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LINGUIST List 25.1249

Thu Mar 13 2014

Calls: Socioling, Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Anthropological Ling/UK

Editor for this issue: Anna White <awhitelinguistlist.org>

Date: 12-Mar-2014
From: Jaspal Singh <singhjncardiff.ac.uk>
Subject: Downscaling Culture: Revisiting Intercultural Communication
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Full Title: Downscaling Culture: Revisiting Intercultural Communication

Date: 18-Sep-2014 - 19-Sep-2014
Location: Cardiff, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Jaspal Singh
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/encap/newsandevents/events/conferences/downscalingculture.html

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

Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2014

Meeting Description:

Downscaling is a term used in geography, meteorology and satellite imaging. We use it here metaphorically to suggest that a higher resolution in cultural analysis enhances our understanding of communication and culture in the early 21st century.

The linguistic study of intercultural communication is commonly concerned with analysing miscommunication between speakers from two or more different 'cultures', defined predominantly as large-scale nation and language communities. It has been argued that such studies essentialise culture as a given variable (Nakayama and Halualani 2010), which sits uneasily with more de-nationalised concepts of culture. 'Transculturality' (Welsch 1999), for instance, describes the increasing multiplicity of cultures within individuals and between networks of individuals, that cannot be accounted for simply by identifying where people are from. Also British Cultural Studies put culture on a new footing in their turn towards popular culture to explain ideological struggles, hegemony and power relations in western class societies (e.g. Hall et al. 1992). These trends entail a fresh look at local cultures, a downscaling of culture: subcultures, small groups, families, communities of practice; every group of persons who use common signs to create meaning-making ensembles of signs that relate to their life-world.

This conference is made possible through the ESRC Partnering Scheme.

Call for Papers:

In this conference we would like to explore the possibilities of studying these downscaled cultures in their contact with other downscaled cultures. We invite papers which revisit the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of intercultural communication studies, which deconstruct 'culture' and which define the distinctions between 'cross-cultural', 'inter-cultural' and 'intra-cultural' communication (see Ma 2004; Wagener 2012; Kress 2012), as well as papers on various topics, which include, but are not limited to:

- Lay-professional communication
- Interdisciplinary communication (e.g. in academia, business, politics)
- Cross-organisational communication
- State-citizen communication
- Tourism
- Research on AI, robotics, post-human studies
- Covert prestige
- Cross-subcultural communication, subculture-mainstream communication
- Researcher-researched communication
- Lingua Franca communication
- Sign languages communication
- Animal-human communication
- Multinational and management-employee business communication

With this programme we wish to update research on intercultural communication by broadening its empirical repository. Correspondingly, researchers who haven't worked with the concept of intercultural communication - or indeed who haven't worked with 'culture' - are invited to take a fresh look at their work. A conference volume of selected papers is planned, further information will follow during and after the conference.

Abstracts (300 words) for papers and posters are invited until 30 April 2014. Acceptance will be communicated by 31 May 2014. To submit an abstract or for queries, please contact the organising committee:


Jaspal Singh, Argyro Kantara, Dorottya Cserző

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