The Department of English Language and Literature at Blaze Koneski Faculty of Philology, Ss Cyril and Methodius University - Skopje, Macedonia, is pleased to announce the upcoming international conference titled "English Studies at the Interface of Disciplines: Research and Practice", to be held 21 - 23 March 2019 at the Department of English Language and Literature. More about the history of the Department of English Language and Literature can be found here.
The conference aims to highlight the importance of exploring interdisciplinary approaches to linguistic, literary, pedagogical, cultural, political, ethical, ethnic, national, as well as other research contexts pertaining to various disciplines. Particular emphasis will be placed on examining how the findings of one discipline may shed light on potentially neglected perspectives in another discipline.
English language professionals are kindly invited to present their on-going research related to any of the topics included in the Call for Papers (see conference documents below). Students are encouraged to present posters about their research.
Interdisciplinary collaboration is notoriously difficult, and knowledge flows between disciplines have been critiqued for privileging certain voices from certain contexts (geographic and disciplinary) in certain languages (e.g. English), thereby raising the possibility of epistemic injustice. English, as THE global language of our time, is at the interface of such concerns. It is also a major medium for intercultural encounters of both an interpersonal and inter-knowledging character. What happens when ideas from one discipline are brought - through the medium of English - into another? And what are the implications — for English language specialists (and especially teachers and researchers) — of the role of English in such encounters? In this talk, I will explore such questions with reference to a number of projects in which I have recently participated.
In recent decades, the birth rate in many Western countries has decreased dramatically and the troles and representations of maternal figures have changed significantly. Through IVF, gamete donation and surrogacy, motherhood is no longer defined univocally, and family structures have evolved accordingly. This paper seeks to investigate how biotechnology, social and family changes inform an interdisciplinary perspective of the representations of motherhood in feminist dystopian literature, plays and art. I will focus the paper on the following three novels: Naomi Alderman’s The Power (2016); Anne Charnock's Dreams Before the Start of Time (2017) and Louise Erdrich’s Future Home of the Living God (2017). I will use comparative analysis to discuss how these novels engage in a dialogue with wider contemporary trends in feminist writing and art, which look at dystopian visions of humans’ reproductive strategies. I will use the work of the feminist philosophers Rosalyn Diprose and Lisa Baraitser to contextualise how these novels challenge and extend notions of the ethics of care. I am particularly interested in how the authors’ depictions of a dystopian future see the act of caring for children (and consequently each other and the world) as interdependent activities which involve constant learning of how to wait, be patient, trust and listen.
Motivation -- which can be loosely defined as a person’s willingness or desire to become involved in a specific field, content, or task -- has been linked to achievement in language learning for decades. More recent study, however, suggests that motivation itself is insufficient to support learning, and, perhaps, does not explain outcomes as clearly as the notion of task engagement does.
Task engagement is generally defined as the level of involvement in a task. Catalysts for task engagement noted in the literature include authenticity, interest, a challenge/skills balance, an autonomy/structure balance, social interaction, and support (including just-in-time feedback). Additional constructs such as “playfulness” are under study.
Although it helps, it is not necessary to have motivation to be engaged in a task, in the same way that being motivated does not imply that a task will be engaging. For example, many learners are quite motivated in general to learn English; when they get to class, however, the tasks may not be engaging to them, and they may not learn as well or as much as they could. Conversely, if learners are not motivated toward English but the language tasks are engaging to them, learners can still achieve.
Emerging theories of task engagement address diverse learners across fields and levels. Applying facilitators of task engagement to lessons may help teachers mediate factors in the environment external to the classroom and lead to more equitable access to learning, better integration of disciplines and topics, and greater learner achievement.
The U.S. Great Plains – stretching from the Dakotas in the north to the panhandle of Texas in the south – is a vast region, dominated by seemingly endless grazing acreage and farmland. Euro-American settlement of this part of the United States began in the mid-19th century and was tied largely to European immigrants who became land holders. Spurred on by the Homestead Act of 1862 – which opened land in the American heartland to a variety of those who felt disenfranchised, including non-citizen immigrants – ethnic peoples from across Europe streamed onto the Great Plains. As famously depicted in the literature of Ole Edvart Rölvaag, Mari Sandoz, and Willa Cather, immigrants were an essential piece of this region’s social and economic fabric in the late 19th century. If immigrants were not beloved, they were at least tolerated during the homesteading era.
During World War I, attitudes towards immigrants and immigration in the Great Plains changed drastically when the region turned against the tens of thousands of German immigrants in the region with a chilling anti-German fervor, as vividly depicted in the fiction of Will Weaver.
In recent decades, the region’s agricultural economy came to depend on of immigrant laborers from Latin America. Polling data and voting patterns strongly suggests that many people in the Great Plains are uncomfortable with the immigrant population in their midst. This presentation traces the shifts in attitudes toward immigrants and immigration in the Great Plains as depicted in regional literature and historical data.
The early bird conference fee is 50 Euros through 10 February 2019. After this date, the regular conference fee is 70 Euros. Please be informed that any additional bank service fees should be covered by the participants. All conference participants are required to pay the same conference fee, regardless of their status (authors, co-authors), type or number of sessions given. You are kindly invited to complete registration and payment early in order for all conference related activities, such as the Book of Abstracts and Conference Programme, to be completed in a timely manner.
You are kindly advised to send a brief note once your payment is completed, so that we can verify that with our accounting department. If you have any inquiries regarding payment, please contact Ms. Natasha Stojanovska-Ilievska at firstname.lastname@example.org
Foreign participants should pay the conference fee in euros using the information below.
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MK07 1007 0100 0051 774
Univerzitet "Sv.Kiril i Metodij"
Filoloski fakultet Blaze Koneski Skopje
ESIDRP Conference 2019
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Skopje by plane
The Republic of Macedonia is easily accessible from most European destinations via Skopje International Airport , located about 17 km (10 miles) from the city and 21.5 km from the University Campus. The airport was rebuilt in 2011. Upon arrival at the airport, you can get a taxi (approx. 20 EUR) or a bus (approx. 3 EUR) into Skopje. Alternatively, you can rent a car.
Skopje by car
To access Skopje, if coming from (1) Athens, via the E-75 northbound, (2) Belgrade, via the E-75 southbound, (3) Pristina, via the E-65 southbound, (4) Sofia, via the E-871 westbound followed by the E-75 southbound, (5) Tirana, via the E-852 eastbound followed by the E-65 southbound.
Skopje by train and bus
Both the international train and bus stations are located in the same Transport Center which is a 15-minute walk from the Makedonija City Square and 1.6km from the University campus. Trains also connect Skopje to Belgrade, Thessaloniki, Athens and Ljubljana.
Buses connect Skopje to the rest of the Macedonian countryside, as well as Sofia, Tirana, Pristina, Belgrade, Nish, Istanbul, Ljubljana and others. Services to towns in Macedonia run every 1-2 hours, while international services run less frequently – e.g. one to two times per day.
Skopje taxi transport
Taxis are available throughout the city and can be found at many corners, and run a 24 hour service. Taxis in Skopje are relatively cheap, however, (unregistered) taxi drivers might approach you offering their services. To avoid being overcharged, it is safer to book a tax via a taxi company . To give an idea about pricing, a taxi in Skopje from the city centre to the outskirts of the city typically costs around 300 denars (5 EUR), though during rush hour the price can go up to 500 denars (9 EUR).
Skopje public transport
There is a dense network of bus lines connecting most parts of the city and suburbs (see the website of the public transport company, JSP). You can purchase a travel card for the bus from multiple kiosks around the city, there is a map at the bottom of this page.
Apart from the university campus car park, the nearest and most convenient alternative parking facilities are available within a three-minute walking distance across Goce Delchev Blvd. These are the multi-storey car park on Goce Delcev Blvd, the Macedonian Radio and Television (MRT) parking lot and the parallel parking places on Dimitar Vlahov Street by The Vardar River (behind the tallest black building opposite the campus).
Please be advised that the MRT and street parking facilities are payable via mobile phones only and are therefore convenient for domestic mobile network subscribers. Parking there is free of charge on Saturdays after 2 p.m. and on Sundays. The multi-storey car park requires cash payment and is therefore the only facility convenient for international participants
In terms of price and convenience, participants are encouraged to use taxi and public transportation services. (See Venue Access below)
If foreign pronunciation is your forte, try saying to the taxi driver “Filoloshkee fakultet – rampa” (Faculty of Philology – the ramp).
Due to construction works, the main University Campus entrance is closed to all pedestrian and vehicle traffic, which has been redirected to the side entrance from Goce Delcev Blvd (across the street from the Macedonian Radio and Television building).
Most of the hotels listed below are in the vicinity of the conference venue. Conference attendees are free to look for other type of accommodation that best suits their needs.
Department of English Language and Literature
Blaze Koneski Faculty of Philology
Ss Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje
Republic of Macedonia
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