XXXV APEAA Conference Diversities? Inequalities? Challenges in the Construction of an Inclusive Society 10-11 April 2014

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Portuguese Association for Anglo-American Studies (APEAA)/ School of Education and Communication, University of the Algarve
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Shafilea Ahmed, Adam Goodes, Rachel Jeantel, Torres Strait Islanders, the Miwok people: names and communities lost in the interstices of cultures, in the fissures of the mosaic that forms the complex cultural pattern of contemporary societies. Is intercultural exchange truly possible in societies riddled with social and cultural tensions of every sort? Identities are now more fluid, less easily definable, demanding new articulations, new dialogues. And yet, some communities seem unable to engage in a dialogue traversing cultural borders and fostering the appreciation of diversity as the cornerstone of a more just and humane society.

Multicultural and intercultural interactions have become part of everyday life and have brought new challenges for society as well as for education practices and educational politics. In this context, words such as «multicultural» and «intercultural» are often voiced and the number of publications on this topic has increased over the last decades. Despite this fact, there is still a great need for research in this area to help us deal with and overcome the challenges placed by the diversity and inequality in a society that we wish to be inclusive.

The aim of the conference is to explore the following and related themes. We, therefore, welcome contributions on the following topics:
◦Anglo-Portuguese and Portuguese-American relations
◦The day-to-day experience of multiculturalism in language and literature teaching contexts
◦Intercultural misunderstandings and mishaps
◦Intercultural competence: definitions and theoretical concepts
◦Ongoing research and approaches on teaching related to multicultural issues
◦Cultural and language issues related to migration

Keynote speakers:

James A. Banks

Barbara Bagilhole

Mário Jorge Torres

John Naysmith

Submission information

If you are interested in submitting a paper, we kindly invite you to send us an abstract (max.250 words) with a clear title, short bionote (max. 150 words) and contact details by March 7, 2014, to:

Languages of the Conference: English and Portuguese

Time allocated for each presentation: 30 minutes (including 10 minutes for discussion)

Publication Opportunities:

Selected papers will be published in a peer-reviewed volume entitled Diversities? Inequalities? Challenges in the Construction of an Inclusive Society. The other papers may further be invited for publication in the following journals:
•Dos Algarves. A Multidisciplinary e-Journal (indexed to DOAJ, EBSCO and Latindex);
•Estrema: Revista Interdisciplinar de Humanidades (CEC – FLUL);
•Op. Cit.: A Journal of Anglo-American Studies (APEAA).

Papers will only be published if all authors register in the conference and at least one author attends the conference.

Organizing Committee:
António Lopes (ESEC – UAlg)
Conceição Bravo (FCHS – UAlg)
João Carvalho (ESEC – UAlg)
Maria José Marques (ESGHT – UAlg)
Rita Baleiro (ESGHT – UAlg)
Sílvia Quinteiro (ESGHT – UAlg)

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