AATSEEL Call for Papers for the 2014 ConferenceThe AATSEEL National Meeting is a forum for scholarly exchange of ideas in all areas of Slavic and East/Central European languages, literatures, linguistics, cultures, and pedagogy. The Program Committee invites scholars in these and related areas to form panels around specific topics, organize roundtable discussions, propose forums on instructional materials, and/or submit proposals for individual presentations for the 2014 Conference, which will be held on January 9-12, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The conference regularly includes panels in the following areas:
Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Historical Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Semantics, Dialectology, Sociolinguistics, Cognitive Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, and Linguistics and Pedagogy.
Pedagogy and Second Language Acquisition
Second Language Acquisition, Empirical Studies in Language Learning, Study Abroad, Teaching of Individual Skills (pronunciation, reading, listening, writing, speaking), Content-based Instruction (in film, history, politics, culture, literature, etc.), Curriculum Design, Language Teaching for Special Purposes, Teaching of Languages other than Russian (Polish, Czech, BCS, Romanian, etc.), Use of Technology in Language Teaching.
Literature and Culture
Individual Writers and Poets (Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Akhmatova, Bulgakov, Nabokov and others), Themes (history and literature, travelogues, gendered readings, etc.), Critical approaches (including various theoretical approaches), Genre (avtorskaia pesnia, ode, drama), Periods (medieval to contemporary), Culture, Film, Dance, Music, Philosophy, and Religion.
How To Submit A Proposal
The Program Committee will accept proposals for the following six formats:
Each proposal will be reviewed by the Program Committee. Proposals for all formats should not exceed 300 words, but a successful, effective proposal for any format can certainly be shorter.
Proposals for individual papers must identify a problem that needs solving in the fields of linguistics, pedagogy, literature, and/or culture, or present a hypothesis that sheds light on the interpretation of a text or body of texts. It should outline the author's plan for defending the paper’s hypothesis or advancing an interpretation. An abstract should not provide more than minimal background to the issue addressed in the paper, unless the background itself is the issue, and should not give more than a brief suggestion of the paper’s conclusions.
Proposals for fully-formed panels in Pedagogy and Second Language Acquisition or in Literature and Culture (for panel proposals in Linguistics, see below) will now contain, in addition to a panel title, the titles of individual papers and names and email addresses of presenters, chair, and discussant (if there is one), a single paragraph-long statement, prepared by the panel organizer (who can also serve as one of the presenters, the chair, or the discussant). This single-paragraph proposal should also not exceed 300 words, and like a paper proposal it can be shorter. It must contain a concise description of the rationale for bringing the individual papers together as a panel and describe briefly how each paper fits into the discussion.
No individual proposals for papers submitted as part of a fully-formed panel in Pedagogy and Second Language Acquisition or in Literature and Culture need to be included at the time the panel is proposed. If a panel proposal is accepted by the Program Committee, the organizer will be responsible for obtaining from each participant a description of each paper for inclusion in the program book, and sending in those descriptions to the Program Committee Chair by September 30, 2013. These descriptions, like individual proposals, should outline the author’s plan for defending the paper’s hypothesis or advancing an interpretation. If a description is not sent for an individual paper on an accepted panel, that paper may be deleted from the program.
Proposals for fully-formed panels in Linguistics should contain a concise description of the panel, consisting of a rationale for bringing the individual papers together as a panel and brief description of how each paper fits into the theme of the panel. Effective 2012, proposals for fully-formed panels in Linguistics must also contain a standard abstract for each individual paper in the panel. Panel proposals in Linguistics may be composed of the following participants:
a chair and 3 single- or co-authored papers
Proposals for poetry readings should contain brief descriptions of the participants’ particular scholarly or creative interests and expertise.
Proposal deadlines are April 15, 2013 and July 1, 2013.
The first deadline allows for revision and resubmission of proposals, should reviewers deem that necessary. The second deadline does not allow for resubmission. Proposals should be no longer than 300 words. Detailed guidelines for proposals and published program abstracts from past years are available on the AATSEEL website.
The Program Committee notes that all conference participants must be AATSEEL members in good standing or request a membership waiver. Membership can be renewed online on the AATSEEL website. Authors must be members in good standing or have a waiver in order to receive the results of proposal review.
Please contact the area heads below with questions on submitting in each of the respective areas:
Prof. Robert Channon
Pedagogy and Second Language Acquisition
Prof. Victoria Hasko
Literature and Culture
Prof. Alexander Burry
Literature and Culture Division Heads
Pre-1900: Nina Lee Bond, Columbia University
AATSEEL Membership and Conference Pre-registration. In conformity with AATSEEL's bylaws, all conference participants must be members of AATSEEL in good standing and must pre-register for the conference by September 30, 2013. In particular:
AATSEEL Membership: Notification of acceptance of proposals will be sent only to AATSEEL members in good standing.
Conference Registration: Conference participants who have not pre-registered by September 30 may be deleted from the conference program.
Exceptions to Membership Requirement: Non-Slavists may apply to the Executive Director, Elizabeth Durst (email@example.com) for exemption from the membership requirement, which will be determined on an individual basis. Please request exemption from the membership requirement when you submit your proposal, so as not to delay acceptance.
Exemptions to Conference Registration: Colleagues from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union for whom the conference cost would prove a significant financial hardship may apply to the Executive Director, Elizabeth Durst (firstname.lastname@example.org) for exemption from the registration requirement, which will be determined on an individual basis. Please request exemption from the registration requirement when you submit your proposal, so as to avoid being excluded from the program for failure to register. In addition, poets participating in the Poetry Reading who are not Slavists and are not taking part elsewhere in the program are exempt from the conference registration requirement, as well as the AATSEEL membership requirement.
Questions regarding the proposal process should be sent to Alexander Burry.