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Symposium Schedule


All talks will take place at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona

1:00-2:15 Registration and Refreshments served

2:15-3:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks (Prof. Aslı Iğsız, School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies & Prof. David Gramling, Department of German Studies)

3:00-4:00  Michael Holquist, Emeritus Professor of Comparative and Slavic Literature, Yale University, "What Would Bakhtin Do?" (Introduced by Dean Mary Wildner-Bassett, College of Humanities)

4:00-4:30 Coffee Break

4:30-5:30 Mary Louise Pratt, Silver Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures, "If English was good enough for Jesus' — Monolinguismo y mala fe" (Introduced by Prof. Javier Durán, Director, Confluence Center for Creative Inquiry)

5:30-6:30 Plenum Discussion (Moderated by Prof. Abraham Acosta, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and Prof. Aslı Iğsız, School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies)

7:00-9:30 Reception at Casa Vicente (Barrio Viejo) including a Poetry Reading by Renato Rosaldo, from his new volume Diego Luna's Insider Tips (Many Mountains Moving Press, 2012)


8:45-9:00 Opening Remarks (Prof. Chantelle Warner, Department of German Studies)

9:00-11:00 Multilingualism Practiced (Moderated by Prof. Kimberly Jones, Associate Dean of the College of Humanities, Department of East Asian Studies)

Rohini Srihari, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Buffalo, "Multilingual Text Mining: Lost in Translation, Found in Native Language Mining"

Laura Callahan, Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics, City College and Graduate Center, CUNY, City College and Graduate Center, CUNY,  "Preconstructed vs. Discursive Negotiation of Group and Individual Identities"

Don Kulick, Professor of Anthropology, University of Chicago, "On the Benefits of Working in a Language One Doesn’t Know"

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-12:30 Deborah Cameron, "The one, the many and the Other: representing mono/multilingualism in post- 9/11 verbal hygiene" (Introduced by Associate Dean Vincent Del Casino, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences)

12:30-2:30 Lunch Break (see here for a list of restaurants near campus)

2:30-4:30 Multilingualism Simulated (Moderated by Prof. Yaseen Noorani, School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies)

Yasemin Yildiz, Assistant Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois, "The Monolingual Paradigm and the Postmonolingual Condition"

Glenn Levine, Associate Professor of German and Faculty Director, UCI Center for International Education, University of California at Irvine, "Can Multilingualism Be Simulated? Languages and Cultures as Moving Targets Inside and Beyond the Classroom"

Brian Lennon, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Pennsylvania State University, "Can Multilingualism be Simulated?"

4:30-5:00 Coffee Break

5:00-6:00 Claire Kramsch, Professor of German and Foreign Language Education, University of California at Berkeley, "Authenticity and Legitimacy in Multilingual Second Language Acquisition (SLA)" (Introduced by Prof. Linda Waugh, Department of French and Italian, Department of English)



8:45-9:00 Opening Remarks (Prof. Abraham Acosta, Department of Spanish and Portuguese)

9:00-11:00 Multilingualism Invented (Moderated by Prof. Peter Ecke, Department of German Studies)

Thomas Paul Bonfiglio, William Judson Gaines Professor of Comparative Literature and Linguistics, University of Richmond, "The Invention of the Native Speaker"

Tom Ricento, Professor and Research Chair, University of Calgary, English as an Additional Language, "Language Policy, Political Theory, and English as a ‘Global’ Language"

Carol Pfaff, Professor of Linguistics, Freie Universität Berlin, "Ideologies, Policies, and Practices of Multilingualism: Perspectives from Germany in the 21st Century"

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-12:30 Anthony Pym, Monterey Institute of International Studies and Universitat Roviri i Virgili, Tarragonia, Catalonia, Spain, "Translation as a Tool of  Multilingual Inculturation" (Introduced by Prof. Sonia Colina, Department of Spanish and Portuguese)

12:30-2:00 Lunch Break (see here for a list of restaurants near campus)

2:00-4:00 Multilingualism Unmoored (Moderated by Prof. Barbara Kosta, Department of German Studies)

Alison Phipps, Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies, University of Glasgow and Co-Convener of Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network, "Unmoored: Language Pain, Porosity and Poisonwood"

Joshua Miller, Associate Professor, Department of English Language & Literature, University of Michigan, "Homo Diaspora: Reading Futurist Language Fictions as Translational Histories"

Randall Halle, Klaus W. Jones Professor of German Film and Cultural Studies, University of Pittsburgh, "Polyglot Film: The Primacy of Visual Communication"

4:00-4:15 Closing Remarks and Adieu (Prof. Chantelle Warner, Department of German Studies)