LINGUIST List 25.1185

Mon Mar 10 2014

Calls: General Ling, Socioling, Discourse Analysis, Ling & Literature, Text/Corpus Ling/Germany

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 10-Mar-2014
From: Jennifer Smith <>
Subject: Urban Space Research Network Symposion
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Full Title: Urban Space Research Network Symposion
Short Title: USRN

Date: 23-Oct-2014 - 25-Oct-2014
Location: Heidelberg, Germany
Contact Person: Prof. Dr. Beatrix Busse
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-May-2014

Meeting Description:

Cities are complex and ever contradicting symbolic worlds and, therefore, serve as prototypical examples of multimodal space(s). Many recent publications on written signs and semiotic theories of (urban) space in particular have discussed this multifaceted issue (e.g. Landry/Bourhis 1997, Scollon/Scollon 2003, Backhaus 2007, Jaworski/Thurlow 2010, Warnke 2013). Especially the field of Urban Linguistics (Busse und Warnke 2014) has contributed to this debate by including not only all linguistic aspects of the city in an urban model but also its multimodal features.

Thus, urban space is not a mere parameter of linguistic variation but, in this case, language and all other semiotic formations (be they road signs, literature, facebook comments, pinterest pins, songs, historic maps of cities or even dialects, advertising and image campaigns of, in and/or about cities, artistic interventions or cultures of memory etc.) are first and foremost viewed as parameters of declarative acts constituting urbanity, of urban meanings and, more generally speaking, of urban worlds.

Conference languages are both English and German.

Please see the Call for Papers or our website for further information.

Call for Papers:

The symposium sets out to explore the city as medi-ated representation and to simultaneously analyse forms, functions and effects of multimodal semiotic formations, which also always have to be understood as historically motivated. This question lends itself to considering how stable or variable multimodal urban signs are or can be, and moreover encompasses the discussion of how the multimodal city can adequately be analysed by means of interdisciplinary theoretical models. In addition, the symposium seeks to examine and further develop quantitative and qualitative methods that enhance the process of integrating the diverse range of heterogeneous signs.

The symposium is interdisciplinary by nature and invites contributions and topics from the fields of linguistics, literary and cultural studies, sociology, architecture as well as all related disciplines that focus on sign-based processes of urban communication.

The symposium relies on discussions of past USRN forums (see but is always open to new submissions and welcomes all researchers who are interested in contributing to the network's work.

Please make sure your submission corresponds to the symposium's subject matter and send your ab-stract (max. 400 words) along with information on your research areas and institutional affiliation via email to

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 1 May 2014. All received abstracts will be reviewed and a notification of ac-ceptance will be sent by 15 May 2014.

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