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Call for Papers: Exploring Space in the Middle Ages 2018 Medieval Association of the Midwest Conference, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

We invite submissions of abstracts (c. 250 words) for the 2018 Medieval Association of the Midwest Conference, to be held at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, October 4-6, 2018. The Middle Ages are broadly perceived conceptually in the cultural imagination, as occupying a place “in the middle” of bookend periods. The perception, recognition, and analysis of space in relation to this period of time covers a wide range of topics, including, but not restricted to: Space and nation; space, place and identity; extra-terrestrial space; the body in space; cartography; space beyond the senses; digital humanities projects involving space; occupying space; textual space; sound and space in the context of acoustics; medievalisms: creating a new medieval space. We also welcome abstracts on topics which are not directly related to the theme of the conference. Please send abstracts, queries, and questions, to by June 30, 2018.

Congratulations to Thomas Broden, professor of French 

on co-editing two special issues of a peer-reviewed international journal, Semiotica: Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Semiotique (Berlin: De Gruyter).

For more information click HERE.

Congratulations to John Sundquist, associate professor of German and linguistics and chair of German and Russian

For winning the Charles B. Murphy Outstantding Undergraduate Teaching Award.

For more information click HERE.

Congratulations to Erin Moodie, assistant professor of Classics

For winning the 2018 Ladislaus J. Bolchazy Pedagogy Book Award for her published guide to Plautus' Roman comedy Poenulus (The Little carthaginian).

For more information click HERE. Prof. Moodie was also recently awarded the Kenneth T. Kofmehl Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Congratulations to Alejandro Cuza, professor of Spanish and Linguistics

On his newest publication: Cuban Spanish DialectologyL Language Variation and Change (Georgetown University Press, 2017).

For more information click HERE.

Congratulations to Madeleine M. Henry, professor and head of the School of Languages and Cultures 

On the publication of Alantis Otherwise:Receptions of the Classics in the africanDiaspora of the Hispanopone and Lusophone Worlds (Elisa G. Rizo and Madeline M. Henry, Rowman & Littlefield 2016).

For more information click HERE.

Congratulations to John Sundquist, Associate Professor of German in the School of Languages and Cultures

For being selected as a College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Graduate Teacher for 2016-2017.

Congratulations to Jennifer Marston William, professor in the School of Languages and Cultures

On the recent publication of her monograph, Cognitive approaches to German Historical Film: Seeing is Not Believing (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

For more information click HERE.

Congratulations to Alejandro Cuza, associate professor of Spanish linguistics, Lori Czerwionka, assistant professor of Spanish and linguistics, and Daniel J. Olson, assistant professor of Spanish and linguistics

For their new volume  "Inquiries in Hispanic Linguistics: From Theory to Empirical Evidence", published by John Benjamins.

Congratulations to Ahmed Idrissi Alami, associate professor of Arabic, and Lynne Dahmen, part-time lecturer in the School of Languages and Cultures

For collaborating with the West Lafayette Public Library to secure the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf:Muslin Journeys collection for the library in 2013.

Click HERE for more details.

Congratulations to Atsushi Fukada, professor of Japanese and linguistics, and Mayu Miyamoto, a doctoral student in the School of Languages and Cultures 

Upon receiving a 2016 Excellence in Distance Learning Innovation Award.

For more details click HERE.

Congratulations to Elena Coda, associate professor of Italian and comparative literature and incoming associate head of the School of Languages and Cultures, and Ben Lawton, associate professor and chair of Italian studies and co-founder and former long-time director of the Film and Video Studies program

Who served as editors of Re-Visioning Terrorism: A Humanistic Perspective, published by Purdue University Press earlier this year.

For more details, click HERE.

Congratulations to Beate Allert, associate professor of German, comparative literature, and film and chair of the Department of German and Russian

on serving as editor of J.G Herder: From Cognition to Cultural Science.

Click HERE for more details.

Congratulations to Jackson Havens, Spanish & Linguistics major

Jackson has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Spain!

For more details, click HERE!

Congratulations to Megan O'Connell, Spanish, linguistics, and Speech, language and hearing Sciences 

She has received a Fulbright Teaching Assistant to Peru

Click HERE for more details.

Congratulations to Benjamin Rich, with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and minor in Spanish and Military Science 

He has received a Fulbright Study/Research Grant to South Korea

Click HERE for more details.

Congratulations to Daniel J. Olson, assistant professor of Spanish and linguistics

He is one of the two Purdue faculty have been selected as recipients of the Class of 1922 Outstanding Innovation in Helping Students Learn Award

Click HERE to read the article.

Non-Degree option in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese!

In addition to the traditional Masters and Ph.D. programs, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Purdue offers a non-degree option that helps students complete professional requirements, develop new knowledge and skills, or explore graduate school options. Each semester the department will offer Spanish graduate courses in the evening. These courses are taught by leading scholars in Spanish literature, linguistics, film, and culture. Some courses will accommodate distance-learning options. Click HERE for more information and application/enrollment instructions.

Congratulations to Liz Mercier 

Who was recognized in Dean Reingold's "For the Honor" column on the College of Libeall Arts website. 

Liz has been awarded a competitive fellowship to complete the Diploma Programme in Manuscript Studies at the Pontificial Institute of Medieval Studies in Toronto and Rome. Click HERE to read the full article.

Events and Conferences

SLC is proud to host alumni Michael H. Kennedy II with a talk: "A Business Success Story Born of a Liberal Arts Degree". This will happen on april 20th, 2018 at 11:30-12:20 pm in SC 239. Flyer

Please click the following link for his biograhy:

Purdue Studies in Romance Literature is proud to presents Michael J. Call, author of PSRL’s Volume 63, The Would-Be Author: Molière and
the Comedy of Print. The author will visit Purdue on Thursday, October 26th. His presentation will take place at 3:00pm at Stancly Coulter Hall G040. Light refreshment will be served. Please click HERE for more information.

Coffee/Tea Conversation Hours

The Chinese Alumni Teacher Training Workshop took place Saturday, October 21, 2017. The one-day teaching workshop included roundtable discussions among Chinese/Asian studies scholars and educators who are proud Purdue alumni from the School of Languages and Cultures Chinese Language program. Photos courtesy of Sara Kong.

Th department of Spanish & Portuguese  is proud to present Dr. Carmen Silva-Corvaran, as part of the Hispanic Linguistics Lectures Series. Prof. Emerita Carmen  Silva-Corvaran from University of Southern California will discuss longitudinal datea on the development of clitics, overt/null subject pronoum alternation and tense and aspect morphology. The lecture will take place April 12th at 1:30pm in RAWL 2082. For mor information please, click HERE.

Sponsored by the Chinese Program in the School of Languages and Cultures at Purdue University, the next Chinese Studies Colloquium will be held February 8/3rd from 4:00-5:30pm at WTHR 320. Please click HERE for mor information.


SLC Colloquium 

Please join us for our LAST SLC Colloquium of the spring semester! This is a chance for all of us to learn more about the current research projects of our faculty in the SLC. 

Tuesday, april 10, from 3-4 p.m. in SC 239 

Dr. Lori Czerwionka will present on the topic, “Short-Term Study Abroad: Cultural and Linguistic Outcomes.” An abstract is included below and on the attached flyer.

Study abroad is continuing to become more popular among American university student. During the 2015-2016 year, 325,339 American students studied abroad, a number that has been constantly increasing (Figure 1). Of these students, 63% participated in short-term study abroad programs, defined as being a program of 8-weeks or less (Institute of International Education). With this rising number of students participating in study abroad, and with the majority participating in short-term programs, we have the obligation to examine the outcomes associated with these programs.

Positive outcomes of study abroad have been identified, such as improvements in one’s linguistic and communicative resources (Dings 2007, Kinginger 2008, Lafford 1995, Segalowitz & Freed 2004), personal growth (Black & Duhon 2006), and intercultural communicative competence (Dwyer 2004, Elola & Oskoz 2008, Engle & Engle 2004, Jackson 2011, Martinsen 2010), but study abroad is not a homogeneous experience (Freed, 1995; Wang, 2010). Furthermore, limited attention has been paid to the most frequent type of program—the short-term program.

Therefore, my recent research has focused on the outcomes of short-term, Spanish language immersion study abroad programs. I have examined two types of outcomes, and I will present an overview of my research that addresses students’ development of intercultural knowledge and linguistic resources. The intercultural knowledge project has focused on students’ change and growth in knowledge, and also examined the differentiated impact of study abroad settings comparing programs in Madrid, Spain to a program in the minority context of the Basque region of Spain. The linguistic projects have identified development in socially appropriate linguistic uses (i.e. speech acts, requests) and also development in interactional resources (i.e. intensifiers). Besides making contributions to the theoretical discussions about intercultural and interactional competencies, the findings provide insight into the study abroad experience.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served!

SLC organizes a Faculty and Graduate students Colloquium Series of three lectures per semester.  These lectures are an opportunity for our faculty, students, and invited speakers to present and discuss their current research projects.  Please contact Dr. Cara Kinnally ( for more information.

Past Events

The Department of French cordially invites you to the symposium Terrorism in Paris on Friday April 22nd. The keynote speaker, Dr. Jean-Philippe Mathy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present his talk "Where's Charlie Now? Identification, Hegemony, and Dissenet After the Paris Attacks", at 4:00pm in Beering Hall B261. Click HERE for more details.

Click HERE for Graduate Professionalization Workshops scheduled for spring 2016!

Chinese Studies Colloquium - April 15, 2016 3:00pm-4:30pm, SC 108 
Assistant Prof. Tie Xiao, a professor of Modern Chinese Literature at Indiana University, will present "Revolutionary Waves: Imagining Crowds in Modern China." Click HERE for more information on his lecture.

The Indiana Medieval Graduate Consortium will hold their annual symposium at Purdue University in March 2016. The theme is "Exploring the Premoden World." The goal of this symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation of the classical, medieval, and early modern worlds. 

1st Purdue Languages and Cultures Conference
March 4-6, 2015, West Lafayette, IN

The first Purdue Languages and Cultures Conference is a collaboration between three organizations at Purdue University which promote scholarship in the fields of linguistics, literature and applied linguistics. Our conference seeks to continue the tradition of our respective symposia by bringing students and faculty together with other experts, fostering collaboration and inspiring critical analysis and understanding of pressing issues in the field of linguistics and literature. The Conference will provide undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral researchers the opportunity to share their research. The funds received from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and other programs on campus allows us to bring top scholars for keynote addresses, prepare materials and documents critical to the success of the meeting, offer refreshments throughout the session, and – most importantly – to keep the Conference free for all interested attendees. CLICK HERE to go to the 2017 PLCC website.

Dr. Anne Marie Guerretaz will present "Postcolonial Theory and the Politics of Language in the Revitalization of Yucatec Maya." Please join us Wednesday, January 20, 2016 in REC 225 at 1230pm. Click here for more information.


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