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Full Title: Workshop on Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Multilingualism and Identity
         
Location: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Start Date: 26-Nov-2012 - 27-Nov-2012
Contact: Mark Fifer Seilhamer
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://linguistics.hss.ntu.edu.sg/AboutLMS/newsevents/Pages/Workshop.aspx
Meeting Description: The study of identity and its production is far from a straightforward endeavor. In multilingual societies, the situation is arguably even more complex since multiple languages and language varieties offer speakers a wider range of resources to dedicate to the process of identity performance and construction, making the challenges for identity researchers ever more daunting. Recognizing that no single approach is adequate for analyzing identity in all its dimensions, the Digital Intangible Heritage in Asia (DIHA) research group in NTU firmly believes that the strengths of various research traditions - quantitative and qualitative, experimental and ethnographic - must be encouraged to cross-pollinate. Through this workshop, we aim to achieve just this sort of cross-pollination, bringing together sociocultural linguistics experts from psychology, linguistics, sociology, and interactive media design to produce a new and creative synergy across disciplines that can help us to come to a better understanding of how identities emerge in multilingual settings such as Singapore.

Participants:

Anne Pauwels (SOAS, University of London)
Itesh Sachdev (SOAS, University of London)
Dwi Noverini Djenar (University of Sydney)
Dagny Stuedahl (Intermedia, University of Oslo)
Halina Gottlieb (Interactive Institute, Sweden)
David Deterding (English Language and Applied Linguistics, University of Brunei Darussalam)
Chiu Chi-Yue (Nanyang Business School, NTU)
Hong Ying-Yi (Nanyang Business School, NTU)
Francesco Cavallaro (Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, NTU)
Hiroko Fujita (Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, NTU)
Luke Kang Kwong (Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, NTU)
Mark Fifer Seilhamer (Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, NTU)
Ng Bee Chin (Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, NTU)
Tan Ying Ying (Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, NTU)
Linguistic Subfield: Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 23.4701


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