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Fri Aug 26 2011

Calls: Discipline of Linguistics/ RMN Newsletter (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Brent Miller <brentlinguistlist.org>


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Message 1: RMN Newsletter
Date: 26-Aug-2011
From: Mister Frog <editor.rmnnewslettergmail.com>
Subject: RMN Newsletter
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Full Title: RMN Newsletter


Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Sep-2011

Approaching Methodology

Questions of method and methodology are often both problematic and
elusive. 'Method' is frequently conflated with 'theory', 'argumentation' or
'objectives'. Discussions on method have been developing to in the research
traditions of many countries and diverse fields with emphasis on different
types of traditions and corpora. It is important to open this discussion on a
broadly international and cross-disciplinary level. We would therefore like to
open the discourse on method in RMN Newsletter, the international open
access bi-annual publication of Folklore Studies / Department of Philosophy,
History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki (ISSN 1799-4497). Our
publication promotes cross-disciplinary discussion on diachronic,
comparative and source-critical treatments of cultural expression across
diverse and intersecting disciplines:

http://www.helsinki.fi/folkloristiikka/English/RMN/index.htm

Approaching Methodology will appear as a special issue in May 2012, with
Pauliina Latvala (University of Helsinki) as a guest editor. We invite short
contributions (3-10 pages) addressing either specific methodologies or
abstract and theoretical questions and problems associated with method and
methodologies. We would welcome contributions on the following or related
themes:

- Defining 'method': What is a 'method' and what makes it difficult to define?
- Method and methodology in a particular field - in the history of discourse or
today?
- Method, theory, argumentation and dominant research paradigms: What are
their relationships in a discipline?
- Method and research objectives: Should objectives determine method? Can
method condition research objectives/findings?
- Established methods: What are the problems or benefits of methods
currently employed or established in a discipline? Are certain established
methods complementary or contradictory?
- Outdated methods: Do methods which have been rejected or fallen out of
favour retain practical value or inform us about methodology generally?
- New methods: We would welcome the introduction of new or emerging
methodologies and opening those methodologies for international discussion.

When addressing specific methods, please focus on the method, why it was
chosen or developed, how and why it was or was not effective, etc., rather
than focusing on the specific findings of your own research. We would like
submissions to be oriented to discussion and engagement in discourse, and
reasonably accessible to scholars from other fields.

Approaching Methodology will be subject to a length restriction as a whole,
requiring us to limit the number of contributions. Completed 3-10 page
submissions will have a deadline of Monday, January 15th, 2012, allowing
contributors to respond to comments and coordinate their papers with other
authors in February and March, with final language-checking in early April. If
you are interested in participating in this international and cross-disciplinary
discussion, please submit a 500 word abstract of your proposed contribution,
with your name, affiliation and contact information to Pauliina Latvala
(pauliina.latvalahelsinki.fi) by Friday, 30th September, 2011.



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