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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

American Studies Association of Turkey 34th International American Studies Conference

The American Studies Association of Turkey invites submissions for the 34th International American Studies Conference, "The Art of Language: Cultural Expressions in American Studies", November 3-5, 2010 in Alanya, Turkey. Proposals for papers, panels, performances, exhibits, and other modes of creative expression are due: June 30, 2010.

American Studies Association of Turkey 34th International American Studies Conference
November 3-5, 2010
Alanya, Turkey
Confirmed Speakers:
Shirley Geok-Lin Lim
Cherrie Moraga
Celia Herrera Rodriguez
According to American poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Thought
is the blossom; language the bud; and action the fruit behind it."
Without language in all of its forms--oral, written, visual, and
symbolic--there would be no way to translate thoughts into political
action or personal expression. In many branches of American Studies,
language itself has become a form of art--the vehicle through which
those in the mainstream and in the margins have communicated their
histories, cultures and visions of the future. Socially-constructed
and thus almost always political in nature, language not only allows
individuals to develop an understanding of their environment(s), but
also permits them to engage in the shaping of their own landscapes.
Language is thus intrinsic to the expression of culture. Not only does
it convey values, beliefs and customs, but it also has an important
social function in that it fosters sentiments of collective identity
and solidarity. It is the means through which culture and its
traditions are preserved and transferred from generation to
generation. Consequently, as languages disappear, cultures, and their
numerous layers of representation, also wither away and die, for gone
are the mechanisms that translate thought into experience. Conversely,
language also has the power to produce and unite, serving as the
currency for cross-cultural exchange, the adaptation of new rites and
rituals, and the transformation of individuals into global citizens.
The American Studies Association of Turkey invites proposals that
consider the art of language as a cultural expression, broadly
conceived. We particularly encourage abstracts which incorporate
transdisciplinary explorations of the subject, and welcome submissions
from any branch of American Studies. Possible themes include, but are
not limited to:
• Music as a language of cultural expression
• Indigenous languages and cultures/language revitalization
• Multilingualism/multiculturalism
• The politics of language and culture
• Trans or intercultural languages
• English as the global language/"American" as the global culture?
• Cultural expression in speech behavior
• Cultural outcomes/products of language (hybridity, creolization,
metissage, mestizaje)
• The manipulation of language for cultural/political purposes
• Race, language and culture
• Semiotics/semantics/sign language
• Visual language/visual culture/aesthetics
• The visual word (comic books/graphic novels/political cartoons)
• Art, language and culture
• Literature and cultural expression
• Food and clothing as cultural expressions
• Ecolinguistics
• Performance as a language of cultural expression
• Oral traditions (griots, storytelling, folktales, street poetry) as
cultural expressions
• Domestic arts (quilting, weaving, pottery, and needlework) as
cultural expressions
• Language and American identity
• The body as a language of cultural expression
• Self-writing (travel writing, journals, diaries, and memoirs) as
cultural expressions
• Translation/interpretation/adaptation of language
• Language as cultural resistance/subversion
• Design/architecture as languages of cultural expression
• Artificial languages/constructed languages/technolanguages
• Pedagogical applications of language and culture
• The limits of language, especially for cultural expression
The time allowance for all presentations is 20 minutes. An additional
10 minutes will be provided for discussion.
Proposals for papers, panels, performances, exhibits, and other modes
of creative expression should be sent to Tanfer Emin Tunc (
asat2007@gmail.com ) and should consist of a 250-300 word abstract in
English, as well as a 1-2 paragraph biographical description for each
Deadline for submission of proposals: June 30, 2010
Notification for acceptance of proposals: August 1, 2010
In Cooperation with the Embassy of the United States and the City of Alanya