The 2023 Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC) Symposium committee invites proposals for individual or panel presentations at the 8th Annual Air University LREC Symposium, to be held in person November 15 – 17 at Air University on Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama.
The Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) – the Air Force’s Global Classroom – is centering this year’s LREC Symposium theme on the concept of Integrated by Design. Integrated by Design is the future-facing model proposed by Air Force Chief of Staff (CSAF) Gen Charles Q. Brown Jr. for solving global challenges by more closely aligning partnerships between the United States Air Force and allies throughout the world. This call to action emphasizes the importance of cooperation and shared understandings as a means of gaining an edge in global competition through even greater integration amongst U.S. allies and partners. Deliberate integration of practices, policies, values, and technologies will create stronger alliances, shorten response times and allow partners to work more effectively together. Success for the Integrated by Design model is predicated on mindsets and skill sets that CSAF calls Global Fluency. Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC) knowledge is key to achieving Global Fluency.
We seek submissions that speak to topics specifically included under LREC, such as language teaching and learning, sociolinguistics, culture (culture-general and/or culture-specific matters), and regional issues; that offer insights on or critically analyze practices, policies and values that bolster relationships with global allies and partners; or that relate to organizational design integration and/or explorations of the concept of Global Fluency in any possible historical, contemporary or future forms. We are open to wide-ranging methods and approaches from disciplines across the academic spectrum, including but not limited to the social sciences, history, andragogy, political science, psychology, organizational studies and cognitive science.
Submitting an individual presentation abstract:
Individuals will be allotted 25 minutes to present (20-minute presentation and 5 minutes of Q&A). The committee will assign individual presenters into panels (or blocks) of 3 that run for 75 minutes.
Submitting a Panel Abstract
Each panel will have a total of 75 minutes for panel presentations and Q&A.
Proposals may be accepted if they demonstrate that substantial critical thinking has been applied in the creation of an organized framework showcasing the results of original research or experience-based insights. Successful proposals will articulate an original idea, even if this idea is in an early draft form, that is grounded in evidence which renders the resulting argument more of a working contribution to knowledge than simply a well-formed opinion.
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