Call for Papers

Komar University of Science and Technology

In collaboration with

Arab Society of English Language Studies  

Organize an international conference on:

International Conference on

English Language, Literature, and Translation Studies

 

 

The English Department, Komar University of Science and Technology (KUST) in Kurdistan Region of Iraq, in cooperation with the Arab Society of English Language Studies and Arab World Language Journal, is pleased to announce the Call For Papers for an International Conference, which will be held on 1-2 December 2021 in Sulaymania City, Kurdistan Region. Iraq.

Themes and Objectives
The main theme of the conference will be the status of English Studies. The motivation for such a focus stems from the controversies that have emerged as a result of noticeable differences between the rapidly-changing status of the English language in the Middle East and the continuous efforts on the part of policy-makers to respond to these changes. One main concern is to frame these efforts within a general curriculum development approach in order to make sense of the various reform efforts, their objectives, focus, and effectiveness. This has implications not only for English Studies but also for two other areas, namely English as part of the Language and Communication module and English as a teaching medium for content subjects in other departments and faculties.

 

The objective of the conference is to bring together researchers and practitioners in the field of English Language Teaching at the university level over discussions of various themes building upon their classroom experiences and field research tracking day-to-day challenges and possibilities. The conference will address a range of critically important themes relevant to the situation of English in higher education with a focus on methodological issues pertaining to emerging challenges of the 21st century. While the teaching of English, in particular, has benefitted from research in applied linguistics and TEFL to reform its methodologies, though controversial, the situation in other areas is quite unclear, especially the challenges and obstacles confronted by English language learners during Covid-19.

The conference will feature plenary speakers among some of the leading researchers in the field. We are inviting proposals for paper presentations in the fields of Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Cultural Studies, Translation, and Literature. The topic suggestions include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Teaching and Learning of English as a Foreign/Second Language for Iraqi-Kurdish learners.
  • model in Digital Teaching EFL/ESL Learners.
  • Curriculum Development: New Trends in Higher Education
  • Educational Reform(s): the State of the Art and Critical Evaluations
  • Methods for Teaching General English and English for Specific Purposes
  • Effective Teaching Methodologies in Literature CoursesField-specific Teaching Methodologies: English as an Instruction Medium for the Scientific and Technical Fields.
  • Interdisciplinarity in Language Teaching and Learning
  • Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age
  • Assessment Practices in Teaching
  • Role of Culture in English Language Teaching and Learning
  • Role of English in Globalised Contexts
  • Teaching English and Cultural Agenda: Relativism vs. Absolutism
  • Dialogic learning and teaching
  • Culture in the classroom: textbooks and cultural representation in GE and ESP.
  • Teaching English and cultural agenda: relativism Vs absolutism.
  • Culture and gender representation in higher education
  • Self and otherness: ethnocentrism Vs cosmopolitanism.
  • Oral history and translation: from pristine, oral accounts to elaborate plot composition.
  • New approaches and theories in translation
  • Culture between translatability and translation.
  • Western hegemony: globalization and neo-imperialism
  • Virtues and virtual communication: cultural change Vs alienation
  • Modern and Postmodern literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • Modern Literary Theory
  • Renaissance Literature
  • Shakespearean Plays
  • Theorizing transnational literature (world literature, comparative literature, transnational literature)
  • Minority literature
  • Literary representations of censorship
  • American literature
  • American Dream in Literature
  • World Literature in English
  • Studies  Science  Fiction
  • Translation theory and practice and global changes

 

Proposals that extend beyond these main thematic areas will also be considered. All proposals will be blind-reviewed by the academic review committee based on relevance to the conference theme, originality, quality, and contribution to the field.

Publication
Selected papers will be published in the Arab World English journal in refereed proceedings in collaboration with the English Department, Komar University of Science and Technology (KUST) Kurdistan Region, Iraq. Paper proposals should follow the AWEJ submissions guidelines in the following link: https://awej.org/awej-template/ Arab World English journal has been indexed in Web of Since by Thomson Reuter https://awej.org/academic-recognition/

Important dates
September 30, 2021: Deadline for submitting abstract.

2021: Notification of abstract acceptance (within one week after submission).

November 01, 2021: Deadline for submitting  full papers for publication.

Two-Days Conference: 01-02 December 2021: Conference date

Venue:
Komar University of Science and Technology (KUST) Kurdistan Region, Iraq,

Language of the conference: English.

Registration Fees:
$ 40  (Local participants)

$ 90   (International participants).

$300  Publication fee single author (+$50 for each author)

 

Useful information:
Conference fees will offer free access to all sessions, coffee breaks, conference materials.

Submission
Abstracts and papers should be sent to both of the following addresses by the due date specified above:

elts@komar.edu.iq

info@awej.org

Accommodation
 Participants of the conference can stay in any of the following hotels. They can reservice their rooms directly online or contact (elts@komar.edu.iq) to reserve the rooms for you. All the hotels are near to the conference venue.

1- Dawa Hotel and Restaurant

This hotel has especial discount for our participants.

Single bedroom $45 for a night.

Triple  bedroom $65 for a night.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g659508-d6621089-Reviews-Dawa_Hotel_and_Restaurant-Sulaymaniyah_Sulaymaniyah_Province.html

2- Grand Millennium Hotel Sulaimani

https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/sulaimani/grand-millennium-hotel-sulaimani/

3- Copthorne Hotel Baranan

https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/sulaimani/copthorne-hotel-baranan/