LINGUIST List 15.680

Tue Feb 24 2004

Calls: Anthropological Ling/Germany; Lang Acquisition

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  1. anchimbe_eri, New Hybridities: Societies and Cultures in Transition
  2. Jeroen van de Weijer, Developmental Paths in Phonological Acquisition

Message 1: New Hybridities: Societies and Cultures in Transition

Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2004 11:55:06 -0500 (EST)
From: anchimbe_eri <>
Subject: New Hybridities: Societies and Cultures in Transition

New Hybridities: Societies and Cultures in Transition 
Short Title: New Hybridities 

Date: 22-Jul-2004 - 24-Jul-2004
Location: Munich, Germany
Contact: Franck Heidemann
Contact Email:
Meeting URL: 

Linguistic Sub-field: Anthropological Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 01-May-2004 

Meeting Description:

An International Conference of the Graduiertenkolleg Postcolonial
Studies Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich: At Kloster Seeon

Call for Papers

"New Hybridities: Societies and Cultures in Transition" is the third
annual conference of the Graduiertenkolleg Postcolonial Studies at the
University of Munich, taking place on July 22-24, 2004 at Kloster
Seeon located between Munich and Salzburg.

Hybridity, acknowledged as one of the key terms in postcolonial
theory, most usually refers to "the creation of new transcultural
forms from within the contact zone produced by colonization"
(Ashcroft, Griffiths and Tiffin 1998: 118). For theorists such as Homi
Bhabha cultural hybridity posits a viable alternative to the
"exoticism of multiculturalism", and opens the way toward
"conceptualizing a [genuinely] international culture" (Bhabha 1994:
38). The term, however, remains disputed. Robert Young has pointed out
hybridity's racist legacy, while Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak has warned
against the kinds of "hybridist triumphalism" that celebrate the
catch-all concept of "cultural difference" without engaging
sufficiently with specific cultural differences, or that are given to
utopian visions of global transcultural communities despite the
obvious fact that enduring racial prejudices, cultural biases and
social hierarchies, all of which persist throughout much of the
contemporary world, have yet to be overcome (Young 1995; Spivak 1999).

The conferences focuses on questions like the following:

-What are the potentials and pitfalls of the concept of hybridity?
-How have the evolving discourses of hybridity that initially emerged
out of decolonization been transformed by current conditions of
-What are the meanings of hybridity in different social, cultural,
political, economic, historical, literary and linguistic contexts?
-What tensions have emerged between discourses of hybridity in the
different academic disciplines, especially in contemporary
postcolonial studies?

All theoretical and empirical contributions in the spirit of the
questions above are welcome. The conference aims at encouraging
interaction between graduate students with works in progress and
interested experts from various areas of Postcolonial
Studies. Submissions are welcome from Area Studies, Arts, Economics,
Gender & Sexualities Studies, Historiography, Linguistics, Literary
Studies, Media Studies, Political Sciences, Social and Cultural
Anthropology, Sociology, and all other disciplines interested in
issues of colonization, culture, and contact.

Abstracts of 250-300 words for 15-20 minute papers should be sent by
May, 1, 2004 to:

Graduiertenkolleg Postcolonial Studies
Institut für Völkerkunde und Afrikanistik
Oettingenstrasse 67
D-80538 Munich

Works Cited:
Ashcroft, Bill, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Tiffin (1998), Key Concepts
in Postcolonial Studies, London: Routledge.

Bhabha, Homi (1994), The Location of Culture. London: Routledge.

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty (1999), A Critique of Postcolonial Reason:
Toward a History of the Vanishing Present. Cambridge, MA: Harvard
University Press.

Young, Robert (1995), Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Theory, Culture
and Race. London: Routledge.
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Message 2: Developmental Paths in Phonological Acquisition

Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2004 11:24:03 -0500 (EST)
From: Jeroen van de Weijer <Jeroen>
Subject: Developmental Paths in Phonological Acquisition

Developmental Paths in Phonological Acquisition
Leiden, Netherlands
16-Sep-2004 - 18-Sep-2004

Conference URL:
Contact Person: Marina Tzakosta
Contact Email:

Linguistic subfield: Language Acquisition

Call deadline: 08-Apr-2004

Meeting Description:

The University of Leiden Centre for Linguistics (ULCL) will host a
three-day conference on phonological acquisition (L1, L2 and
bilingual) between 16 and 18 September 2004. The topic of the
conference is 'developmental paths'. We are interested in intra- and
inter-child variation, and specifically we wish to shed light on the
different strategies that different children (or one and the same
child) follow in the acquisition of its native language or of a second
language. Prof. Dr. M.M. Vihman (University of Wales, Bangor) has
kindly accepted to be our invited speaker.

Call for Papers: 

Second Call for Papers

Developmental Paths in Phonological Acquisition

Abstracts are invited for 20-minute talks (which will be followed by
10 minutes of discussion). Abstracts may not exceed two pages,
including data, figures, and references (12 pt font, 1 inch margins
all round). The deadline for submission is April 8, 2004. Abstract
submission by e-mail to one of the organizers is preferred (PDF
only). Presenters will be notified by the end of May and the final
program will be announced before the end of June. Selected papers of
the conference will be published.

Contact persons:
Marina Tzakosta:
Jeroen van de Weijer:
Claartje Levelt:

Abstract submission by email:
Jeroen van de Weijer:

deadline for abstracts: April 8, 2004
notification: end of May, 2004
program: end of June, 2004
conference dates: 14-16 September, 2004

Participants in the conference will have to make their own hotel
reservations. Please visit the website below to see general
information on Leiden, as well as a list of hotels in the immediate
vicinity (with price indications, as well as, in most cases, links to
the websites of the hotels themselves).

Conference website: , Click on ''Events''
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