LANGUAGES, CULTURES, AND COMMUNICATION: THE FUTURE OF THE HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

An International Conference at Faculty of Languages, Cultures and Communication

Friday, 31 May, 2024/ Tetovo, North Macedonia

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, representing the Faculty of Languages, Cultures, and Communication of South East European University, we are pleased to invite you to participate in an international conference on the theme “Languages, Cultures, and Communication: the Future of the Humanities and Social Sciences.” The Conference will take place on Friday, May 31, 2024, at South East European University in Tetovo, Macedonia.

This conference will focus on the many intersections of Languages, Cultures, and Communication, with particular emphasis on the difficult current situation in the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. Papers are sought addressing all aspects of these fields: anticipated topics include (but are not restricted to): methodological innovations; technology in the classroom and distance learning; curriculum modernisation; quality assurance in the humanities and social sciences; the virtues of language and cultural study in a multicultural world; redefining and refining learning outcomes; anticipating necessary skills in rapidly developing disciplines; and other associated topics.

Today the humanities and social sciences face unprecedented challenges, including reduced student enrolment, diminished research budgets, and indeed the closure of whole language programmes and language faculties. The worldwide popularity of STEM subjects has also lured many talented students away from the study of cultures, societies, the arts, and languages. At the same time, however, job seekers in widely varying fields are expected to have the language competence and cultural skills that are prioritized by language and social science programmes. As professionals vitally interested in the development and promotion of languages, translation, cultures, and sociology, we stand today at a crossroads in higher education: our specializations create skills that employers require and expect, yet institutional support for languages and cultural studies is declining in universities around the world. Paradoxically, this decline in support for language and cultural study is occurring at exactly the same time when technology is making even distant or obscure languages easier to access than ever before.  

We therefore invite papers which address these contemporary challenges and opportunities in the broad fields of languages, cultures, and communications. The Conference Programme will include the presentation of research papers, a plenary session with an address by our keynote speaker, and several opportunities to exchange ideas in a relaxed social setting. The Conference is organized by the Faculty of Languages, Cultures and Communication at South East European University in Tetovo, North Macedonia.

Important Dates:
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 15 April 2024
Notification of Acceptance (no later than): 25 April 2024.
Deadline for paper submission: 30 September, 2024

Submissions to : multilingualconference@seeu.edu.mk

All accepted papers shall be published in a Book of Proceedings by the Scientific Committee of the Conference in December 2024.

Eligibility

Academic level: This Conference welcomes renowned scholars, postgraduate students, as well as undergraduate students accompanied with their supervisors and/or mentors.

Topics

The topics to consider for this conference shall primarily be relate but not necessarily limited to English, Albanian, Macedonian, German and language, literature and culture, either as separate entities under scholarly discussions, or comparative ones, which would also include related contexts in determined scientific levels and interpretations. Specifically speaking, topics should include the following:

  • Methodological innovations;
  • Technology in the classroom and distance learning;
  • Curriculum modernization;
  • Quality assurance in the humanities and social sciences;
  • The virtues of language and cultural study in a multicultural world;
  • Redefining and refining learning outcomes;
  • Anticipating necessary skills in rapidly developing disciplines;
  • English/ Albanian/ Macedonian or German literature studies
  • English/ Albanian/ Macedonian or German linguistics
  • Communication Sciences and International Communication

Languages

Presentations can be delivered in four languages: English, Albanian, German and Macedonian.

Abstracts

Abstracts should be no more than 150 words and 5 keywords. The abstracts submitted in local languages need to be translated in English language as well. Paper presentations will take 15 minutes with 5-10 minutes for discussion.

Template

In the following link you can find the template for this conference paper: TEMPLATE

Participation and Publication Cost

A conference fee of 50€ (40€ for students) is to be paid in advance. The conference fee includes a conference welcome pack, two coffee breaks, and one lunch. The participants who travel from abroad, shall pay for their accommodation costs.

Students of undergraduate or Master’s programmes may apply to exhibit a poster presentation. Abstracts summarizing the basic topic of the poster presentation should be sent by 15 April 2024 to: multilingualconference@seeu.edu.mk.

A selection of papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings, and the best paper will be published in the academic journal of SEEU, The SEEU Review.

The fee for second/third author is 25€.

Bank account details for the transfer – NMKD

Name of Institution:  South-East European University- Tetovo
Tax#: 4028003134292
Address: Bul. Ilindenska no.335, 1200 Tetovo, Republic of North Macedonia
Name of the Bank: STOPANSKA BANKA AD Skopje
Address of the Bank
(Branch Tetovo):
Bul. Illyria no.32, 1200 Tetovo,  Republic of North Macedonia
Account number: 200001161622619

SEEU Bank account details for transfers in EURO

Name of Institution:  South-East European University- Tetovo
Tax#: 4028003134292
Address: Bul. Ilindenska no.335, 1200 Tetovo, Republic of North Macedonia
Name of the Bank: STOPANSKA BANKA AD Skopje
Address of the Bank
(Branch Tetovo):
Bul. Illyria no.32, 1200 Tetovo,  Republic of North Macedonia
IBAN: MK07200000900914749
Account number: 0009009147
SWIFT/BIC: STOBMK2X

Organizing Committee

Prof. Dr. Demush Bajrami (Dean, LCC, SEEU)

Prof. Dr. Andrew Goodspeed (Head, Dept. of English, SEEU)

Prof. Dr. Veronika Kareva (Executive Advisor for Performance Management & Quality, SEEU)

Prof. Dr. Arafat Shabani (Head, Educational Management, SEEU)

Prof. Dr. Liljana Siljanovska (Professor, Dept. of International Communication, SEEU)

Prof. Dr. Meral Veseli (Head, Dept. of Albanian, SEEU)

Prof. Dr. Brikena Xhaferi (Professor, Dept. of English, SEEU)

Prof. Dr. Gezim Xhaferi (Head, Dept. of German, SEEU)

Prof. Dr. Arta Toçi, South East European University, North Macedonia

Prof. Dr. Agim Poshka, South East European University, North Macedonia

Prof. Dr. Bujar Hoxha, South East European University, North Macedonia

Prof. Dr. Veton Latifi, South East European University, North Macedonia

Prof. Dr. Maja Muhic, South East European University, North Macedonia

PhD (c.) Vjosa Vela, South East European University, North Macedonia

PhD (c.) Shpresa Hasani, South East European University, North Macedonia

PhD (c.) Hava Mustafa, South East European University, North Macedonia

PhD (c.) Merita Ismaili, South East European University, North Macedonia

PhD (c.) Lumturije Bajrami, South East European University, North Macedonia

PhD (c.) Albina Amiti, South East European University, North Macedonia

Prof. Dr. Blagojka Zdravkovska, South East European University, North Macedonia

Dr. Jeta Hamzai, South East European University, North Macedonia

Dr. Daniela Kjirovska – Simjanovska, South East European University, North Macedonia

Dr. Marijana Marjanovikj – Apostolovski, South East European University, North Macedonia

Scientific Committee

Prof. Dr. Francesco Altimari, University of Calabria ( Italy).

Prof. Dr. Begzad Baliu, University of Prishtina (Kosovo)

Dr. Vesna Dimitrieska, Indiana University (U.S.A.)

Prof. Dr. Paul Foster, Montana State University, Billings (U.S.A.)

Prof. Dr. Allan Richard James, University of Klagenfurt (Austria)

Prof. Dr. Demush Bajrami (Dean, LCC, SEEU)

Prof. Dr. Benjamin Keatinge, Trinity College, Dublin (Ireland)

Prof. Dr. Armela Panajoti, University of Vlora (Albania)

Prof. Dr. Gezim Xhaferi (Head, Dept. of German, SEEU)

Prof. Dr. John Parrish-Sprowl, IUPUI (U.S.A.)

Research Assistant Ece Dillioğlu, Trakya Üniversitesi (Turkey)

Prof. Dr. Andrew Goodspeed (Head, Dept. of English, SEEU)

Prof. Dr. María Dolores Fernández Tilve, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Juan José Varela Tembra, San Jorge University. University Higher Studies Center of Galicia (CESUGA), Spain

Dr. Khayala Mammadova, Founder and Head of the International Multicultural Network, Azerbaijan

Prof. Dr. Milena Mileva Blažić, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Leonard Danglli, Yorkville University, Department of General Studies, Canada

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gulom Ismailov, Institute of Uzbek Language, Literature and Folklore of the Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences, Uzbekistan

Prof. Dr. Ulviyye Aydin Dokuz Eylul University Turkiye

Prof. Dr. Meral Veseli (Head, Dept. of Albanian, SEEU)

Dr. Rovena Vata, Academy for Albanalogical Studies, Tirana, Albania.

Dr. Jehona Mustafa-Murtezani, University of Applied Sciences in Deggendorf, Germany

Dr. Iranda Kurtishi, Assistant professor, American University of the Middle East, Kuwait

Prof. Dr. Arafat Shabani (Head, Educational Management, SEEU)

Prof. Milica Matoska, Education Professional at Western Sydney University, Australia

Prof. Dr. Lydia Mitits, Democritus University of Thrace Greece

Prof. Dr. Jesús Garcia Laborda, Universidad de Alcalá, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid (Spain)

Prof. Dr. Huseyin Uzunboylu, Near East University, (Cyprus)