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Mon Apr 01 2019

FYI: Extended: Call for Chapter Abstracts

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Date: 31-Mar-2019
From: Greg Niedt <>
Subject: Extended: Call for Chapter Abstracts
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Second call for Chapter Abstracts
Extended to Sunday, 7 April

Edited Volume - Linguistic Landscapes Beyond the Language Classroom

Greg Niedt (Drexel University) and Corinne Seals (Victoria University of Wellington)

We are pleased to announce a call for chapter abstracts for the upcoming edited volume Linguistic Landscapes Beyond the Language Classroom, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2020.

While numerous studies in linguistic landscapes (LL) research examine the impact of words and images in contexts such as schools and classrooms, we are interested in the converse question: how can text and image in other spaces provide education in their own right? Our purpose with this volume is to ground the mechanisms of LL in educational theory, but then apply it to city streets, offices, border crossings, houses, bodies—anywhere a learning opportunity may occur. We argue that anyone can become a student in the right context; from this perspective, the whole system of landscapes supports the idea that learning is a lifelong, dynamic, and emergent process worked into the fabric of many unexpected environments.

Our approach to the present volume follows the trajectory of “exiting through the language classroom,” beginning with more formal spaces where the passerby is meant to learn in some way, and advancing through those contexts that feature increasingly indirect methods of educating.

Examples of topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

- Distribution of educational materials and signs in institutional spaces (government offices, medical facilities, etc.)
- Structured landscapes that provide, but do not require, opportunities for learning (museums, monuments, national parks, etc.)
- Spaces examined in terms of how occupants obtain knowledge about social or cultural systems (workplaces, community centers, etc.)
- Informal spaces where signs are purposefully put in an attempt to educate the passerby (signs in the front yards of homes, messages on car windows, etc.)
- Contexts in which the act of educating draws from locations around a wider space (city tours, university campus tours, etc.)
- Embodied messages as a means to educate (tattoos, t-shirts, masks, etc.)

We are looking for abstracts of proposed chapters from 350 to 500 words that describe the area of focus and its context, its relevance to (and framing within) education, the theoretical background and/or methodology for the study, and hypothesized/preliminary findings. All proposals should be emailed to Greg Niedt ( and Corinne Seals ( The updated deadline for proposals is April, 2019. All abstracts should be accompanied by a short biographical note of up to 150 words for each author. Only electronic submissions in PDF format will be considered. Notification of acceptance is expected to be sent out by April 30, 2019.

All authors who are accepted for the volume will be expected to also review one other chapter from the book as part of the peer review process.

The final chapters should be 7000 to 8500 words (including notes, references, etc.), and may contain up to 4 images (black & white); the book will be accompanied by a companion website where additional media can be hosted (including color images). Initial drafts of the chapters will be due by August 31, 2019, with revisions returned to contributors six to eight weeks afterward. Final chapters will be due by December 15, 2019, as we intend to submit the full manuscript to the publisher by the end of the year.

Important dates:

- Updated abstract deadline: April 7, 2019
- Notification of acceptance: April 30, 2019
- Chapters due: August 31, 2019
- Peer-reviews due: September 30, 2019
- Reviews returned: October 15, 2019
- Revised chapters due: December 15, 2019
- Book submitted to publisher: End of 2019

Thank you, and we look forward to receiving your chapter abstracts soon!

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

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