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When: December 28, 2018
Where: United States

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Call for Abstracts

Title: Foreign Languages in Humanities Courses

Edited by Priya Ananth and Leah Tolbert Lyons

According to a recent survey conducted by the Modern Language Association of America (MLA), enrollments in languages other than English fell 9.2% in colleges and universities in the United States between fall 2013 and fall 2016. Declining enrollments in foreign language classrooms have occurred against a larger backdrop of decreasing enrollments in the humanities disciplines overall during the past 15 years according to the Humanities Departmental Surveys (HDS 2008, 2013). These trends in enrollments have had a direct impact on administrative decisions regarding the survival of foreign language programs. For example, according to another survey in 2013, colleges and universities cut 12% of their foreign language degree programs from 2007-2012, while cancelling 21% of combined English and foreign language programs. Furthermore, 18% of those programs were at public institutions (HDS 2013). Foreign language faculty currently engaged in the teaching of foreign languages, literatures and cultures at the college or university level cannot help but feel the impact of these consequences. These recent statistics prove that the outlook is bleak indeed, unless we can come up with solutions that will reverse the discouraging trends. This proposed book heeds this warning and offers a resource for foreign language faculty to develop courses that infuse humanities courses with foreign language content with the ultimate goal of motivating students to take foreign language classes.

In the proposed edited volume, we will explore a multitude of ways to integrate elements of a foreign language into a humanities course that is primarily taught in English and that addresses a subject area from one of the three categories of Literature, Linguistics, or Culture. These categories are defined broadly to encompass a wide variety of resources for teachers. Moreover, the project will incorporate multiple languages taught at the university level in order to reach a broader audience.

We seek chapter proposals that focus on the integration of a foreign language in the humanities course, so that students are acquiring aspects of foreign language that pique their interest in language learning. Each chapter will be a tangible example of a course taught by a foreign language faculty member who incorporated foreign language content into a humanities course that was taught primarily in English.

Topics may include the following. Some examples are given within topics to emphasize the use of language content, but are not intended to limit the scope of submissions.

Traditional cultures
Popular cultures (e.g. slangs, buzzwords, new phrases used by youth, etc.)
Foreign literature in translation (e.g. use of untranslated words and phrases)
Foreign language linguistics (e.g. etymology and historical evolution of language over time, including loanwords, extinct words/phrases, etc.)
Translation and Stylistics
Film Studies
Media and Politics
Music and Entertainment


Submit a 250-350 word abstract with a proposed chapter title and description of the course you taught that integrated elements of foreign language within humanities content. In addition, please include the following information at the end of the abstract:

Proposed category (Literature, Linguistics or Culture)
Foreign language(s)
Author biography (name, affiliation, position/title/rank)

Include the subject line "Foreign Languages in Humanities Courses" and send your abstract proposal by December 28, 2018 to Notification of selection will be sent by January 31, 2019. Having been in contact with an interested publisher, we are hopeful that the project will move forward quickly. For the chapter submissions, we will provide a template to follow and will set a chapter word limit.

In order to expedite the process, please email a brief response by November 26, 2018 or earlier, stating whether you are considering submitting an abstract proposal, and also include a tentative title.

If you have any questions about the nature of a specific course or any general inquiries, please contact Priya Ananth ( or Leah Tolbert Lyons (

Dr. Priya Ananth
Associate Professor of Japanese
Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Middle Tennessee State University

Dr. Leah Tolbert Lyons
Associate Professor of French
Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Middle Tennessee State University

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