LINGUIST List 23.4893

Sat Nov 24 2012

Calls: Sociolinguistics, Anthropological Linguistics/Croatia

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Date: 24-Nov-2012
From: Zvjezdana Vrzic <>
Subject: Borders and Identities Conference 2013
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Full Title: Borders and Identities Conference 2013 Short Title: BIC2013
Date: 29-Mar-2013 - 30-Mar-2013 Location: Rijeka, Croatia Contact Person: Zvjezdana Vrzic
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Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 10-Dec-2012

Meeting Description:

Borders and Identities Conference 2013 (BIC2013)
29-30 March 2013
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Rijeka, Croatia


Marija Brala (University of Rijeka)
Zvjezdana Vrzić (New York University)
Carmen Llamas (University of York)
Keynote Speakers:

Dominic Watt (University of York)
‘Crossing lines and building bridges: What AISEB can tell us about accent and identity at international borders’

Nikola Petković (University of Rijeka)
‘Borders of and within Identities’

Borders and Identities Conference 2013 (BIC2013) continues and further investigates the themes discussed at the Borders and Identities Conference 2010 (BIC2010) organized and hosted by the University of York in Newcastle upon Tyne. The aim of BIC2013 is to contribute to further understanding of the construction, expression, and change of identity and the role of language in these processes, but by focusing specifically on communities living in borderland areas of the world.

Communities living in border regions often experience more complex, multi-layered and/or fluid identities than those living in more central areas of states (cf. Donnan and Wilson (2012), A Companion to Border Studies, Blackwell). This is even more true of communities inhabiting territories where the border has shifted in recent history and places where, as is often the case, state borders do not coincide with ethno-linguistic ones.

We aim to reach a better understanding of the role of language in the processes of identity construction, negotiation, expression and change, as is done in sociolinguistic and linguistic anthropological investigations, but we also look for interdisciplinary perspectives and dialogue and invite other approaches to the conference theme of ‘borders and identities’ (e.g., sociology of language, cultural studies, political science, political anthropology, and other related social sciences). The language of the conference will be English.

A whole-day excursion will be organized in the area of Rijeka on the third day of the conference on March 31, 2013. Rijeka is the largest city and the University of Rijeka the largest university in the multicultural and multilingual area of Istria and Kvarner, one of the most interesting, as well as beautiful, coastal regions of Croatia. This is also a prototypical borderland, criss-crossed by borders - historical, linguistic, cultural, administrative, and political. The latter moved and/or changed hands four times in the course of just the twentieth century.

2nd Call for Papers:

Extended call deadline: 10 December 2012
Notification of acceptance: After 1 January 2013

The BIC2013 organising committee welcomes abstracts for oral and poster presentations on the theme of identity construction in borderland areas. Papers with a theme focusing on language (see some possible themes below) are of special interest, but other related perspectives are also welcome. Abstracts should be written in the English language.

- Language ideologies in borderlands
- Language variation and national/ethnic identities
- Language shift and shifting language status on changing borders
- Multi-layered identities and language behavior
- Disputed identities and language
- Languages as bridges, languages as borders

Papers will be 20 minutes in length, followed by a 10-minute discussion period.

Anonymous 400-word abstracts (including references) should be submitted in PDF or Word formats. Please submit your abstracts using EasyAbs at no later than December 10, 2012.
Decisions about the acceptance of papers/posters will be sent out to authors after January 1, 2013. The conference fee is 50 Euros.

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