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Selected Proceedings and Other Papers


Introduction

The Department of Modern Languages is pleased to present the selected proceedings from the biennial Cultural Constructions conferences held in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Texas at Arlington. The Cultural Constructions I and II conferences provided graduate students and faculty members from institutions of higher education in Texas, neighboring states and from abroad, the opportunity to present their original research and provide a snapshot of the current status of and knowledge in their respective fields of research. Our guest speakers, Dr. Pierre-Louis Fort, Dr. Richard Gordon and Dr. Thierry Léger, contributed greatly to the symposium's succes. Their presentations engendered dynamic discussions and lively exchanges amongst faculty and students. They modeled for those present the excitement and rewards of sharing the fruit of their scholarship, a large part of an academic life. Dr. Fort's and Dr. Légér's presentations are included in the Selected Proceedings. Dr. Gordon published an expanded version of his talk in the December 2006 issue of the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies. The variety of presentations is broad and the content is rich-providing a summary of the research articles cannot possibly do justice to the research that was presented and the lively discussions that ensued.

The Biennial Cultural Constructions conferences would not have been possible without the collaborative effort of several units on campus who generously offered their time and financial support to bring this endeavor to fruition. I would personally like to thank Dr. Antoinette Sol, Associate Professor of French, for her efforts in the coordination and planning of these events. I would also like to thank the following individuals or units for their generous financial support for the conferences: Dr. Beth Wright, Dean of Liberal Arts; Dr. Dana Dunn, Provost; the Linguistics Department; The Center for Mexican American Studies; The Language Acquisition Center of UT- Arlington, Women's Studies, and Whole Foods Dallas Bake House. We would also like to thank Mrs. Dórica Rosado in the planning and preparation of the reception for conference participants.

These proceedings represent a wonderful mix of diverse content, dedicated researchers, and well-articulated viewpoints. It is our sincere hope that you will find each paper insightful and thought provoking.


A. Raymond Elliott
Chair, Department of Modern Languages
January, 2009