Join us for the
6th Annual LANGSA Conference
At the Crossroads:
Mapping Dichotomies in Literatures, Cultures, and Languages
today, November 6, 2015
at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center and Homer Babbidge Library
on the main campus of UConn in Storrs,
This year’s LANGSA conference aims to explore how space intersects with literatures, cultures, and languages. We will investigate space as a broad category, from the physical to the abstract, as a locale where different realities merge, co-exist or collide. There will be a particular focus on mapping space in a variety of mediums, styles, and forms, and we will consider the metaphorical or intersemiotic mapping of identity, ideas, or images across space.
The highlight of this year's conference is a keynote roundtable discussion, featuring a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Our keynote speakers are:
Stephen Benedict Dyson is currently an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut (UConn), and serves as the Director of UConn's Humanities House. His upcoming book, Otherworldly Politics: The International Relations of Star Trek, Game of Thrones, and Battlestar Galactica(Johns Hopkins Press), explores the interconnections between the real-world and these alternative universes in conceiving civilization and human political interactions. He incorporates these otherly worlds in his courses in international relations and foreign policy to engage students and facilitate access to complex political theory questions.
Erica Robles-Anderson is currently an Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She focuses on the role media technologies play in the production of space. Trained as both an experimental psychologist and a cultural historian she has employed a range of methodologies to explore the definition of media-space. She is currently writing a book about the 20th century transformation of Protestant worship space into a highly mediated, spectacular "mega-church."
Andrew Bardin Williams is an author and copywriter living in New Haven, Conn. Inspired by the beats, Andrew strives to provide readers a sense of place in his fiction writing, using real-world locations (a laundromat, a café, a public square) to create setting, build tension and develop character. He is co-founder of PlacingLiterature.com, a crowdsourced website that maps novels, short stories and poems that take place in real locations. Connecting fictional stories to real places helps readers achieve a greater understanding of literature while giving people a greater appreciation of the places in their communities through art.
Approaches to Space from
an Interdisciplinary Perspective
is taking place at 1 pm at the Konover Auditorium
in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.
We will be giving away door prizes in the event.
Winners will be announced right after the Keynote Roundtable.
We are looking forward to seeing you at the conference today!