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Full Title: Borders and Identities Conference 2013

Short Title: BIC2013
Location: Rijeka, Croatia
Start Date: 29-Mar-2013 - 30-Mar-2013
Contact: Zvjezdana Vrzic
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: Borders and Identities Conference 2013 (BIC2013)
29-30 March 2013
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Rijeka, Croatia


Marija Brala (University of Rijeka)
Zvjezdana Vrzić (New York University)
Carmen Llamas (University of York)

Keynote Speakers:

Dominic Watt (University of York)
‘Crossing lines and building bridges: What AISEB can tell us about accent and identity at international borders’

Nikola Petković (University of Rijeka)
‘Borders of and within Identities’

Borders and Identities Conference 2013 (BIC2013) continues and further investigates the themes discussed at the Borders and Identities Conference 2010 (BIC2010) organized and hosted by the University of York in Newcastle upon Tyne. The aim of BIC2013 is to contribute to further understanding of the construction, expression, and change of identity and the role of language in these processes, but by focusing specifically on communities living in borderland areas of the world.

Communities living in border regions often experience more complex, multi-layered and/or fluid identities than those living in more central areas of states (cf. Donnan and Wilson (2012), A Companion to Border Studies, Blackwell). This is even more true of communities inhabiting territories where the border has shifted in recent history and places where, as is often the case, state borders do not coincide with ethno-linguistic ones.

We aim to reach a better understanding of the role of language in the processes of identity construction, negotiation, expression and change, as is done in sociolinguistic and linguistic anthropological investigations, but we also look for interdisciplinary perspectives and dialogue and invite other approaches to the conference theme of ‘borders and identities’ (e.g., sociology of language, cultural studies, political science, political anthropology, and other related social sciences). The language of the conference will be English.

A whole-day excursion will be organized in the area of Rijeka on the third day of the conference on March 31, 2013. Rijeka is the largest city and the University of Rijeka the largest university in the multicultural and multilingual area of Istria and Kvarner, one of the most interesting, as well as beautiful, coastal regions of Croatia. This is also a prototypical borderland, criss-crossed by borders - historical, linguistic, cultural, administrative, and political. The latter moved and/or changed hands four times in the course of just the twentieth century.
Linguistic Subfield: Anthropological Linguistics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 23.4893

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