The  International Languages and Cultures Program, the College of Arts and Humanities, and the University of West Georgia (UWG) invite you to celebrate the 33rd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities, October 25-27, 2018. We welcome submissions from across the Humanities, Fine Arts, and the Social and Natural Sciences, dealing with INTERSECTIONALITIES/INTERCONNECTIONS/LIMINALITIES and the many relations and intersections between them. Papers, exhibits, performances and screenings may be submitted by scholars, graduate students, writers, artists, and performers.  

After June 1st, abstracts will be accepted in a case by case basis. Contact Dr. Ana Zapata-Calle if you have an abstract to summit after June 1st (


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Juanamaría Cordones-Cook Keynote2018

Professor Juanamaría Cordones-Cook is the University of Missouri Curators’ Distinguished Professor, the Catherine Paine Middlebush Professor of Romance Languages and a member of the Academy of Letters of Uruguay. Her scholarship includes contemporary Spanish American literature, theater, and visual arts with a focus on Afro-Hispanic writers and artists. Along with an extensive publication record of journal articles and award-winning books, Cordones-Cook’s research also incorporates image, sound, and movement, having produced and directed oral histories and documentaries. An Emmy nominated filmmaker, Professor Cordones-Cook has built a panoramic compendium and archive of Havana’s Black Renaissance with over twenty documentaries on artists and writers of the African Diaspora with emphasis on Cuba.

Click for Selected Documentaries by Dr. Juanamaría Cordones-Cook


We encourage presentations about Intersectionalities/Interconnections/Liminalities on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Africana and Indigenous Studies
  • Literary studies of all periods, places and times
  • African, Maghrib and Saharan Studies
  • Haitian Studies
  • Filmography
  • Afro-Hispanic Studies
  • Opposing concepts such as: war/peace; love/hate; local/global; citizens/immigrants; etc.
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Imperialism and the Natural Sciences
  • Cultural Studies
  • Migration, immigration and globalization
  • Feminist, queer and postcolonial theory
  • Linguistics, language and bilingualism
  • Eco-criticism
  • Memory, memorials, and commemoration
  • Study abroad
  • Anthropology
  • Geography and cartography
  • History, historiography, and historical revisions
  • The visual arts, including film studies, photography and graphic design
  • Environmental studies and Urban studies
  • Health and travel concerns
  • Theatre, scenes and landscapes
  • Philosophy
  • Myths and mythology
  • Music, including musical history and theory
  • Economics, including commerce, marketing and trade
Special Events 

Recognition for Dr. Flore Zephir. We especially welcome presentations about Haitian Studies to honor Dr. Flore Zephir. Dr. Albert Valdman, Director of the IU Creole Institute, was going to participate in this important recognition but, sadly, he needed to cancel.Click for Biography of Flore Zephir



Performance by Yemaya Productions, Afro-Cuban dance by Zayda Sorrell Medina Yemaya

Library showcase. In cooperation with the UWG Ingram Library, the IIL Conference is pleased to offer conference presenters the opportunity to showcase and discuss their recently published books. Certain books may be purchased by the UWG Library. As space may be limited, presenters interested in displaying their published works should contact the organizing committee upon registration. Conference presenters may bring copies of their works to share; however, writers will not have the opportunity to sell their books at the conference.

Other art and musical performances and exhibitions

Organizing committee:
  • Dr. Ana Zapata-Calle (University of West Georgia)
  • Dr. Tomaz Cunningham (Jackson State University)
  • Dr. Kyle Lawton (University of West Georgia)
 2018 registration fees:
  • All UWG faculty and All graduate students: $65
  • Faculty, scholars, and other participants:  $110
  • COAH
  • Film Studies
  • Office of Research and Sponsored Projects
  • SOTA
  • Ingram Library
  • Center for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Department of Political Science
  • Carrollton Cultural Arts Center
  • Department of Art

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