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Fri Apr 22 2016

FYI: Call for Chapter Proposals: When ''Home'' Means More Than One Country

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Date: 22-Apr-2016
Subject: Call for Chapter Proposals: When ''Home'' Means More Than One Country
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Call for Chapter Proposals
When "Home" Means More Than One Country
The Discursive (Re) Construction of Identities in Trans-National Migrant Communities

Daniel Ochieng Orwenjo,
Department of Language and Communication Studies,
The Technical University of Kenya


Asiru Hameed Tunde
Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina, Nigeria

The discursive construction of identity has become a central concern amongst researchers across a wide range of disciplines both within the humanities and the social sciences. Migration is a process of social change where an individual, alone or accompanied by others, because of one or more reasons of economic betterment, political upheaval, education or other purposes, leaves one geographical area for prolonged stay or permanent settlement in another geographical area. When people migrate from one nation or culture to another they carry their knowledge, worldview, fears and aspirations with them. On settling down in the new culture, their cultural identity is likely to change and that encourages a degree of belonging; they also attempt to settle down by either assimilation or biculturalism. Language, probably more than any other human factor is the greatest contributor to, and a manifestation of this process of identity construction.

Studies on migrants have lately taken different discursive dimensions from media, security and economic perspectives. These perspectives are usually geared towards understanding the political and economic implications of migrants around the world. However, one area that still needs scholarly attention is linguistic practices of migrants in their identities construction. Trans-national migrant communities around the world have always had to deal with this dilemma of identity regarding their places of exodus and where they are settled. This is because parts of the elements that traditionally define a man are connected to his place of extraction, language and other sociocultural practices. As a result, migrants are usually stranded between the choices of either constructing new identities for themselves through the language and cultural practices of their new settlement or retaining their language which, most times, becomes a sub-variety of their source language because of contact with the language of their new environment. Their identity construction will be such that it varies owing to their different experiences from their place of migration and their new settlement. Also pertinent to this discourse is media portrayal of migrants which leads to several forms of representation and identities. Media representation often develops to be a norm, in most cases, for defining migrants. Through negative representations, some are labeled lazy weaklings, terrorists who move in waves to another settlement. How some of these stereotypes are constructed and challenged and immigrants self identity construction will be part of the interesting topics that will be covered in the proposed book.

Objectives of the book
The proposed book will investigate the linguistic practices, norms and controversies woven around identity construction and reconstruction by, and of, migrants. By implication, it will contribute to scholarship on migrant/refugee discourse which, at present, is taking an unprecedented rate in the world. A proposed book of this nature is, therefore, important as it will provide new insights and perspectives to the studies on migrant communities.

Target audience
Researchers, academicians, graduate students, policy makers and the general public will find the book as a good reference for further researches about migrants and to make reliable conclusions about linguistic practices of migrant communities.
Recommended topics
The proposed book will have both empirical and theoretical chapters covering a wide range of topics which include, but are not limited to the ones listed below:

- (Re)construction of migrant identities by migrants
- (Re)construction of migrant identities by natives
- Language use in migrant communities
- Media representation of migrants
- Language policies in migrant communities
- (Re)construction of migrant heritage identities
- Enculturation of cultural elements in (re)construction of migrant identities
- Acculturation of cultural elements in (re)construction of migrant identies
- Identity Structure Analysis
- Migrant political identities
- Migrant religious identities
- Migrant ethnic identities

Submission Guidelines
Researchers are to submit a maximum of 2-page chapter proposal which should include an Abstract, Title and specify the thematic focus of the chapter. The submissions should be sent to and copy

The book is scheduled to be published by PETER LANG International Academic Publishers as part of the book series: Language, Migration and Identity (ISSN 2296-2808). For additional information regarding the publisher, you could visit

Important Dates
Proposals Submission Deadline: 31 May, 2016
Notification of acceptance: 15 June, 2016
Full Chapter Submission: 15 September, 2016
Return of reviews: 15 November, 2016
Final Chapter Submission: 15 December

Inquiries and submissions should be forwarded by mail to: and copy

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Language Acquisition; Language Documentation; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics

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