LITERARY, LINGUISTIC AND CULTURAL STUDIES IN A TIME OF CRISIS
Crises are by their very definition recognized in the huge impacts they make upon social relationships, economies, social stratification and transformation of cultural expression. These impacts are depicted by scholarly studies of change in all genres of human expression: crises catalyze new dimensions in language studies, new trends in representational, plastic, and performing arts, in transformations of literary stylistics and themes. Famously, crises have inspired radical changes in the theoretical focus and approach adopted within non-fictional literatures, especially in the social and natural sciences, as well as in academic philosophy. Crisis is reflected in the very constitution of living languages as reflected by specialists working on changes in morphology, semantics and syntax. Historically as well as currently, crises are always managed and subdued through the oralature and folklore, the management of everyday activities, moments of spiritual transformation and religious movements reflected in the everyday lives of indigenous communities.
The School of Languages, College of Humanities, University of Ghana, in collaboration with the Language Centre, Centre for Latin American Studies, Centre for European Studies and Centre for Asian Studies, invites proposals for individual papers and roundtable panels for the 4th School of Languages Conference (SOLCON IV) to be held online from 3 - 5 November 2021 at University of Ghana, Legon.
The conference which is themed “Literary, Linguistic and Cultural Studies in a Time of Crisis” seeks to bring together researchers, scholars, public speakers and students to discuss the theme and related issues through theoretically-nuanced interdisciplinary papers.
- Professor Ato Quayson, Jean G. and Morris M. Doyle Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies; Professor of Comparative Literature; and Head, Department of English, Stanford University
- Professor Veronika Koller, , Lancaster University UK
Proposals addressing any theme concerning the impact of crisis, either strictly bound by the disciplinary structure of a particular specialisation or reflecting cross disciplinary fields of knowledge production, are all warmly welcome:
Panels and papers which reflect the impact of crisis are welcome from linguistics, applied linguistics, interpretation and translation, sign language studies, disability studies, education, gender studies, media and electronic social media studies, theatre, dance, migration studies, politics, philosophy, healthcare, advertising and marketing, law, religions, sports, music, communication, history, philosophy, public relations, psychology, sociology, geography, the natural sciences, technology, agriculture, climate change, computer science
The main language of the conference is English, however panels in other languages such as Ga, Twi, Ewe, French, Spanish, Arabic, etc. are welcome.
Presentation formats will follow a variety of formats:
- 15-minute presentation followed by 5-minute discussion for individuals
- 90-minute (maximum) roundtable panel with minimum of four presenters followed by 30-minute discussion