The University of Alabama Languages Conference

February 19-20, 2021

The organizing committee of the eleventh annual University of Alabama Languages Conference is pleased to welcome abstract submissions for this year’s conference entitled “Embracing Language in a Changing World” to be held virtually February 19-20, 2021.

Keynote Speakers

Nathalie Hester is an Associate Professor of Italian and French and the Director of European Studies at the University of Oregon. Her research interest includes Renaissance and Baroque literature, travel literature, early modern French and Italian historiography, and early modern Italian convent culture. She is the author of Literature and Identity in Italian Baroque Travel Writing (2016), focused on seventeenth-century Italian travel writing.

Barbara Zecchi is Professor of Film Studies in the Dept. of Languages Literatures and Cultures, and Director of the Film Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of nine volumes and director of more than ten video productions. She is the co-founder of the international research network CinemAGEnder and in 2011 she launched Gynocine: an extensive study of Spanish women filmmakers. (

Kevin Rottet is an Adjunct Associate Professor of French and Italian at Indiana University Bloomington. His research focuses on three different settings where an endangered minority language is in intense contact with a socially dominant world language. Rottet has published five different books, and is currently working on an etymological/historical dictionary of Louisiana French.


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 you to submit proposals for 20-minute individual presentations as well as organized panels with three or four participants. Suggestions for panels must include individual presenter’s abstract along with a brief description of the panel theme (up to 300 words).

Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to

Abstracts themselves should not contain any identifying information.

The deadline for proposal submission is December 31, 2020.

Presentations should be given in English, French, German or Spanish.

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

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