Call for Papers & Symposium



Vernacular: New Connections in Language, Literature, & Culture is a scholarly journal that publishes works by current master’s and doctoral students who specialize in the fields of linguistics, literature, and cultural studies in their respective languages (usually, but not limited to, French, German, or Spanish).

Organized by graduate students in the Department of World Languages and Cultures (WLC) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), Vernacular is a peer-reviewed journal: submissions are evaluated by peer graduate students from different universities across the country. In addition, Vernacular is backed by an advisory board composed of distinguished professors.

Vernacularis dedicated to sharing current academic investigations and creative works by current graduate students in language, literature, and culture or in comparable disciplines from universities around the globe. The journal accepts high-quality submissions of scholarly essays, book reviews, interviews, and translations, as well as short stories and poetry. We welcome entries written in English, French, German, or Spanish.

Deadline for submissions: December 15, 2023
Next publication date: April 15, 2024

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Vernacular Symposium - Spring 2024

March 21-23, 2024
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Theme: “Lost and Found in Translation: Literature and Language in a Multicultural World”

• Memory and History
• Culture and Displacement
• The Individual and Community
• Ways of Reading and Seeing
• Ethics, Justice, and Social Transformation
• Empathy in the Digital Age

All interested graduate students are invited to submit a 250-word abstract for the Vernacular Symposium to be held in a hybrid format both online and at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Panel proposals are also welcome; please include an abstract and short bio for each paper on the proposed panel. Abstracts and bios should be submitted to cbernar5@vols.utk.edu, Editor-in-Chief of the Vernacular Journal, by December 15, 2023. Participants will be notified by January 15, 2024. For event updates, check the event website: https://vernacularsymposium.wordpress.com

Vernacular: New Connections in Language, Literature, & Culture is a peer-reviewed journal organized by graduate students in MFLL at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.https://vernacularsymposium.wordpress.com