Call for Papers: "Liminality in Literature and Language: Affect and Migration," Temple University Department of Spanish and Portuguese

deadline for submissions: 
February 20, 2020
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Call for Papers


Liminality in Literature and Language: Affect and Migration

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Student Conference April 10, 2020


New Submission Deadline: February 3, 2020


We are pleased to announce the FIRST ANNUAL GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Temple University. We invite proposals from graduate students, professors, and independent scholars concerning liminal spaces in literature and other forms of cultural production, intersections of race, class, and gender, analyses of mobilizations and transgressions of borders, environmental and political crises, and social movements.


This year’s conference theme is liminality due to the political, socioeconomic, and ecological crises of our present. The problems of liminality intersect and organize spaces and our understandings of others and ourselves, of humans and nonhumans. As we reach a global tipping point, engaged reflection on the epistemological and political ramifications of our current circumstances—and the conditions which have produced them—are critically and ethically necessary. We will consider a variety of topics including, but not limited to, scholarship in the following areas in literature, cultural studies, and/or linguistics:



The Anthropocene



Border and Migration Studies

Cognitive Linguistics

Critical Disability Studies

Critical Race Theories

Decolonial Theories


Environmental Studies

Feminist and Gender Theories

Heritage Language Education

Latinx Studies

Media Studies

Political Economy

Political Theology

Postcolonial Theories

The Posthuman


Religious Studies

Rhetoric and Stylistics

Second Language Acquisition





Transoceanic Studies

Translation Studies

YA and Children’s Literature



Using the Google Form below, please submit abstracts of no longer than 250 words by January 13, 2020

We encourage presentations in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. However, please submit your abstract in English or Spanish.


For additional information, please do not hesitate to contact


The conference is free and is open to the public.