Embodying Transitions Beings and Becomings

Date: 15-Oct-2018
From: Matthew Burner <>
Subject: Embodying Transitions Beings and Becomings
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Full Title: Embodying Transitions Beings and Becomings

Date: 06-Mar-2019 – 09-Mar-2019
Location: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Contact Person: Ana Hidalgo del Rosario
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English; Portuguese; Spanish

Call Deadline: 14-Dec-2018

Meeting Description:

Transitions and states of inbetween-ness offer us an opportunity to reconsider the restrictions of binary concepts and the hegemonic discourses that often accompany them. An exploration of these states of change and shifting existences is enriched through a study of literary discourse, linguistic complications, and artistic and cultural representations. These transitory modes encourage our contemplation of their existence and formation. They allow us to consider how they arrived to such a point (if they have indeed arrived at all) and to contemplate the nature of questioning and engaging with the process of naming said becomings. Such states of becoming can be sudden and unexpected or span long periods of time and great contemplation. These acts of transition engage with, interrogate, and create a space to examine established structural notions that have endured linguistic, historical, and cultural representations. What happens within such states of change/fracture/becoming? What value can be found by remaining in the threshold? What is the importance of naming and calling out these transitions?

Call for Papers:

We invite those interested from any field to submit proposals that explore the theme of transitions. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Affect Studies, Alterity Animal Studies, Art and Activism, Art in the Anthropocene, Bilingualism, Citizenship & Immigration, Code-Switching, Counterculture & Dissidence, Ecocriticism, First/Second Language Acquisition, Gender & Women’s Studies, Heritage Language Studies, Linguistic Variation, Minority Languages, Performance, Posthumanist Approaches to Art, Queer Studies, Race & Ethnicity, Visual Culture…

We welcome panels and individual presentations in English, Portuguese, or Spanish that theorize, critique, or re-contextualize the conference theme from medieval to contemporary times. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes in length (7-8 typed pages, double-spaced). Proposals containing a 200-250 word abstract, up to 3 keywords and a brief biography that includes institutional/organization affiliation and contact information may be submitted at

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