Cincinnati Conference on RALL

April 6-8, 2023

43rd Cincinnati Conference on Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Keynote Speakers:                                                     

Abdellah Taïa, French                                                          Writer and Filmmaker

M. Rafael Salaberry, Spanish                                                  Rice University

Department of Romance and Arabic                      Languages and Literatures
University of Cincinnati

Co-chairs: Francisco Barraza Alonzo, Spanish & Rachel Rider, French
Head Graduate Assistant: Emma Mills
Conference Director: Dr. Nicasio Urbina

Call for Papers

43rd Cincinnati Conference on Romance & Arabic Languages & Literatures, April 6-8, 2023

The Cincinnati Conference on Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures is the oldest graduate students conference in the United States. It has run uninterrupted since 1980, with panels on all aspects of Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese languages and literatures. In 2019 Arabic was added to the department and to the conference. By 1983 the conference was attracting more than 200 presenters annually, currently we only accept 120 papers to make it an enjoyable and intellectually satisfying experience.

Faculty and graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for papers dealing with all areas and aspects of Romance and Arabic languages, literatures and cultures. Proposals on film, popular culture, cultural studies, creative writing, digital humanities, and non-canonical approaches to literature are especially welcome.

Please submit abstracts here through the 43rd CCRALL website

The 2023 keynote speakers are:

Abdellah Taïa, French, Writer and Filmmaker

"Abdellah Taïa (Arabic: عبد الله الطايع; born 1973) is a Moroccan writer and filmmaker who writes in the French language and has been based in Paris since 1998. He has published eight novels, many of them heavily autobiographical. His books have been translated into Basque, Dutch, German, English, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Danish and Arabic." Source: Wikipedia

M. Rafael Salaberry, Spanish, Rice University

"I am a Professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures at Rice University, where I conduct research in a number of areas associated with the fields of applied linguistics, second language acquisition, multilingualism and bilingual education. A list of my publications ranked by relevant citations is accessible through Google Scholar. Currently, I am on the Editorial Board of the following peer-reviewed journals: Journal of Multilingual Theories and PracticesAsia CALL Online Journal and Journal of Spanish Language Teaching. I am also on the  International Advisory Board of ILCE (Instituto de Lengua y Cultura Españolas) – Universidad de Navarra (Spain)." Source:

Individual presentations will be limited to 20 minutes and will be accepted in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, and Arabic. For consideration, please submit an abstract or panel proposal here through the CCRALL webpage.  Please fill out all the boxes and make sure you include the category in which your paper fits best. The abstract should be 250 words explaining your thesis and potential outcomes. If proposing a panel, follow the panel proposal options in the Google Form, including the title of the panel and of all the papers to be presented in the panel with their corresponding abstracts. There is a limit of four papers presented per panel.

Co-chairs: Francisco Barraza Alonzo, Spanish & Rachel Rider, French                                              Head Graduate Assistant: Emma Mills                                                                                      Conference Director: Dr. Nicasio Urbina

If you have any questions, please email us at

Deadline for submission: Friday, February 17th, 2023

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Download the Call for Papers PDF here.Replace with your text


You received a registration form with your acceptance email. This form must be filled completely and emailed back to or sent by mail. There are two options for payment of registration fees:

By PayPal, the simplest and preferred option because it is secure, quick, and easy to track. If you pay this way, please to attach the payment voucher to your registration form. PayPal payments can be made via our Payment Zone located here.

-If you prefer to pay your registration fee by check, please send the check (made out to Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages) along with your Registration Form to: Nicasio Urbina, Director of Graduate Studies, P.O. Box 210377, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0377.

We look forward to seeing you in Cincinnati!