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LINGUIST List 23.4282

Sat Oct 13 2012

Calls: Socioling, Discourse Analysis, Anthropological Ling/Finland

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

Date: 12-Oct-2012
From: Taina Saarinen <taina.m.saarinenjyu.fi>
Subject: Language and Super-diversity: Explorations and Interrogations
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Full Title: Language and Super-diversity: Explorations and Interrogations

Date: 05-Jun-2013 - 07-Jun-2013
Location: Jyväskylä, Finland
Contact Person: Saija Peuronen
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.jyu.fi/superdiversity

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Dec-2012

Meeting Description:

Language and Super-diversity: Explorations and Interrogations
University of Jyväskylä, Finland
June 5-7, 2013

During the past few decades, the face of social, cultural and linguistic diversity in societies all over the world has changed radically, producing complexity of a different kind than what has traditionally been captured in the notion of multiculturalism. This 'new' diversity, or super diversity (Vertovec 2007), encompasses a wide range of societal and cultural transformations that stem mainly from accelerated processes of geocultural and mediated globalization of the last two decades.

Super-diversity manifests most notably in such demographic and social changes as the tremendous increase in the categories of migrants, not only in terms of nationality, ethnicity, language and religion, but also in terms of motives, patterns and careers as migrants, processes of insertion into, settling in and interactions with the host societies. It is also witnessed in the increasing complexity of both physical and virtual spaces and their compressed and multi-scalar character. It shows in the enhanced mobility of people and the speed with which they can move between and access other places. In the same way, communication, the dissemination of information and the mediation of cultural practices and products are increasingly characterized by rapidity, simultaneity and ubiquity. Technologies of communication and information circulation offer new opportunities for interaction in which identifications are not organized on the basis of local, ethnic or national categories only but which are characterized by translocality, connectedness and heterogeneity.

In language use, a crucial effect of super-diversity is that the language and cultural biographies and repertoires, forms of communication and interaction between individuals, groups and communities cannot be presupposed. Language uses are not necessarily tied to national or ethnic groups or to standard varieties of language. Instead, they encompass a broad field of less predictable actors, activities and creative energies. In new combinations and intertwining of stability and instability, reliance on tradition and established normative orders are tied in with situated emergent forms of practice.

To capture, describe and explain the forms, processes, practices and effects of super-diversity, sociolinguists are faced with a multi-faceted challenge, calling forth a revision of some of their key tools - their theoretical apparata, methods of data gathering and analytic concepts (Blommaert and Rampton 2011). The aim of this international conference is to explore and interrogate the perspective offered by super-diversity, a perspective which for sociolinguistic study has tremendous heuristic potential

Invited Speakers:

Michael Silverstein (University of Chicago)
David Parkin (University of Oxford)
Christopher Stroud (University of Western Cape)
Sirpa Leppänen (University of Jyväskylä)

Invited Roundtable Discussion on Language and Super-diversity:

Jan Blommaert (University of Tilburg)
Ben Rampton (King's College)
Karel Arnaut (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity)
Jens Normann Jørgensen (University of Copenhagen)
Robert Moore (Penn Graduate School of Education)
Cécile Vigouroux (Simon Fraser University)


Blommaert, J. and Rampton, B. Language and Superdiversity. Diversities. 2011, vol. 13, no. 2. UNESCO. http://www.unesco.org/shs/diversities/vol13/issue2/art1
Vertovec, Steven. 2007. Super-diversity and its Implications. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 30(6), pp. 1024-1054.

Final Call for Papers:

This international conference invites scholars to propose topics relevant to language and super-diversity. These can include (but are not limited to) both contemporary and historical studies on

- Multilingualism
- Language and globalization
- Language crossing, switching, and mixing
- Contact-induced language variation and change
- Polylanguaging, translanguaging, metrolingualism
- Linguistic landscapes
- New literacies
- Computer-mediated discourse
- Language assessment for the determination of origin and citizenship
- Language (education) policy
- Language socialization
- Narratives of cultural belonging and difference

In terms of settings, the conference welcomes work on different everyday, institutional and educational settings at mega-cities, small places in centres and margins, as well as in mediated translocal communicative environments.

Studies on any languages and (inter)disciplinary takes (e.g. linguistics, sociolinguistics, sociology of language, linguistic anthropology, discourse studies, new literacy studies, pragmatics, ethnography, multi-modality and language education) are welcome.

Young and beginning scholars are warmly encouraged to contribute; the conference fee will be waived for five students from non-EU countries (applications to be included in the online registration form, to appear on the conference website).

Submissions are solicited for thematic panels, papers, and posters. Each participant may have at most two presentations at the conference: one single-authored and one co-authored paper/poster.

The language of the conference is English, but we encourage the use and visibility of other languages in bi/multilingual handouts, slides, etc.

Submission of proposals is now open. See https://www.jyu.fi/en/congress/superdiversity for more information on submission guidelines, registration and fees.

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