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LINGUIST List 19.732

Tue Mar 04 2008

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics/UK; Applied Ling/Greece

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

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        1.    Astrid Ensslin, Creating Second Lives
        2.    Aikaterini Kiyitsioglou-Vlachou, 2008, Year of Intercultural Dialogue

Message 1: Creating Second Lives
Date: 04-Mar-2008
From: Astrid Ensslin <a.ensslinbangor.ac.uk>
Subject: Creating Second Lives
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Full Title: Creating Second Lives

Date: 24-Oct-2008 - 25-Oct-2008
Location: Bangor, Gwynedd, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Astrid Ensslin
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://nieci.bangor.ac.uk/conf/?q=callforpapers/3

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Ling & Literature; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 05-Apr-2008

Meeting Description:

This interdisciplinary conference will shed light on how virtual communities are 'read' and 'written', i.e. constructed textually through linguistic and semiotic en- and decoding, by producers and receivers of video and massively multiplayer online games as well as virtual worlds such as Second Life.

First Call for Papers

International Conference: 'Creating Second Lives: Reading and Writing Virtual Communities'

Games and virtual environments are playing an increasingly powerful role in Western entertainment and narrative culture. Of particular importance are the constant re- and de-construction of the embodied playing self and the post-industrialist, customisable fluidity of personal and social identity.

The conference's major intention is to bring together researchers from a wide range of different areas, who share an interest in semiotics, stylistics, codification, new media design, 3D programming and media/cultural studies but do not always speak the same 'language'. The conference will facilitate cross-disciplinary dialogue and understanding by providing room and material for discussions between scholars, scientists and professionals from the gaming industry. By doing so, it will help experts identify and debate current and future developments particularly in relation to the textual construction of subjectivities, communities and ideologies. Date: 24-25 October 2008. Venue: Bangor University.

Abstracts of 250-300 words are invited on any topic relating to the following themes and questions:
- How do we 'read' and 'write' virtual communities, i.e. how are identities, communities and ideologies constructed textually and discursively in video games and other digital environments?
- How are user identities 'coded into' virtual communities?
- To what extent and to what effect can we apply contemporary stylistic and semiotic theory and analysis to virtual, interactive communities?
- How do avatars impersonate networks, communities and societies?
- What are the roles of body and mind in virtual communities? Do they separate or amalgamate?
- To what extent do we need to revisit the notions of 'virtual', 'actual' and 'real' in relation to entextualised social and communal worlds and realities?
- How does and will 3D graphic design contribute - now and in the foreseeable future - to the construction of social identity?
- What programming tools and methodologies are/may be used to create virtual communities and inter-'personal' relationships?

Keynote speakers will include Prof Espen Aarseth, Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Gamestudies.org and author of Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature, and Fred Hasson, founding CEO of TIGA, the UK Games Development Trade Association.

Message 2: 2008, Year of Intercultural Dialogue
Date: 04-Mar-2008
From: Aikaterini Kiyitsioglou-Vlachou <rkiyitsifrl.auth.gr>
Subject: 2008, Year of Intercultural Dialogue
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Full Title: 2008, Year of Intercultural Dialogue

Date: 12-Dec-2008 - 14-Dec-2008
Location: Thessaloniki, Greece
Contact Person: Aikaterini Kiyitsioglou-Vlachou
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://congres.frl.auth.gr

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Call Deadline: 30-June-2008

Meeting Description:

La décision du Parlement Européen et du Conseil de l’Union de décréter 2008 « Année du dialogue interculturel » relève de la mission-même de l’Union Européenne.

La culture, le développement et la promotion des moyens favorisant un dialogue entre les citoyens des pays membres de l’Union Européenne élargie contribuent au respect de la diversité linguistico-culturelle et à la prise de conscience de la coexistence de différentes identités culturelles.
Les langues véhiculent leur propre culture et s’enrichissent au contact d’autres cultures tandis que ces différentes cultures s’expriment, elles, dans toutes les langues.

Dans leur volonté de participer à la mise en œuvre d’actions en faveur du dialogue interculturel, la Section de Linguistique et de Didactique des Langues et le Laboratoire de Didactique des Langues tentent une mise en relation du processus d’apprentissage/enseignement des langues-cultures avec le plurilinguisme, la diversité linguistique, l’inter/pluri-culture et l’altérité en organisant un Congrès International qui se tiendra du 12 au 14 décembre 2008 à Thessaloniki. Le Comité d’organisation invite les personnes intéressées à déposer une demande de participation aux travaux du Congrès.

Les axes thématiques autour desquels seront présentés et articulés les échanges de points de vue entre congressistes seront les suivants : – Inter/pluri-culture, plurilinguisme, altérité et Didactique des langues, – Diversité linguistique et apprentissage/enseignement des langues-cultures, – Pratiques didactiques et apports des Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication (TIC) pour le développement de la conscience inter/pluri-culturelle. Des propositions relevant de la thématique générale du Congrès et en rapport avec un des axes thématiques sont sollicitées.

Call for Papers

International Conference
The Department of Linguistics and Didactics of the School of French Language and Literature of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is organizing an International Conference from 12 to 14 December 2008 on:

''2008, year of intercultural dialogue: discussing with languages-cultures''

Invited Speakers: -
- Martine Abdallah-Pretceille, Université Paris 8 -
- Ana María Gimeno-Sanz, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia -
- Monica Heller, University of Toronto -
- Henry Boyer, Université Montpellier III -
- Claude Springer, Université de Provence
-- Mike Byram, Durham University

Thematic axes that will constitute an incentive for an exchange of views among participants are the following: -
- Inter/pluri-culturalism, plurilingualism, otherness and Language Didactics -
- Linguistic diversity and learning/teaching of languages-cultures -
- Teaching practices via the contribution of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for the development/cultivation of inter/pluri-cultural conscience

Official Languages: Greek, French and English.

Interested participants are invited to submit the title and abstract of their paper in two languages of the Conference (300-500 words and a maximum of five keywords) by filling the online form on the Conference website.
Electronic address: http://congres.frl.auth.gr

Abstract submission deadline: 30/6/2008.
Notification of acceptance: 30/9/2008. Proceedings will be published. Conference registration fee:
Early registration fee (until 30/9/2008) 100€€
Early registration fee for students (until 30/9/2008) 30€€
Late registration fee (from 1/10/2008) 120€€
Late registration fee for students (from 1/10/2008) 50€€
More information concerning registration, accommodation in Thessaloniki and other program details, will be announced on the Conference website.

Organizing Committee:
President: Simeonidou-Christidou, Α.Ν.
Vice-president: Tsitsipis, L.
Secretary: Kiyitsioglou-Vlachou, R. Hatzigeorgiou, L. Kella, V. Delhaye, O. Tsaknaki, O.
Treasurers: Kapragou, S., Tsaknaki O.
Members: Vergi, S. Hidiroglou, A. Arvanitis, P. Panagiotidis, P. Gravanis, L. Haralambopoulou, N. Koutsoussimou, V. Lambrou, I. Tzortzidou, S. Ganouli, C. Canaris, G. Dunez,

Scientific Committee:
Ch. Anastassiadi, M.-C., Kapodistrian University of Athens Anastassiadis-Siméonidis, Α., Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki
Androulakis, G., Hellas Open University
Antonopoulou, N., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Byram, M., Durham University
De Carlo, M., Rome
Deprez, Ch., University of Paris V
Hidiroglou, A., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Freris, G., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Kastelanou, G., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Oztokat N., University of Istanbul
Psaltou - Joycey Ang, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Senemoğlu, O., University of Galatasaray
Simeonidou-Christidou, T., Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki
Tsitsipis, L., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Tsopanoglou, An., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Valetopoulos, F., University of Poitiers
Vergi, S., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Vesselinov, D., University of Saint Kliment Ohkridski
Von Münchow, P., Paris Descartes University

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