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LINGUIST List 19.631

Sun Feb 24 2008

Calls: Applied Ling, Socioling/USA; Applied Ling/France

Editor for this issue: F. Okki Kurniawan <okkilinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Glenn Martinez, XIX Annual Symposium on Modern Languages
        2.    Fred Dervin, Anthropology, Interculturality...

Message 1: XIX Annual Symposium on Modern Languages
Date: 23-Feb-2008
From: Glenn Martinez <martinezgutpa.edu>
Subject: XIX Annual Symposium on Modern Languages
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Full Title: XIX Annual Symposium on Modern Languages

Date: 30-Apr-2008 - 02-May-2008
Location: Edinburg, Texas, USA
Contact Person: Glenn Martinez
Meeting Email: martinezgutpa.edu
Web Site: http://www.utpa.edu/dept/modlang/Flyer.htm

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics;

Subject Language(s): Spanish (spa)

Call Deadline: 15-Mar-2008

Meeting Description:

Border Walls and Border Mirrors: Literature, Language and Culture on the
US-Mexico Border

Final Call for Papers

Deadline March 15, 2008

The University of Texas Pan American announces the XIX Annual Symposium on
Modern Languages to be held April 30- May 2, 2008 on the UTPA campus in
Edinburg, Texas. The symposium theme this year will be Border Walls and Border
Mirrors: Literature, Language, and Culture on the US-Mexico Border. Invited
speakers include Cristina Rivera Garza, Socorro Tabuenca Cordoba, and Josiah
Heyman. Featured art exhibition: Muros Fronterizos by Alejandro Rosales Lugo.

Individual papers and organized panels are invited. Topics relating to any
aspect of literature, language, and culture on or about the border are welcome.
We particularly encourage papers and panels on sociolinguistic aspects of the
border dealing with education, immigration and security, works on Cristina
Rivera Garza, Socorro Tabuenca, and the recent border wall initiatives.

Papers may be in English or Spanish. All submissions must include the following:
name, affiliation, electronic address, paper title, and short abstract (not to
exceed one page). Extended Deadline March 15, 2008. Send abstracts to:

A selection of papers from the symposium will be published in a special issue of
Rio Bravo: A Journal of Borderlands.

Sponsored by:
Department of Modern Languages and Literature
Program in Latin American Studies
Program in Women's Studies
College of Arts and Humanities
Integrated Global Knowledge and Understanding Center of Academic Excellence
Office of International Programs
University of Texas Pan American
Message 2: Anthropology, Interculturality...
Date: 22-Feb-2008
From: Fred Dervin <frederutu.fi>
Subject: Anthropology, Interculturality...
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Full Title: Anthropology, Interculturality...

Date: 04-Dec-2008 - 06-Dec-2008
Location: Paris, France, France
Contact Person: Fred Dervin
Meeting Email: frederutu.fi
Web Site: http://users.utu.fi/freder/anthropo/Englishs.htm

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-May-2008

Meeting Description:

The purpose of this bilingual conference (French/English) is to examine the
miscellaneous ways of using such a complex discipline as anthropology and its
methods in language learning and teaching and to gather some of the leading
specialists interested in these methods.

Call for Papers

Meeting Description
« (?) The array of methods, observations and analyses available through
anthropology can help us to explain the complexity of a contemporary world
which witnesses contradictory movements of the explosion of diversity and
the end of boundaries » Augé & Colleyn

This is how one of the latest books which synthesizes the role of anthropology
(The Work of the Anthropologist (2006, Berg Publishers) justifies the importance
of anthropology in our contemporary worlds. Could the argument of the French
anthropologists Marc Augé and Jean-Paul Colleyn explain why anthropology and its
methods have been introduced (sometimes frenziedly) in language learning and
teaching, especially since the arrival of the much lauded concept of
interculturality in its didactics, which 'preaches' the acceptance and respect
of diversity, but struggles to connect discourse and acts?

Worldwide scientific literature in didactics but also applied linguistics
provides many examples of the introduction of anthropology in teaching/learning
- Anthropology of the distant other (Jane Jackson in Hong Kong );
- Anthropology of the near (Judith Humery & Fred Dervin in Finland, method
based on the study of non-places);
- Anthropology of mobilities and intercultural encounters (Celia Roberts,
Michael Byram, Ano Barro, Shirley Jordan et Brain Street 2000);
- Cyberanthropology (Internet, asynchronous fora, videoconference, Second
Life... O'Dowd, 2007) ;
- Auto-ethnography (use of personal diaries, Marie-José Barbot 2006);
- Anthropology done by teaching staff and researchers in the classroom (Anna
Triantaphyllou 2002);
- Problem-based anthropologies such as the one theorized by Martine
Abdallah-Pretceille which moves away from a descriptive ethnology (2003:

The purpose of this bilingual conference is to examine the miscellaneous ways of
using such a complex discipline as anthropology and its methods in language
learning and teaching and to gather some of the leading specialists interested
in these methods. The conference has its roots in a cooperative project on
cyberanthropology between the Universities of Paris 8 and Turku, Finland
(ACoNte, MSH Paris Nord) and in dramatic developments in the use of anthropology
witnessed in language learning and teaching in the past few years.

Papers should address research questions, including but not limited to the
following topics:
- Types of anthropological methods (interview, active/ peripheral participation-
observation?) and complementary methods of analysis (semiotics, discourse
analysis) used;
- The teaching and learning of these approaches/methods in language learning and
- Contexts/fields in which the approaches/methods are used (far, near, places,
- The role and contribution of new technologies in the use of anthropology
(fields: Second Life, pod-/videocasting; collection tools: digital cameras,
digital voice recorders...);
- Impacts of these methods on learners and teaching staff in the long run;
- Language and intercultural autonomous learning and anthropology;
- Issues raised by the use of anthropological methods in language learning
and teaching. For teaching staff? Learners? Observed individuals?
(generalisations, ethical problems, face loss...) :
- Establishment of links between e.g. participation-observation and results;
- Learning objectives in terms of intercultural, plurlingual, pragmatic,
linguistic, academic competences and their integration/progression in curricula;
- Assessment.
The topic of training teaching staff for these methods can also be

Invited Speakers:
- Martine Abdallah-Pretceille, Professor, Universities of Paris 3 & Paris 8,
- Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Professor of social anthropology, University of
Oslo (Norway) and Vrije Universiteit d'Amsterdam (The Netherlands);
- Shirley Jordan, Reader in French, Queen Mary, University of London,

Submissions in English or in French are invited in the following categories:
(1) Research papers (20 minutes + 15 minutes for questions)
These papers should document established results and/or present theoretical
(2) Presentations on work in progress (20 minutes + 10 minutes for
questions and comments from audience)
These papers may address issues still being worked upon.

The author(s) should submit one 300-word abstract by e-mail (frederutu.fi
and bfracchiollamshparisnord.org) by 15 May 2008. The abstract should
- the name, institution phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of each author;
- the title;
- objectives or purposes;
- perspective(s) or theoretical framework;
- methods, techniques, or modes of inquiry;
- data sources or evidence;
- (results and/or conclusions/point of view)

Abstracts will be reviewed by the scientific committee for originality,
significance, clarity and academic rigor. Links with theory must be explicit.

Authors are requested to submit their papers before the conference (November 15
2008). A publication of the proceedings with refereed status will follow the

Important Dates:
- Abstract Submissions: 15 May 2008
- Registration from 1 April 2008 - 80 euros (breakfasts, lunches and coffee
breaks included).
- Paper submissions: 15 November 2008
- Conference: 4-6 December 2008

Scientific Committee:
- Martine Abdallah-Pretceille, Université de Paris 3 & 8, President, ABG,
- Marie-José Barbot, Université de Lille 3, France
- Michael Byram, University of Durham, Great-Britain
- Fred Dervin, Département d'études françaises, Université de Turku, Finland
- Béatrice Fracchiolla, Université de Paris 8, France
- Gilberte Furstenberg, MIT, USA
- Esmeralda Lopes Rosa, Department of English, University of the Algarve,

Contacts (organisers):
- Fred Dervin, Senior lecturer, Juslenia, 20014 University of Turku, Finland;
Tel : +358 2 3336041, fax : +358 2 3336560, e-mail : frederutu.fi
- Béatrice Fracchiolla, Associate Professor, Département de ComFle, Université
de Paris 8, 2 Rue de la Liberté, 93200 Saint-Denis, France,
Tel : +33678140072, bfracchiollamshparisnord.org

Chek Our Websites for Further Information :
http://users.utu.fi/freder/anthropo/Englishs.htm & www.mshparisnord.org

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