Call for Papers

Call for Papers:
Recovery, Relapse, and Withdrawal
3rd Annual Spanish & Portuguese Department Graduate Student Conference University of Colorado at Boulder
Friday, April 5 & Saturday, April 6

This conference will explore the ways in which spoken and written words extend recovery, relapse, and withdrawal beyond science, medicine, and the body. We will bring together speakers from diverse disciplines to explore new uses of these terms with respect to language, literature, culture, and analysis. In so doing, we will consider the following questions:

  • Can words be therapeutic? How do speaking and writing allow people to come to terms with traumatic experiences? How do they prevent people from doing so?
  • Are we addicted to language?
  • What different types of “bodies” experience illness, disorder, and addiction?
  • Since concepts linked to addiction and rehabilitation may be anachronistic for medieval and early modern studies, how might compulsion or incontinence function during these time periods?
  • In what ways does bilingualism take part in systems of loss, recovery and revitalization?
  • What types of relationships and experiences do recovery, relapse, and withdrawal produce?
  • How do languages recover or become recovered?
  • What happens when recovery becomes a perpetual, unchanging state?
  • How does the idea of relapse affect language variation and change, perception, frequency of use, recall, lexical representations, or lexical priming?
  • How do literary texts respond to cultural practices associated with these terms?

    We are interested in finding points of contact among translation, early modern theory, hybridity, affiliations, post‐war cultures, usage‐based phonology and morpho‐syntax, bilingualism, language maintenance and loss, lexical priming, sociolinguistics, diachronic linguistics, trauma, genre, and gender.

    Paper and panel proposals:

    The deadline for submitting abstracts is January 18, 2013. Abstracts should be limited to 250 words and 500 words for panels. Papers and panels may deal with any number of themes and topics associated with recovery, relapse, and withdrawal. They may be written in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.

    Conference Goals:

    Our keynote speaker will be Arturo Aldama, Associate Chair and Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. The conference will conclude with a summary analysis and roundtable discussion led by Nina Molinaro, Associate Professor of Spanish and Associate Director of the Undergraduate Honors Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. She will offer a synthesis of the questions raised throughout the weekend and consider possible areas for continued investigation. In this way our conference will foster conversation between graduate students, faculty respondents, panel chairs, and the community. We will establish an interdisciplinary environment that will consist of, but not be limited to, the fields of cultural studies, film, gender, history, literature, linguistics, and theory.

    Contact Information:

    Please send your paper titles and abstracts to: Feel free to contact the conference organizers at the same address. You may also visit our website, for continually updated information. We look forward to your contributions!