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Sat Mar 04 2006

FYI: Call: Training Workshops/Travel Grants

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        1.    Joachim Scharloth, Call for Applications: Training Workshops/Travel Grants

Message 1: Call for Applications: Training Workshops/Travel Grants
Date: 04-Mar-2006
From: Joachim Scharloth <scharlothaccess.unizh.ch>
Subject: Call for Applications: Training Workshops/Travel Grants

University of Zurich, German Department
Level: Open
Duties: Travel Grants
Specialty Areas: Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis

European Protest Movements since the Cold War: The Rise of
a (Trans-)national Civil Society and the Transformation of
the Public Sphere

Marie Curie Conferences and Training Courses, Series of
Events (SCF)

Martin Klimke (HCA Heidelberg, Germany)
Joachim Scharloth (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Kathrin Fahlenbrach (University Halle, Germany)

The Research Group EUROPEAN PROTEST MOVEMENTS invites applications from
postgraduate students, early stage researchers (PhD-students) and postdocs who
are working in the field of European protest movements for the participation of
two training workshops within a series of Marie Curie Conferences and Training
Courses on European Protest Movements since the Cold War: The Rise of a
(Trans-)national Civil Society and the Transformation of the Public Sphere.

Workshop I: Tracing Protest Movements: Perspectives from Sociology, Political
Sciences, and Media Studies
Date: November 22-25, 2006
Location: Martin-Luther-Universitt Halle,Germany

Workshop II: Designing a New Life: Languages, Aesthetics and Lifestyles of
Political and Social Protest
Date: March 7-10, 2007
Location: German Department, University of Zurich, Switzerland

The aim of the workshops is to provide the trainees with an overall view of the
scientific approaches to protest movements and enable them to apply proper
conceptual, theoretical and methodological frameworks to their own
research. The teaching will be performed by the leading scholars of all relevant
fields. All travel costs within reasonable boundaries will be covered by the
European Union.

The dominant target group includes:
(1) Early stage researchers with no more than 4 years of experience in their
research activities (e.g. PhD-students)
(2) Experienced researchers with up to 10 years of research experience since
their graduation (e.g. Postdocs).
(3) Experienced researchers with more than 10 years of experience, who are
nationals of Member States or Associated States of the EU and active outside
these states at the time of the event.
(See also www.protest-research.org for more detailed definitions)

The organizers aim at a balanced representation of disciplines involved in the
research of various forms of protest phenomena in Europe since 1945. Topics at
the workshops of particular interest to linguists:

- What are the common characteristics of various languages of protest and what
is their function for the identity and mobilization of the movements? Do protest
movements influence the social order by changing the forms of communication?
- To what extent can social protest be described as a semantic struggle among
dissenting groups? Can the dynamics of protest possibly be explained as a
reaction to the linguistically produced reduction of possible actions?

The field of cultural studies has introduced a new dimension to the research on
protest movements in recent years. Instead of focusing on the instrumental
aspects of protest actions, cultural anthropology, gender studies and
linguistics have emphasized the importance of their symbolic and performative
dimensions. Protest actions are being viewed as signs or symbols, as bearers of
meanings rather than instruments for the pursuit of political goals. Discourse
analysis in its various forms has revealed the importance of narratives for
building coherent ideologies which serve to legitimize protest. Finally,
linguistic discourse analysis traced the methods of creating and occupying
concepts in the public sphere.

For the full call, please visit:

Applications should contain the applicants' CV (incl. list of relevant
publications) and an abstract of 1-2 pages of their research project (all in
English). An application for participation at both workshops is recommended.
Please use the online application forms available at www.protest-research.org.
Applications from female researchers and scholars from Eastern Europe are
particularly encouraged.

Deadline for applications: June 15, 2006
Selections will be made by: July 15, 2006
Email applications to: mailprotest-research.org
For further information, and for an application: www.protest-research.org
or send an email to: mailprotest-research.org

Contact Information:
Dr Joachim Scharloth
Email: scharlothaccess.unizh.ch

Joachim Scharloth
Johann-von-Weerth-Straße 24
D-79100 Freiburg im Breisgau

Universität Zürich
Deutsches Seminar
Schönberggasse 9
CH-8001 Zürich
Tel.: +41-(0)1-634 2518

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

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