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LINGUIST List 17.1346

Tue May 02 2006

Calls: Anthropological Ling/Knokke, Belgium

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        1.    Peter Flynn, Linguistic Ethnography and Institutions


Message 1: Linguistic Ethnography and Institutions
Date: 28-Apr-2006
From: Peter Flynn <leinugent.be>
Subject: Linguistic Ethnography and Institutions



Full Title: Linguistic Ethnography and Institutions
Short Title: LEIN

Date: 20-Sep-2006 - 22-Sep-2008
Location: Knokke, Belgium
Contact Person: Peter Flynn
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.lein.ugent.be

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-May-2009

Meeting Description:

A residential colloquium involving intensive in-depth discussion on issues of linguistic ethnographic inquiry into institutions.

Linguistic Ethnography and Institutions
Knokke (Belgium), 20-22 September 2006

A JOINT PROJECT ORGANISED BY
THE DEPT. OF ENGLISH, GHENT UNIVERSITY
THE DEPT. OF LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION, GHENT UNIVERSITY
THE DEPT. OF AFRICAN LANGUAGES AND CULTURES, GHENT UNIVERSITY

Second Call for Papers
Institutions provide a relatively stable set of social arrangements and relationships, a set of structured roles and functions for those who ''inhabit'' them. As such, institutional discourse comprises the sum of rules, conventions, expectations and appropriate practices in any given institution. Is there an added value to combining linguistics and ethnography in the study of institutional discursive practices and their socially-constructed sets of conventions? Would or do such combinations open up new lines of analysis and understanding? Would a joint venture of linguistics and ethnography open up new perspectives on the characteristic forms of interaction within particular institutional sites and the discursive practices through which such sites are constructed and identified?

The workshop welcomes papers on epistemological and methodological issues arising from the conjuncture of ethnography and linguistics and/or emerging research questions which have relevance across a range of institutional contexts. Papers may relate to any of the following topics:
- Issues of access to research sites including issues of identity and participant observation in an institutional context.
- Issues of interpretation and representation of institutional discourse.
- The methodological/epistemological implications of new software applications for data collection in institutional contexts. Does the promise of new software applications lie merely in how they facilitate data collection and data organisation or do they also hold considerable promise for an expansion and deepening of ethnographic knowledge of institutions? Are they merely a tool or instrument for data collection or does their use have implications for all stages of the research process?
- Roles and social identity: how are institutional power roles played out through discourse?
- The inside and outside of institutional discourse. To what extent may linguistic ethnography shed light on the contrast between what happens on the very formal front stage and what happens back stage in an institution or profession?

Extended deadline for submitting abstracts: 15 May 2006
Please, send your abstract (300 words) to LEINugent.be
See www.lein.ugent.be for further details, including abstracts of keynote speeches by Janet Maybin (Open University) and Keith Richards (University of Warwick, UK)



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