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Mon Jan 18 2010

Calls: Discourse Analysis/International Journal for the Semioti...(Jrnl)

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        1.    Anne Wagner, International Journal for the Semiotics of Law

Message 1: International Journal for the Semiotics of Law
Date: 18-Jan-2010
From: Anne Wagner <valwagnerfryahoo.com>
Subject: International Journal for the Semiotics of Law
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Full Title: International Journal for the Semiotics of Law

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis;Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 31-May-2010

Call for Papers: Nation, Identity and Multiculturalism

Editors: Anne Wagner, Jixian Pang and Cheng Le

The phenomenon of multiculturalism has become a crucial issue,
especially when Nation, Identity and Multiculturalism are concerned.
Over the years, this theme has become prevalent in many countries
(for instance in Switzerland recently with the Minarets) even though
this issue is not new at all.

Countries are composed of different cultures, religions and practices
that have lived together in the colonial periods and even after leading
to the use of different legal systems. This multiculturalism thus
questions the relations between Nations and Identities with the
unavoidable question of freedom of religion and the principle of
equality. A harmonized culture is questionable (see the case of
"National identity debate" in France).

This duality in nature implicitly conveys the cultural ecumene where the
legal reality is "rather an unsystematic collage of inconsistent and
overlapping parts" (Griffith 1986, 4). However, exchange processes
operate at different levels where unity and fragmentation join to
negotiate and find transitional spaces:
We live in a time of porous legality or legal porosity, multiple networks
of legal orders forcing us to constant transitions and trespassings. Our
legal life is constituted by an intersection of different legal orders, that
is, by interlegality. (Boaventura de Sousa Santos, 1995, 473). This dual
nature - unity and fragmentation - is not a new mask indeed, but a
"powerful tool for social manipulation" (Deacon 1997: 428). Tolerance
is harmony in difference (Unesco's Declaration of Principles on

We invite contributors to reflect on the growing importance of Nation,
Identity and Multiculturalism in our international community and how
these main ideas have been examined over the years. Papers, which
examine the ways 'actors' in our society (legislators, politicians,
activists, movie producers, singers, painters, graffiti artists,
photographers etc.) have provoked public discourse to confront
Nations, Identity and Multiculturalism, are particularly welcome.

Some of the main axes of research could deal with:
1. Approaches towards Identity, Nation and Multiculturalism,
2. What is Identity? (civil, religious, legal identities)
3. Political institutions and their roles over these issues,
4. How to best describe a Nation? Is Multiculturalism the answer?,
5. Identity and Citizenship in the legal, political and work spheres,
6. Identity and Multiculturalism in Literature and Arts,
7. Nation, equality of treatments (anti-discrimination laws, evolution of
legislation due to societal changes),
8. Education, school and social integration.

Deadlines for the publishing process
1. First draft submissions: 31 May 2010
2. Editorial decisions: 31 August 2010
3. Revised paper submissions: 30 September 2010

The length of the paper should not normally exceed 7000 words,
including references, footnotes, and appendices, if any. Please follow
the style sheet for the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law
(Visit the website at http://www.springer.com/law/journal/11196)

Proposals in English should be sent by e-mail both to Anne Wagner at
valwagnerfryahoo.com and to Cheng Le at chengle163hotmail.com

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