Connecting the Dots in a Glocalized World (Extended Deadline)
November 3-5 2016 Oman
Department of English Language and Literature
Sultan Qaboos University
Extended Call Deadline: 25 April 2016
Connecting the Dots in a Glocalized World 2016 will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas in the four main disciplines of language, linguistics, literature and translation. As the title for the conference suggests, the aim is to focus on the relationship between global themes and local practices, highlighting the under-examined interactions that occur as globalization takes on negotiated forms in different contexts. With an emphasis on interdisciplinary studies and methodologies, the conference will centralize both research that theorizes the links between the local and the global and research that shows, through practical evidence, how local and global interact. Proposals that aim to address either of these two areas, and which emphasize exploratory, experimental research or reconstructed concepts, frameworks of analysis, or approaches, are particularly welcome.
Proposals which fall outside the focus of the conference, but within the disciplines of language, linguistics, literature and translation, will also be considered.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers
• Jan Blommaert (Linguistics), Tilburg University, The Netherlands
• Michael Cronin (Translation), Dublin City University, Ireland
• Ian Almond (Literature), Georgetown University, Qatar
• Rani Rubdy (Language), Independent Scholar
Sample conference themes include the following, but a wide range of proposals is invited:
• Language, culture and globalization
• Global teaching policies and local norms
• Language commodification and ideologies
• Globalizing technologies and the language classroom
• Social media and identity
• Language acquisition and migrant populations
• Language change and the media
• Global/local language adaptation
• Localizing global/world literatures
• Arabic and non-Western literature in a globalized world
• Literature from the diaspora
• The sociolinguistics of literature
• Issues in local/global translation
• Translating culturally remote literature
• Translation and multimodal texts
• Machine translation and the web
Extended Call Deadline: 25 April 2016
Proposals are invited for papers (20 +10 minutes discussion).
To submit your abstract, please send an email (with a Word attachment) to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org by the relevant submission deadline. Please include ALL the following information, numbered:
1. Name, title and affiliation (university/college/etc)
2. Full address (include country), email and telephone (include country code)
3. Title of paper/presentation
4. Areas which the paper/presentation links (please be precise)
5. Brief outline of the paper/presentation for inclusion in the conference program (100 words max)
6. Full abstract for the review committee (500 words max)
7. Up to five relevant keywords
In common with previous conferences organized by the Department of English Language and Literature, it is intended that an edited collection of papers from the conference will be published. Accepted presenters will need to submit their paper for publication in early February 2017. Further details will be provided in due course.
Sultan Qaboos University, Oman’s largest and most prestigious institution of higher learning, is located 45km from Muscat. The university offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees to approximately 16,000 students.
Oman, a peaceful nation on the Arabian Gulf in the Middle East, is hailed as the jewel of Arabia. It has landscape covering desert, riverbed oases and long coastlines. The capital city, Muscat, is home to the majestic Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Royal Opera House Muscat, and the old waterfront Mutrah bazaar.