2018 Conference 




The Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures is organizing its sixteenth conference at James Madison University with the collaboration of the Departments of English, History, Justice Studies, Military Science, Philosophy and Religion, Political Science, and Sociology and Anthropology; the Schools of Music and Art and Art History; and the support of the College of Arts and Letters. This conference will bring together scholars/researchers and students from a variety of disciplines to look at the various meanings of courage and its value throughout the history of mankind.

From the early civilizations to the present, the virtue of courage has been part of people’s life because it exemplifies the mental or moral strength to resist oppression, danger or hardship, the firmness of mind and will in the face of danger or extreme difficulty. We find examples of courage as early as in the Trojan War, in Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt, and many more instances throughout the centuries. Today, too, there are many illustrations of bravery and moral courage. Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi, who endured grief and danger with grace and courage, come to mind immediately. Many people have died and are dying for their beliefs; and many more that are still alive are suffering for what they believe. Courage is also the virtue that is essential to leadership: “You can have all the right kind of ideas and the ability to express them. But, if you haven’t got guts, if you haven’t got courage... all the other virtues are no good at all. It’s the central virtue”. (Paul Johnson).

We are inviting faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, artists, community advocates, and independent scholars and researchers in fields such as English, foreign languages, history, art history, philosophy and religion, music, theatre and dance, political science, psychology, sociology, and the sciences to submit abstracts/proposals and convene panel discussions and/or workshops. We also encourage participants to organize and chair sessions.

Guidelines for Submitting Abstracts/Proposals

1.         Submit abstracts of about 300 words.

2.         Each abstract should include: title, author’s name, affiliation, address,
            telephone number and e-mail address. Proposals with multiple authorship
            should indicate the person to be contacted.

3.         The deadline for submission of abstracts/proposals is March 25, 2018.

4.         Send abstracts/proposals to: Dr. Giuliana Fazzion, Conference Program Director,
            Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures,
            James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.
            Tel: (540) 568-6128; Fax: (540) 568-6904; E-mail:

5.         Proceedings: Abstract or full text of your paper(s) presented at the conference may also be published in the Proceedings. 
           Upon receiving acceptance of your paper, please send a copy of your abstract or full paper to the
           Proceedings Editor, Dr. Stephany Plecker,  Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures,
           by no later than March 25. 2018.  E-mail:

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