The 2020 AATSEEL conference in San Diego was a great success and we have already started planning our next annual conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We are expecting an excellent lineup of workshops, thematic streams and special presentations in 2021.
The 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 2021 Conference, which will be held February 25-28, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 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.
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.
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.
The Program Committee will accept proposals for the following six formats:
All prospective participants are strongly encouraged to consult the 2021 Conference Proposal Guidelines for additional information and to answer any questions. Additional questions about the proposal submission and decision processes may be directed to the Program Committee Chair, Ainsley Morse (email@example.com).
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 the online program, and sending in those descriptions to the Program Committee Chair by September 30, 2020. 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:
Proposal deadlines are April 15, 2020 and August 1, 2020.Multiple Participation There is no limit on how many times a member can appear on the program. Participants are limited to one single-authored paper in the general conference and one single-authored paper in each stream session (“A” and “B”); however, a member presenting a single-authored paper may also present a co-authored paper, as long as at least one additional co-author is registered and present at the conference (in other words, as long as the second paper results in registration for and attendance at the conference by an additional person).
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 in a proposal must be AATSEEL members in good standing (or request a membership waiver) for the proposal to be sent out for review. Membership can be renewed online on the AATSEEL website.
Please contact the area heads below with questions on submitting in each of the respective areas:
Head of the Stream division
Dr. Meghan Murphy-Lee
Foreign Languages and Literature
Curtin Hall 824
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413
Assistant to the Chair of Program Committee
The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
688 Sherbrooke Street West, Room 425
Montreal, Quebec H3A 3R1
Prof. Robert Channon
School of Languages and Cultures
640 Oval Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Pedagogy and Second Language Acquisition
Julia Mikhailova, Ph.D
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of Toronto
121 St. Joseph Street, AH 413
Phone: (416) 926-1300 (ext.3217)
Fax: (416) 926-2076
Literature and Culture
Professor of Russian Literature and Film
McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building
6135 University Ave.
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Literature and Culture Division Heads
Pre-1900: Victoria Juharyan, Middlebury College
1900-1950: Colleen McQuillen, University of Southern California
1950- : Molly Thomasy Blasing, University of Kentucky
Film and Media: Olga Mesropova, Iowa State University
Central and Eastern European: Kristin Bidoshi, Union College
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 January 10, 2021.
AATSEEL Membership: Notification of acceptance of proposals will be sent only to AATSEEL members in good standing. Membership expires June 30th each year. Presenters at the conference must have current memberships.
Conference Registration: Conference participants who have not pre-registered by January 10, 2021 may be deleted from the conference program.
Exceptions to Membership Requirement:
Non-Slavists may apply to the Executive Director, Elizabeth Durst
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.