DUO VII Call for Papers

Dialogue Under Occupation VII


October 28-30, 2015: Porto Alegre, BRAZIL


In the year that the Programme of Post-Graduate Letters (PPGL) commemorates its 45th anniversary, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), by way of PPGL, will host DUO VII, an itinerant and interdisciplinary event, between the 28th and 30th of October, 2015.

The event will gather specialists from Brazil and abroad to reflect on relevant studies in dialogue in different configurations, organized under one of three major themes: 1. Dialogue in Perspective, 2. Intercultural Dilemmas, and 3. Expressions of Conflict.

Given the specificities of DUO, as seen in the brief history of the event, and the characteristics of the PPGL, with respect to their areas of concentration – linguistics, literature, and creative writing – and the interfaces with different fields of expertise, such as philosophy, sociology, education, communication, psychology, etc., the DUO VII event proposes, from various perspectives, to further theories and methodologies that can illuminate studies about the themes focused on.

Submit proposals to http://www.pucrs.br/eventos/duo/.

For all proposals, send an abstract of 250-300 words following the specified guidelines by July 15, 2015.



DUO, in its seventh edition, will focus on dialogue, contemplating the broader concepts of dialogue and occupation through three main themes: 1. Dialogue in Perspective, 2. Intercultural Dilemmas, and 3. Expressions of Conflict.

  1. DIALOGUE IN PERSPECTIVE: Research that deals with dialogue from different perspectives will be considered, coming from the academic production of various areas of expertise, including linguistics, literature, creative writing, as well as social and human sciences, and areas, such as philosophy, sociology, communication, education, psychology, anthropology, etc.
  2. INTERCULTURAL DILEMMAS: Discussions about the complex outlook of problems faced in a contemporary, intercultural world, advancing the debate about discursive, social, and cultural aspects involved in this outlook on conflict. Within this theme, the following will be considered: theories and practices about different symbolic and discursive universes that involve the tense contacts between cultures, taking into account shocks of social, ideological, and political values. In the study of intercultural dilemmas, investigations of linguistics, literature, and creative writing will also be included, as well as social and human sciences including the aforementioned disciplines, as long as they are about the following themes: multiculturalism and transculturalism, multilingualism, cultural hybridity, culture shock, generations, beliefs and values, cultural relativism and universalism, orientalism and occidentalism, media appeals, materialism and humanism, modernity and postmodernity, individualism and community, collective agency and epistemic disagreement, among others.
  3. EXPRESSIONS OF CONFLICT: Deals with the discussion of possible theoretical and practical ways of discussing different social situations of confrontation, disagreement or frustration, present in the following areas: linguistics, literature and creative writing, as well as social and human sciences, including the aforementioned disciplines. It’s based on the idea that “conflict” is also an issue that opens spaces in which it allows dialogue in its various dimensions and language expressions. Also included is research on different cultural contexts of relationships in which there are conflicts, dilemmas, and strained relations in different spheres of human activity, such as labor, art, education, politics, media, religion, medicine, environment, economy etc.



  • Proposals will be accepted for either individual presentations or group presentations (panels). All submissions must be received by July 15, 2015.
  • Registration for DUO VII is required for submission. For group presentations, all panel members must register.
  • Participants are eligible to take part in two presentations (one as an author and one as a co-author).
  • The participants will be notified, by email, of the decision of the review committee by June 30 (Acceptance is subject to the payment of the registration fee).
  • The participants will have to register through the event website.
  • Accepted presenters will receive certificates upon registration.




  • Abstracts should be in Times New Roman, 12, single line spacing with standard margins, and must not exceed 300 words. The title should be centered (capital letters and in bold font), name and surname should be aligned to the right and followed by an email address with the affiliate institution’s name in brackets. 3 Key words should be included at the end.
  • The abstract must contain the goal, fundamental theory, methodology and possible results.
  • The abstract must be sent to the site of the event along with the inscription, according to the formatting rules.



  • The coordinator should submit the complete proposal of the session, in which must be contained: title of the session centered (capital letters and bold font); name of the coordinator followed by an email address and the institution’s acronym aligned to the right; a general summary of the session along with individual summaries of the participants.

The group and individual presentations follow the same rules of formatting as in ‘Individual Presentation.’