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Konrad Szymanowski

Title of Program: Sociolinguistics in International Diplomacy

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Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Year: Sophomore

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2023

Description of Program: My program seeks to study modern international diplomacy through a sociolinguistic lens to understand what role our languages play in defining the field of international relations, especially by focusing on the cultural and societal constructs of human language. By utilizing the subfield of sociolinguistics, I aim to explore how languages, based on their structures, societal environments, and cultural inherencies, can explain the interactions of nation-states and international organizations. An important part of this program is figuring out how nations and peoples create and interpret specific linguistic constructions, thus allowing for a better comprehension of how modern-day diplomacy is affected not only by political theories and realities, but also by sociocultural language factors within human communication.

Departmental Emphases: Linguistics, Political Science (International Relations), Anthropology, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, Sociology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jessi Grieser

Plans after graduation (career, graduate/professional school, etc.): I plan to continue my education by getting my graduate degree (at UTK or elsewhere) to further my focus in sociolinguistics; my long-term goal in this pursuit is definitely the Fulbright, Boren, and/or Soros Scholarships. I am also considering pursuing a PhD in Europe (where I ultimately intend to reside) and am researching programs at the University of Warsaw, Poland and the University of Vienna, Austria.

Other Academic Interests: German, Spanish, and Slavic languages and cultures; Art History (especially Baroque and Art Nouveau art and architecture); Urban Studies (specifically Public Transportation); Geography; Psychology

Prior Enrollment at Other Colleges or Universities: Governor’s School for International Studies at the University of Memphis, Summer 2018

Study Abroad: I am applying to study at Leibniz Universit├Ąt Hannover in Hannover, Germany during spring semester 2021 to immerse myself in German language and culture, as well as research and gather materials for my senior thesis concerning language shifts in central Europe following the fall of communism. I am also considering summer programs in Lima, Peru and other destinations abroad in South America.

Part-time employment; Hobbies; Campus Clubs/Activities: I love art and history museums; cafes and iced coffee; Amateur numismatist (I collect international coins and banknotes) and cartographer (I love making maps!); Model UN

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