The University of Alabama Languages Conference

January 31-February 1, 2020

The organizing committee of the tenth annual University of Alabama Languages Conference is pleased to welcome abstract submissions for this year’s conference entitled “Empowering Languages and Cultures” to be held January 31-February 1, 2020 at Hotel Capstone.

Keynote Speakers

 Dr. Sandro Sessarego, University of Texas at Austin

Sandro Sessarego is an Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the Foro Latinoamericano de Antropología del Derecho, the Institut Universitari de Drets Humans de la Universitat de València, and the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. His investigation of the Afro-Latino Vernaculars of the Americas (ALVAs) combines linguistic, legal,  sociohistorical, and anthropological insights to cast light on the nature and origins of these contact varieties.

 Dr. John Maddox, University of Alabama at Birmingham

John MaddoxJohn T. Maddox IV is Assistant Professor of Spanish and African American Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He obtained a combined PhD in Spanish and Portuguese at Vanderbilt University in 2014. He has taught the Spanish and Portuguese languages along with literature of the African Diaspora, Brazil, and other aspects of Latin American culture. He has published widely on the Hispanic Caribbean and Brazil. His forthcoming book with Bucknell University Press, Challenging the Black Atlantic, shows how two contemporary novelists, Afro-Colombian Manuel Zapata Olivella and Afro-Brazilian Ana Maria Gonçalves challenge Paul Gilroy’s Black Atlantic paradigm of diaspora. It comes out this fall.


We invite abstracts about all languages and all areas of Literature and Linguistics, including, but not limited to:

  • Classical Literature
  • Renaissance Literature
  • Medieval Literature and Culture
  • Early Modern Literature and Culture
  • 18th and 19th Century Literature and Culture
  • 20th and 21st Century Literature and Culture
  • Feminism and Women Writers
  • Queer and Gender Studies
  • Transatlantic and Intercultural Studies
  • Storytelling, Mythology, and Memory
  • Film and Visual arts


  • Anthropological Linguistics
  • Bilingualism and Code-switching
  • Historical and Comparative Linguistics
  •  L1, L2, L3 Acquisition and Pedagogy
  • Languages in Contact
  • Non-verbal Communication, Sign Language
  • Phonetics, Phonology, and Dialectology
  • Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics
  • Sociolinguistics, Psycholinguistics
  • Study Abroad


We invite faculty and students to submit proposals for 20-minute presentations as well as organized panels with three or four participants. Suggestions for panels must include each individual presenter’s abstract along with a brief description of the panel theme.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words (not including tables, graphs, or references) through EasyAbs at

Abstracts themselves should not contain any identifying information. However, please submit the following information for each presenter to the EasyAbs system when uploading the abstract:

  • Name, affiliation, and email address
  • Title of presentation
  • Multimedia requests, if any
  • For panels: names of other panel members

The deadline for proposal submission is November 22nd, 2019.

The recommended language for presentations is English.

Any inquiries regarding the possibility of presenting in other languages should be addressed to


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