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LINGUIST List 22.2034

Thu May 12 2011

Calls: Discipline of Linguistics, History of Linguistics/France

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Message 1: SHESL-HTL Annual Conference
Date: 11-May-2011
From: Emilie Aussant <emilie.aussantlinguist.jussieu.fr>
Subject: SHESL-HTL Annual Conference
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Full Title: SHESL-HTL Annual Conference

Date: 27-Jan-2012 - 28-Jan-2012
Location: Paris, France
Contact Person: Emilie Aussant
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.shesl.org/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=59

Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics; History of Linguistics

Call Deadline: 10-Jun-2011

Meeting Description:

Interventionist Linguistics
Socio-political Uses of Knowledge about Language and Languages

The 2012 SHESL-HTL annual conference will be devoted to looking into the socio-political uses of knowledge about language and languages, within a historical and transcultural perspective.

The general objective of the conference is to explore the past and present relationship between the language sciences (the term is interpreted broadly) and the socio-political domain. This should lead us, on the one hand, to come up with an overview of the possible stakes of research on linguistic issues, and on the other, to reflect on the role of language theorists – researchers, experts, missionaries, citizens – as language authorities: how do they behave in this role, do they refuse it, do they self-proclaim? More broadly, we shall question the relationship between knowledge about language and/or languages and socio-political intervention: are the language sciences more permeable to socio-political doctrine than other types of knowledge in the fields of the humanities and social sciences? Are they so in a different way?

Call for Papers:

Papers - four of which will be by invited speakers – will concern one of the four following thematic areas:

1)The language theorist as a social actor. As members of society, language documenters are affected by the social and political events of their time. How do they reconcile their dual status--as a social being on the one hand, and as an observer of social activity on the other? How have some linguists decided to use their work to further socio-political goals? Under what form can socio-political involvement affect one's work on language and/or languages?

2)The language theorist who is assigned a socio-political agenda. As specialists, language theorists can be called upon to enable socio-political projects, whether or not they wish to. Some classic examples of this are work by missionaries, the promotion of some linguistic varieties over others, the work of the 'language expert'.

3)The language theorist whose work is co-opted. Grammarians, linguists, lexicographers develop tools whose final form they do not fully control. Their work can indeed be co-opted and used for various unanticipated ends (social, political, religious, etc). How do they deal with such a take-over?

4)The manifestations of the different dimensions (theoretical, practical, social) of 'knowledge constitutive interests' in the language sciences.

Submissions (title and abstract of 400 words maximum, in French or English) should be sent to the organizers (emilie.aussantlinguist.jussieu.fr, cpuech50yahoo.fr, irene.catachwanadoo.fr) by June 10th, 2011. The author's name, institutional status, and email address should be on the abstract. Notification of acceptance will be by September 30th at the latest.




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