participate.


Eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
(Charles Eames)


Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:


Academic Contributions:
●      Communication
●      Connection through translation
●      Literary connections
●      Creative nonfiction
●      Politicization of aesthetics
●      Visual culture
●      Digital worlds
Artistic Contributions:
●      Poetry reading
●      Performance art
●      Comics
●      Storytelling
●      Paintings
●      Sculptures
●      Singer/Songwriting

Academic presentations will be 15 minutes in length, followed by a 5-minute discussion period. Panel discussions and round tables will run for 60 minutes.
Artistic contributions can be submitted in addition to academic papers, and will be showcased during the evenings at special venues to be announced.




Academic Contributions:
●      250-word abstract
●      150-word bio
Artistic Contributions:
●      example of creative work (e.g. a photograph or excerpt)
●      150-word bio


Please submit your proposal via this form only by November 20th. If you have any questions, feel free to contact modlang@ualberta.ca. Notifications will be sent by December 14th 2016. Acceptance will be based on content quality, originality, and academic significance.

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: modlang@ualberta.ca 

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 hirschbe@ualberta.ca.

You can also look for us on Facebook: MLCS Connections Graduate Students Conference University of Alberta or visit our website: https://mlcsconnections.wordpress.com/