Conference Proceedings, 2013 (and publishing opportunities)



We are proud to announce the first conference proceedings from the 15th Annual MLL Graduate Conference, “Good Laugh, Bad Laugh, Ugly Laugh, My Laugh”. The proceedings are housed at scholarship@Western, an online academic repository supported by the Western University library system, and are searchable through Google Scholar. They can be found at:

The proceedings have been considered as pre-publications, meaning that the authors keep the authorship rights and are free to submit versions of their own work to journals, or to post in blogs.

In addition, we will be looking for papers to publish in the conference proceedings for the 16th Annual MLL Conference on Brevity, which will take place on March 6-8, 2014. Those who are interested in presenting a paper and, eventually, be published can submit an abstract at by January 1st, 2014.

Finally, we would like to thank Jaime Brenes Reyes…

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Call for Papers / Convocatoria



16th Annual Graduate Student Conference
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Western University, Canada

Keynote speakers: Luca Somigli (University of Toronto); Mark McDayter (Western University).

“Cuando despertó, el dinosaurio todavía estaba allí” [When (s)he woke up, the dinosaur was still there]. This is the entirety of a 1959 short story by Augusto Monterroso. It could easily fit in a Twitter status update almost three times over.

Brevity can be interpreted in many different ways – from a sense of briefness and urgency to an economization of words. At times, brevity may be perceived as superficial or frivolous, except to those of Spartan sensibilities. To others, such as Polonius, “brevity is the soul of wit [/ And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, / I will be brief: your noble son is mad]” (II, ii).

Brevity can also allow us to linger on thought. In his memo on quickness, Italo…

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Call for Papers – Conference Proceedings: Good Laugh, Bad Laugh, Ugly Laugh, My Laugh

Call for Papers
Conference Proceedings: Good Laugh, Bad Laugh, Ugly Laugh, My Laugh

Timing counts when telling a joke. And as a joke is a time bomb, one punch line after getting together at the beginning of March for the Laughter conference at the Western, we have finally decided that a publication may not be a bad idea – it may in fact be a good idea, but definitely, we hope, not an ugly one. This is the plan: to publish online your submissions; that is, extended versions of your conference presentations.

We will consider the conference proceedings as pre-publications, which means that you keep the authorship rights and are free to submit versions of your own work to journals, or to post it in your blog. However, we do expect the best quality possible because the portal website we will be using, Scholarship@Western, is an online academic repository supported by the Western University library system. All works published through Scholarship@Western are searchable through Google Scholar.

In order to submit your presentation, open Then, at the left side, under the ‘Author Corner’ section, click on ‘Submit Event’. Once there, fill out the information: Event title (title of your presentation), Presenter information (your name), Date and time of the presentation (if you still remember), Disciplines (that your presentation touched on), Description (brief!), Comments (if you want to add how cool it was to present your paper), Full text of presentation (the file with the paper), Additional files (if you want to include slides and all that jazz). After so much work, click on Submit.

Please send us your contributions by October 15, 2013. The conference organizers will review the submissions and get back to you quickly. We plan to have the conference proceedings ready in December 2013.

We hope to receive as many submissions as possible, and to see you next year at Western!

On behalf of the conference organizing team,
Jaime R. Brenes Reyes

Sunday schedule

Hello delegates!

Thank you so much for a conference that has being running smoothly. As it was announced today during Dr. Ian Reilly’s lecture, there have been some changes to Sunday schedule because the city buses start running at 9am.

Session VII will be from 9:45 to 11am.

Coffee break from 11 to 11:15am.

Session VIII will be from 11:15 to 12:30pm

Dr. Luca Pocci’s keynote lecture remains as scheduled, from 12:30 to 1:30pm.

See you tomorrow!

Jaime, Aurie, and Jaime

Keynote Lectures

The keynote lectures will be held in University College 84 (UC84). There will be arrows in the corridors to direct you to the room.

See you tomorrow!

Jaime, Aurie, and Jaime

Weather Report

Hi delegates! 

We’ll be meeting you all in just a few days! In the meantime, we’d like to inform those of you coming from farther away – especially southern areas – that the Canadian winter is at it again! In London we’ve received a load of slushy snow in the past few days and that has prompted us to inform you (and put you at ease!) about the area’s coming weather conditions. Luckily, this snow is expected to disappear, and nicer weather come for the weekend, but we do want to encourage all of our delegates who might be unfamiliar with Canadian cold to bundle up and bring your snow boots! 
Look forward to seeing you soon! 
Jaime, Aurie and Jaime.