LINGUIST List 26.629

Thu Jan 29 2015

Summer Schools: An Interdisciplinary Summer School on Economy and Language / Paris, France

Editor for this issue: Malgorzata Cavar <gosialinguistlist.org>


Date: 28-Jan-2015
From: Salikoko Mufwene <s-mufweneuchicago.edu>
Subject: An Interdisciplinary Summer School on Economy and Language / Paris, France
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An Interdisciplinary Summer School on Economy and Language / Paris, France

Host Institution: University of Chicago
Coordinating Institution: Simon Fraser University
Website: http://www.collegium-lyon.fr/call-for-applications-an-interdisciplinary-summer-school-on-economy-and-language-255662.kjsp?RH=IEA_020000ANG

Dates: 10-Aug-2015 - 22-Aug-2015
Location: Paris, France

Focus: The Summer School will bring together economists interested in the role that language plays in economic development and linguists working on economic aspects of language practice, in an effort to bridge both economics and linguistics on their overlapping interests.

Minimum Education Level: BA


Special Qualifications:
We prefer students who are enrolled in a PhD program.


Description:
The Collegium of Lyon, France, in collaboration with the Réseau Français des Instituts d'Etudes Avancées (RFIEA), is sponsoring a two-week interdisciplinary summer school on Economy and Language at the University of Chicago Center in Paris, during August 10-21, 2015.

Organized by Professor Salikoko S. Mufwene (University of Chicago) and Professor Cécile B. Vigouroux (Simon Fraser University), this Summer School is one of the outcomes of the productive workshop on Language and Economy hosted by them, at the same location, on June 19-20, 2014. Like the Workshop, the Summer School will bring together economists interested in the role that language plays in economic development and linguists working on economic aspects of language practice, in an effort to bridge both economics and linguistics on their overlapping interests. We learned, among other things, how useful it is to understand how practitioners in the other disciplines address issues that may be negligible to us and/or why they address them the way they do.

The aim of this Summer School is to bring together PhD students in economics and linguistics who are working on or are interested in any the manifold aspects of the relationship between economy and language in order to continue engaging in a fruitful and overdue dialogue between the two disciplines.

Lectures will be taught and discussion sessions will be led alternately by economists and linguists, who have published on economy and language from the point of view of their respective discipline.

Lectures will cover a broad range of topics including:
- Language and economic development
- Language in/and materiality
- Language proficiency and its implications for language policies
- Informal economy and language practice
- Language proficiency and immigration
- Language commodification and income-earning
- Economy and language vitality
- Costs and benefits in foreign language learning
- Use of national micro-data in measuring patterns and trends in language demographics
- Linguistic distances and their use in economics
- Standardization and its discontents

Instructors
Professor Barry Chiwick (Economist), University of Washington
Professor Paulin Djité (Linguist), retired from the University of Western Sydney, Australia
Professor Judith Irvine (Linguistic anthropologist), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Professor Salikoko S. Mufwene (Linguist), University of Chicago
Professor Dorrit Posel (Economist), University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Professor Cécile B. Vigouroux (Linguist), Simon Fraser University, Canada
Professor Schlomo Weber (Economist), Southern Methodist University, Dallas and New Economic School, Moscow

Targeted Participants
Economics and linguistics PhD students at any stage of their training/research are welcome to apply. The Summer School is open to students working in different subfields of economics (micro and macro) and of linguistics (e.g. applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, ethnography, linguistic anthropology, language endangerment), as well as in related areas (e.g., economic sociology,
economic anthropology, political economy).

Format
The Summer School will consist of daily 3-hour lectures in the morning and 3-hour discussion sessions in the afternoon, Monday through Friday. Depending on whether the morning lecture is taught by an economist or a linguist, the discussion will be led by an expert in the other discipline. One-on-one interactions with the instructors will be facilitated for PhD students to discuss particular aspects of the latter’s research interests. One Saturday will be reserved for students to give short presentations on their research projects and benefit from the feedback provided by the participants.


Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Tuition Explanation: Students pay only for their travel to Paris. Tuition is free. Room and board
expenses will be underwritten by our French sponsors. Please log on the website for complete information.


Registration: 28-Jan-2015 to 15-Mar-2015

Contact Person: Cécile B. Vigouroux
Email: cvigourosfu.ca

Apply by Email: collegium-lyon.candidatureens-lyon.fr
Apply on the web: http://www.collegium-lyon.fr/call-for-applications-an-interdisciplinary-summer-school-on-economy-and-language-255662.kjsp?RH=IEA_020000ANG

Registration Instructions:
Please read the complete relevant information online before applying.

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