Prominent International Conference Feb. 26 & 27
TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 24, 2010) – Scholars from all over the world, including Canada, Sweden, Hungary, Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy, and the United States are converging on the University of South Florida Feb. 26 and 27 for the 19th Biannual Southeast Conference on Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Film. This is the first time USF has hosted this prestigious event which has been held at various universities throughout the southeast. The various events are free and open to the public.
Numerous prominent European and American experts will be among the guests and there will be presentations on all aspects of non-English language cultural products and language pedagogy, including a special keynote address by USF Distinguished Professor Gaëtan Brulotte from the Department of World Languages on a cultural history of Quebec as seen through its paintings. This year's conference will also include a special session on Germanic Linguistics "Syntax, Phonology, and Pragmatics – The Division of Labor."
The primary organizers of the event are USF professors Margit Grieb and Stefan Huber, assisted by co-organizers Yves-Antoine Clemmen from Stetson University and Will Lehman from Western Carolina University, with support from the USF College of Arts and Sciences, its Department of World Languages, and the USF Humanities Institute.
“USF’s excellent facilities made this a great location for the conference,” said Grieb. “We also have the institutional support that is required for an event involving such a large group of participants and audience members. Plus our focus on community engagement, global research and interdisciplinary collaborations suit an event of such long-standing success featuring research in the humanities. We encourage students and the entire Tampa Bay community to attend to meet some of the most important scholars in the fields of literature, cultural and film studies. This conference is really a treat for everyone with these interests.”
The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The university offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The USF System has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.