LINGUIST List 27.2068

Thu May 05 2016

Confs: Anthropological Ling, Discourse Analysis, Lang Doc, Pragmatics, Socioling/UK

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Date: 05-May-2016
From: Julia Sallabank <>
Subject: Language and Conflict: Politics of Language and Identity across Contexts
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Language and Conflict: Politics of Language and Identity across Contexts

Date: 20-May-2016 - 20-May-2016
Location: SOAS, University of London, United Kingdom
Contact: Birgul Yilmaz
Contact Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Language Documentation; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

This one day workshop brings together scholars and graduate students working on the role of language in on-going and post-conflict contexts. Examples could include (but are not limited to) the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans, and Western Europe, including diaspora and migration contexts.

The workshop aims at exploring the intersection of language and conflict on several levels, stressing the role of language and identity:

– Firstly, a micro level with a particular focus on the interactional construction or discourse of conflict (and resolution)
– Secondly, we focus on the macro structures of conflict, drawing on processes of language policies and revitalization in such contexts
– Thirdly, we focus on the potential role of languages in inter-community, intra-community or social cohesion.


This programme is also available online at

Language and Conflict:
Politics of Language and Identity across Contexts

Date: 20 May 2016
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Venue: Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG, UK
Room: B102

8.30- 9:00
Arrival, badges
Brunei Gallery, B102

Opening Remarks
Birgul Yilmaz/Julia Sallabank, SOAS

Keynote Lecture – B102:

Hilary Footitt, University of Reading
The Listening Zones of Western intervention: language policies and practices of NGOs

Parallel Sessions:

Panel 1: B102

10:00 -10.30
Kamran Khan, University of Leicester
(In)security and ‘unease’ around the languages of Muslims in the West

10:30 – 11:00
Faraja Kristomus, University of Dar es Salaam
The Discourse Analysis of the Language Used in Tanzanian Religious Kiswahili Newspapers

11:00 – 11:30 Tea/Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:00
Mohamad Yahya Abdullah, Al Buraimi University College, Buraimi, Oman and Ahmed Hani Naif, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia Nilai, Malaysia
From Minority to Official Language: The New Status of Kurdish Language after 2003

12:00 – 12:30
Erol Saglam, Birkbeck University of London
Romeika its social implications: Turkish Nationalism and Socio-cultural differences in public

Panel 2: B101

10:00 -10.30
Beñat Garaio
Is there any conflict of the Basque language? An early attempt to unmask the conflicting language ideologies in the Basque Country

10:30 – 11:00
Robbie Penman, SOAS University of London
Language and conflict: the Mapuche context

11:00 – 11:30 Tea/Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:00
Andreas Musolff, University of East Anglia
“They have lived in our street for six years now and still don’t speak a work [!] of English”: Scenarios of alleged linguistic underperformance as part of anti-immigrant discourses

12:00 – 12:30
Hamdi Echkaou, University of Mohammed V, Rabat, Morocco
Urban Discourses of Moroccan Youth Counterpublics

12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch Break (SOAS Main Building)

Keynote Lecture – B102:

1:30 - 2:15 pm
Zoë Marriage, SOAS University of London
Reiterating struggle in an age of liberal peace

Parallel Sessions:

Panel 3: B102

2:15 – 2:45
Pilar G. Blitvich, University of North Carolina, USA
Globalization, transnational identities, and conflict talk: The complexity of the Latino identity

2:45 – 3:15
Emmanuelle Chiocca, Oklahoma University
“I Hope it Brings Wisdom”: When ROTC Cadets Reflect on the Effects of Learning Critical Languages on the Development of their Intercultural Communication Competence

3:15 – 3:30 Tea/Coffee Break

3:30 – 4:00
Andrés Napurí, Catholic University of Peru
Wekama (Shawi) and Tédújukó (Bora): Language Politics in Peru after the Period of Political Violence

4:00 – 4:30
Nineb Lamassu, Cambridge University
Assyrians in Iraq: Language Endangerment Policies and Politicising of a Language

Panel 4: B101

2:15 – 2:45
Chefena Hailemariam, Liverpool Hope University
Language Politics and National Orientation in Eritrea

2:45 – 3:15
Lingxia Zhou, SOAS University of London
Hegemony and Counter-hegemony in the language campaigns in China

3:15 – 3:30 Tea/Coffee Break

3:30 – 4:00
Harry Willoughby, SOAS University of London
The Frog and the Phoenix: Genocide and cultural violence and their effects on cultural identity

4:30 – 5:00
B 102: Round-Up And Plenary Discussion

Dinner (optional)

How to get here

SOAS Map page:
Workshop Venue

Nearest Underground stations:
Russell Square (see map) – direct link from Heathrow Airport
Goodge St
Euston Square
Tottenham Court Road
Warren Street

Heathrow Airport
From Heathrow Terminals take Piccadilly Line to Russell Square Station
Gatwick Airport
Stansted Airport
London Underground
London Buses
National Rail Enquiries

University of London Accommodation
University Rooms London

Goodenough Club (small discount for visitors to the university)

The Penn Club

Premier Inn: 1 Dukes Road, London, WC1H 9PJ

Keystone House Kings Cross: 272-276 Pentonville Road Kings Cross, London
CLINK261: 261-265 Grays Inn Road, Kings Cross, London


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