Call for Papers

March 30, 2017 (All day) to March 31, 2017 (All day)

This bi-annual conference for undergraduate students is organized and hosted by The Modern Languages programs at the University of Pittsburgh and will feature one prominent keynote speaker in addition to the papers presented by undergraduates.


Do you want to share your ideas with other undergraduate students? Or get feedback on a paper? Maybe you are

considering graduate school in one of the modern languages and want to get some conference experience and

practice your presentation skills? Then consider sending an abstract to the exciting conference we are planning at

the University of Pittsburgh. Abstracts should be sent to, by December 9 2016. Deadline for abstracts has been extended to January 6, 2017.




The conference papers should address the concept of cultural migrations in the broadest sense of the term, that is,

immigrations and emigrations in real and virtual space linked to the movements of people(s), language(s) and

culture(s). We are looking for multiple disciplinary, geographic, and historical perspectives reflecting the conflicts

and the opportunities created by the shifting flows of populations, languages and cultural traditions, throughout the

ages and in the contemporary world. The language of the conference will be English but we welcome papers

addressing Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish languages and cultures.

Topics could include:

Multilingual societies and their conflicts ("language wars") and advantages

Linguistic landscapes and their evolution

Translation as a political tool

Literatures of the diaspora

Circulation of texts through multiple areas and in multiple languages

Travel literature through the ages

Exiles, migrants, and refugees

Processes of acculturation

The politics of literary prizes

Films and the problems of cultural translation


Papers should be twenty minutes long. Papers will be selected by a selection committee that includes

undergraduates from the University of Pittsburgh. Students who submit abstracts will be notified by January 15

2017. Limited travel subsidies will be available!