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Full Title: Sociolinguistics of Globalization: (De)centring and (De)standardization

Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Start Date: 03-Jun-2015 - 06-Jun-2015
Contact: Adam Jaworski
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Meeting Description: The Sociolinguistics of Globalization: (De)centring and (de)standardization

2015, 3-6 June, the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Following on a decade from the 'Language & Global Communication' conference held at Cardiff University (2005), the sociolinguistics of globalization has emerged and developed as an important, interdisciplinary programme of research. Much excellent work has broadened our understanding of the role of language in the representation, manifestation and spread of the ideologies and material processes of globalization.

We invite a reflection and re-assessment of these issues. Specifically, as suggested in the subtitle of the conference, we propose to focus on issues of spatial and symbolic mobility, change and paradigmatic state of flux that appear to characterize much of contemporary social life. With the social, cultural, political and economic processes continuing to destabilize traditional 'centres' and normativities, we are interested in identifying new, emerging regimes of language, dominant language ideologies, and the resources that are deployed to maintain and to subvert these ideologies.

We continue asking two fundamental and interrelated questions: How are we to continue theorizing language and communication under globalization? How can sociolinguistic theory shed new light on our understanding of globalization?

Plenary Speakers:

- Nikolas Coupland
University of Technology, Sydney and Copenhagen University
- Christopher Hutton
University of Hong Kong
- Michelle Lazar
National University of Singapore
- Christopher Stroud
University of the Western Cape
- Kathryn Woolard
University of California, San Diego

Invited Panels:

Dialects and Globalization
Organizers: Peter Auer and Barbara Johnstone
University of Freiburg and Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh

Online News
Organizers: Allan Bell, Alwin Aguirre and Philippa Smith
Auckland University of Technology and University of Hong Kong

Complex Sociolinguistics
Organizer: Jan Blommaert
Tilburg University

Language Change in London and Paris
Organizers: Penelope Gardner-Chloros, Jenny Cheshire and Maria Secova
Birkbeck University of London, Queen Mary University of London and Birkbeck University of London

The Local and/or The Global: The Discursive Construction of Imaginaries
Organizers: Michał Krzyżanowski and David Machin
Örebro University

Crisis? What Crisis?
Organizers: Nuria Lorenzo-Dus and Philippa Smith
Swansea University and Auckland University of Technology

Illusions and Delusions of the Centre
Organizer: Tope Omoniyi
University of Roehampton London

Mainstreaming Periphery in Sociolinguistics
Organizers: Sari Pietikäinen and Helen Kelly-Holmes
University of Jyväskylä and University of Limerick

Engaging the World of Language Work/ers
Organizer: Crispin Thurlow
University of Bern

Invited Round Table Meeting:

Englishes in Multilingual Asia
Conveners: Katherine Chen and Lisa Lim
University of Hong Kong
Linguistic Subfield: Anthropological Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 25.3870

The following session(s) will be held during this meeting:
Specialist Panel: 'Crisis, What Crisis?'
Articulating Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Asia
Hip-hop Pedagogies: Developing Language, Literacy and Critical Skills Among Young People

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