Call for Proposals 2019-2020 Workshop Series

Call for Proposals:

Dear Friends of the Discourse and Semiotics Workshop,

Happy summer!  2018-2019 was our third year as an interdisciplinary workshop series, and we were thrilled with the diversity of topics we were able to feature and the stimulating conversations that were had. Faculty and graduate student presenters this year hailed from mathematics education, cognitive neuroscience, pan-African studies, English literature, biology, graphic design, science education, comparative humanities, and linguistics.

We are now writing to invite proposals for the 2019-2020 academic year. We are interested in research on how language and other semiotic resources mediate social worlds, and this forms the core of our workshop series. Any and all research that addresses such topics is welcome.

This year, we also invite submissions on the optional theme of Discourses of Science, Health, and Medicine.

As with last year’s CFP, we are interested in the following formats:

  • Data Analysis Session: We welcome presentations of research data for group discussion and analysis. This may include, but is not limited to, video data of interaction, transcripts, audio recordings, ethnographic documents, media texts. In these sessions, researchers explain their projects, pose questions about their data, and facilitate group discussion of their data.
  • Work-in-Progress Session: We welcome the submission of works-in-progress for pre-circulation and discussion in our workshop. Whether drafts of journal length articles, essays, or book proposals, we welcome any pre-publication pieces of original research.
  • Reading Discussion: We welcome proposals for discussion of both classic and contemporary texts in semiotic theory, language studies, and discourse analysis. Through these readings, we aim to build common frameworks for analysis across our diverse disciplines.

If you are interested in presenting, please email the following to by or on August 1, 2019:

  • a working title and brief summary or abstract (200 words max)
  • the workshop format (data session, work-in-progress session, or reading discussion)
  • any preference for when in the academic year you would like to present

Please send us any questions you have. We look forward to hearing from many of you by August 1!


The D&S Team

PDF Copy: DiscourseAndSemioticsCFP2019-2020

Mission Statement of the Discourse and Semiotics Workshop
This workshop provides space for faculty and students at the University of Louisville to share research on how language and other semiotic resources mediate social worlds.
We aim to develop interdisciplinary dialogue among scholars from a variety of disciplines who study talk, text, interaction, semiotics, visual communication and design, performance studies, and mass media. We are particularly interested in providing space for graduate students to develop their research. Our founding faculty and students come from the adjacent fields of sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, applied linguistics, rhetoric and composition, but we welcome and encourage the participation of scholars from other fields who share an interest in the mediating processes that link their objects of study to their social surround.

Spring 2019 Workshop Series Schedule

Stevenson Hall 417

Friday, January 25 – 12:30-2:00 p.m. –Dr. Stephen Tucker and Dr. Nicholas Hindy head a collaboration between the Embodied Mathematics Education Research Group (EMERG) and the Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory (CogMem) lab. Featuring work by Lindsey Smith, Manal Zafar, Kugen Naidoo, Maame Safowa-Geary, Suryra Rajan Selvam, and Manzura Ibragimova.

Friday, February 15, 12:30-2:00 – Frank Kelderman: “Writing Omaha Childhood: Orality, Literacy, and Indigenous Childhood in Susette LaFlesche’s Magazine Writings ”

Friday, March 22, 12:30-2:00 – Katie Humrick: “Student Understanding of Genetics and Genome Editing Technology”

Friday, April 19, 12:30-2:00 – Tiffany Dillard-Knox: “Coded in Black and White:  An Analysis of Racialized Language in the United States”

And we have two special events:

Friday and Saturday, April 12-13 – Handwriting symposium organized by Mark Mattes

Friday, March 1 – Third-Year Anniversary Celebration

More details to come on these future events.

Hope to see you all there!

Fall 2018 Schedule

Please mark your calendars! All workshops will be held in Stevenson 417. Abstracts are available here.

Friday, September 14, 12:30-1:30 pm
“Automatic Speech Recognition for Endangered Languages”
Dr. Hilaria Cruz, Department of Comparative Humanities

Tuesday, October 2, 11:30-1 pm
“Design of Research Tools based on Semiotics and Visual Resources”
Professor Dora Ivonne Alvarez Tamayo, University of Puebla

Friday, October 19, 12:30-2 pm
“The Question of Race in Personalized Medicine: An Analysis of the Use of Racial Categories in Pharmacogenomic Research”
Eve Polley, PhD student, Department of Comparative Humanities

Friday, November 30, 12:30-2 pm
“Black Affirmations and Ironies of Progress in Joel Christian Gill’s Strange Fruit
Dr. Karen Chandler, Department of English