Sapienza Graduate Forum 2020 (University of Rome)

deadline for submissions: 
January 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Sapienza University of Rome, Department of European, American and Intercultural Studies
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Sapienza Symposium, Department of European, American and Intercultural Studies

28th February 2020

Rome, Italy


It is the 21st century and it is the era when people around the world have had their most travels, some reaching the farthest, the coldest, the highest or even the hottest places on Earth. Travelling has always helped people improve, enhance or use communication skills in order to understand particular behavior, enter into relations, gain cultural knowledge and why not adopt some. With the rise of technology and its spread in each corner of the world, the proliferation of information has been made possible with just one click. Now, it is easier than ever before to be acquainted even with the most unknown, unfamiliar or distant place on the planet in few seconds. 

On the other hand, we live, work, communicate and interact in a growingly globalized space—social, cultural, linguistic and so on. Globalization has largely affected the international exchange of cultures, ideas, values and above all, concepts. Moreover, the various waves of migratory movements, owing not only to globalization, but mostly to political, social and economic crises, call for our attention, to look into the new alignments, definitions and constructions of most social concepts. In view of these, concepts like language as the primary tool for communication, culture as a construct defining and defined by language and community as an integration of both need revisiting.

We invite postgraduate students interested in these issues to join us in the reconsideration of any of the following:

  • Representations of technology in language, literature and culture.
  • Globalization in language, culture and literature.
  • Constructions of new realities, real and imagined, in literature.
  • Language and cultural knowledge as a means to communicate and connect.
  • Identities in the making.
  • Interculturality, culture, and language teaching and learning.
  • Teaching culture in the 21st-century classroom.
  • Multicultural education.
  • Technology, language use, and communication.
  • Social media and social communities.
  • Community languages.
  • Linguistic geographies.
  • Etc.

Papers are welcomed from but are not limited to:

  • World Literature
  • Cultural Studies
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Communication Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Pragmatics
  • Linguistics
  • Semiotics
  • Translation Studies
  • Political Studies
  • Gender and Queer Studies


Proposals for each individual paper should be approx. 300 words long. Please send also a 200- word bio for each participant. Please send your proposal by 15th January 2020 to:

Notification of acceptance: 20th January 2020.

Each presentation should not exceed 20 minutes.

Registration fee for each participant would be 35 Euros.

During the forum there will be two keynote lectures, one held by Frederic Chaume Varela (Full Professor in Audiovisual Translation at Universitat Jaume I, Spain) and one by Elena Lamberti (Associate Professor in Anglo-American Literature at Università di Bologna, Italy).

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