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Crossroads is an interdisciplinary conference led by graduate students in the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Georgia. We strive to promote original graduate research by providing a platform for graduate students to hone their professional skills and to engage in discussions with scholars. We are committed to create a sense of community between graduate students across disciplines and institutions.


Special Collections Library

300 S Hull St. Athens, GA 30602


Friday & Saturday
February 10th and 11th 2017


2017 Keynote speakers

Dr. Subha Xavier

Dr. Subha Xavier is an Assistant Professor Migration and Diaspora Studies, Francophone African, Canadian and Caribbean Literature and Film at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Professor Xavier’s first book, The Migrant Text: Making and Marketing a Global French Literature (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016) brings together a corpus of recent novels by immigrants to France and Quebec, suggesting that these diverse works extend beyond familiar labels such as francophone and postcolonial to forge a new mode of writing that deserves recognition on its own terms.

Dr. Antje Muntendam

Dr. Muntendam is an Assistant Professor at Florida State University.  Her main areas of research are bilingualism, language contact, information structure, syntax, and prosody. She is currently working on two lines of research. One line of research concerns Quechua-Spanish bilingualism in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. The other concerns Turkish-Dutch bilinguals (in particular heritage speakers of Turkish) in the Netherlands.

2016 Keynote speakers

Dr. Robert Barsky

Dr. Barsky is a professor of French , Italian and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He specializes in Comparative Literature, especially of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. He is particularly interested in Jewish radical thought of that period. He has published Noam Chomsky: A Life of Dissent (MIT Press, 1997), which has been translated into nine other languages, The Chomsky Effect(Cambridge: MIT Press, 2007), Zellig Harris: From American Linguistics to Socialist Zionism (MIT Press, in press), as well as several other collections, editions, and translations on topics as varied as public intellectuals and the media, refuge affairs, and literary theory.

Dr. Ernesto Silva

Dr. Ernesto Pierre Silva joined the faculty of the Department of Foreign Languages (DFL) as Assistant Professor of Spanish in the fall of 2005.  He is currently jointly-appointed with the Interdisciplinary Studies Department (ISD) and also teaches for the American Studies (AMST/MAST) program. By training and experience, his area of research focuses on contemporary Spanish/Latin American film, literature, philosophy, critical theory, theater, cultural studies, translation, and immigration. His most recent research concentrates on the plight of immigrants—to Europe and the USA—as portrayed in film, literature, and media outlets.

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