In Medias Res: Uses of Narrative in English Language Studies

Organization: International Departments of English Association

Venue: Acapulco Resort Convention Spa Hotel

Location: Kyrenia, Cyprus

Event Date/Time: Sep 26, 2013 End Date/Time: Sep 27, 2013
Registration Date: Sep 26, 2013
Early Registration Date: Aug 01, 2013
Abstract Submission Date: May 01, 2013
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International Departments of English Association (IDEA) is pleased to announce: In Medias Res: Uses of Narrative in English Language Studies, an international interdisciplinary conference for language teachers, translators and literary scholars to be held in Kyrenia in collaboration with Near East University, on September 26th and 27th, 2013. The symposium aims to discuss the narrative aspect of English Language Teaching in conjunction with Literary and Translation Studies.

The narrative of “participating” in language studies is often non-linear, disjointed and disrupted. Every attempt to “read”, “teach,” “learn” or to “translate” has a different trajectory, with multiple points of departure, multiple story-lines and multiple potential endings. Individual narratives converge with preceding ones and are shaped by other participators, teachers, learners, researchers and writers. Each scholarly intersection results in an alternative narrative that would not otherwise be possible. In this sense, every textual beginning in language studies, be it in person, in the classroom or on paper, inevitably starts from a/the “middle”.

By focusing on the issue of narrative, we seek to provide a forum for the investigation of the various dimensions of language teaching and learning practices within different cultural and social contexts. We also invite reflection on the ways in which narrative is addressed in various literary and cultural texts, past and present.

The conference aims to bring together scholars from all disciplines and intellectual orientations. Submissions may include, but are not limited to, an exploration of the following topics: narratology – communication studies - linguistics - subjecthood  – semantics – pragmatics –  speech acts – translation theory – language learning theories – language teaching methodology – teaching strategies and styles –innovative approaches – blended-hybrid instruction – discourse analysis –constructivism –  sociolinguistics- semiotics – multilingualism.

Please email your proposal, including a 300 word abstract (with title), institutional affiliation, a short biography (which should not exceed 100 words) and AV requirements to Dr. Asliye Dagman, Department of English Language and Literature, Near East University: All papers presented at the conference will be considered for: 1) a monograph to be published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing; 2) online publication in a special proceedings issue of IJED (International Journal of English Departments) in April 2014, a peer reviewed journal. 

Deadline for submission of Abstracts by: 30th August, 2013

Notification begins on: 2nd September, 2013





International Departments of English Association
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Additional Information

Conference Fees

Before 1st August 2013:

Non-Members: €130

Members and Students: €100

After 1st August 2013:

Non-Members: €160

Members and Students: €120

Registration includes refreshments and lunch on Thursday and Friday. Full-board accommodation is available at Acapulco Resort & Convention & Spa for an additional €150 for both nights, payable to IDEA during registration. For further details please visit:

Please note that IDEA is a non-profit association dedicated to the study of English Language, Literature and Translation Studies. We regret to inform potential participants that we are not in a position to assist with conference travel or accommodation costs.

Guidelines for Submissions

The working language of the conference is English.

Each participant will be allocated 20 minutes for presentation plus 10 minutes for questions and/or discussion. Endnotes and Bibliographic citations should follow the APA style. We welcome joint presentations, however, we ask that at least one of the authors is present at the convention.

We enthusiastically encourage submissions from graduate students, as well as faculty.