LINGUIST List 27.1907

Tue Apr 26 2016

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Ling & Lit, Pragmatics, Socioling, Translation/Germany

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 26-Apr-2016
From: Julia Hubner <>
Subject: IV. Postgraduate Forum ''Postcolonial Narrations''
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Full Title: IV. Postgraduate Forum "Postcolonial Narrations"

Date: 09-Oct-2016 - 11-Oct-2016
Location: Munich, Germany
Contact Person: Julia Hubner
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Ling & Literature; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics; Translation

Call Deadline: 15-Jun-2016

Meeting Description:

The 2016 Postcolonial Narrations Conference takes place at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and focuses on the diverse strategies, means and forms of “Expressing the Postcolonial”. The conference invites junior researchers to investigate the range of potential expressions for different conceptualisations of postcolonial identity and experience, deliberately broadening the scope to include literary, linguistic and cultural interpretations of the term.

The postgraduate forum aspires to promote inter- and cross-disciplinary discourse, exchange and collaboration among junior researchers and welcomes contributions by PhD students or postdocs who work in the fields of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures, Linguistics (Variational Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Literary Linguistics, ESL), Comparative Literature and Theories of World Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Diaspora Studies or Translation and Publishing to present their research in an inspiring atmosphere to peers from various fields and disciplines.

Please see the Call for Papers and the website for further details.

Call for Papers:

The notion that linguistic behaviour can serve as one of the most prominent, most readily accessible and acquirable ways of establishing a symbolic representation of one’s social identity (cp. Jenkins 1996), allowing for an understanding of language (in its very concrete sense) as a gateway to the individual (as well as the collective) conceptualisation of the postcolonial self. With colonial and postcolonial sociohistorical contexts making for a unique form of language contact between indigenous languages and English, the ever-recurring processes of “construction and reconstruction” (Schneider 2007:26) of social identity by and within language strongly inform the development of English from the language of the colonizer to the self-contained dynamic varieties frequently subsumed under the term Postcolonial Englishes. Nevertheless, English remains one of the key aspects of colonial oppression which the countries in focus have in common. The capacity of language to relate individual experience appears limited, especially if that language belongs to someone else. Postcolonial narrations, however, have succeeded in transmitting and even translating these specific experiences into (New) English(es).

The conceptualisations of postcolonial identity are bound to leave their traces in the linguistic make-up of Postcolonial writing, manifest in the particular linguistic features of texts, in the choice of a certain variety, the use and mixture of particular expressions or structures in a writer’s narrative, and the deliberate employment of language as a means of characterisation. Indeed, where authors’ attitudes to the language range from rejection (as can be observed with Ngugi), over-modification and accommodation to autonomous appropriation and the overt postulation of a “new English” (Achebe 1993 [1975] quoted in Mair 2001), altered to be suitably capable of expressing postcolonial identity and experience, the linguistic perspective on Postcolonial writing therefore appears to be both a natural as well as necessary complement to postcolonial literary studies. Hence, we are encouraging an understanding of ‘Expressing the Postcolonial’ as encompassing both notions concretely connected to the ‘linguistic expression’ as such and senses that relate to other, more abstract forms of expression as investigated within the realms of literary and cultural studies.

We welcome contributions from graduate students and postdocs which can address, but do not have to be limited to, the following topics:

- Postcolonial Englishes and their capacity to represent the experience of the postcolonial subject
- The terminology in use in postcolonial studies and its ambiguities
- Narrating the postcolonial
- Linguistic and cultural expressions of postcolonial identity
- Postcolonial literature written in indigenous languages
- The difficulty of defining the postcolonial

If you are interested in contributing, please send an abstract (300 words) for a 20 minute presentation to no later than June 15, 2016. We would appreciate it if you would include a short biographical note and the topic of your current project.

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