Conference: Building Bridges in the City and Beyond

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Wed Jun 6 14:42:03 UTC 2007

Building Bridges in the City and Beyond

Date: 11-Apr-2008 - 12-Apr-2008
Location: Baltimore, MD, USA
Contact Person: Christine Mallinson
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Call Deadline: 31-Aug-2007

'Building Bridges in the City and Beyond: Languages, Communities, and
Cultures' is an interdisciplinary conference hosted by the Language,
Literacy, and Culture Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore
County. The goal of this conference is to build bridges among educators,
scholars, artists, activists, residents, city planners, and public officials
whose respective work engages  issues of 'the city' or 'city life.' Featured
plenary speaker: Dr. Barbara
Johnstone of Carnegie Mellon. The conference will have two main thrusts: 1)
to foster cross-disciplinary dialogue about issues of language, community,
and culture in the contemporary
city and its surroundings; and 2) to promote dialogue about these issues as
they relate specifically to Baltimore City. Interested participants are
encouraged to submit proposals for individual papers, panels, workshops,
exhibits, discussion circles or breakout sessions.

Possible topics include:

Art, Borders, Cities/Counties, Citizenship, Communication, Communities,
Cultures, Ethnography, Filmmaking, Genders, Gentrification, Geographies,
Graffiti, Identities, Immigrants, Intercultural, Languages, Literacy,
Mapping, Murals, Neighborhoods, Outsiders and Outlaws, Places, Planning,
Policy, Political Economy, Pragmatics, Public Discourse, Storytelling,
Spaces, Sexualities, Urban/Suburban, Verbal/Visual

Papers and presentations will be selected for inclusion on the basis of
merit. All submissions must contain the following information for all
proposed speakers.

E-mail address
Mailing address, phone, and fax number
Title of paper or presentation
Brief description / summary of paper or presentation (250-300 words)

Organizers of panels, workshops, discussion circles or breakout sessions
must provide the above information for each participant, together with their
own contact information, and a brief description/summary (250-300 words) of
the overall rationale for the proposed panel or session.

Deadline for submission: 31 August 2007

The preferred method of communication is e-mail. Be sure to include your
e-mail address when contacting conference organizers. Please send abstracts
or for other information, please contact:

Dr. Christine Mallinson
University of Maryland Baltimore County
Language, Literacy and Culture Program

Dr. Denis M. Provencher
University of Maryland Baltimore County
Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics

Information updates will be posted regularly on the UMBC Language, Literacy,
and Culture Program website:

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