LINGUIST List 32.1945

Fri Jun 04 2021

Calls: Anthro Ling, Gen Ling, Lang Doc, Socioling/Albania and Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <laurenlinguistlist.org>



Date: 04-Jun-2021
From: Eda Derhemi <edaderhemigmail.com>
Subject: Foundation for Endangered Languages, 25th Annual Conference: Endangered Languages and Diaspora
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Full Title: Foundation for Endangered Languages, 25th Annual Conference: Endangered Languages and Diaspora
Short Title: FEL XXV (2021)

Date: 16-Dec-2021 - 19-Dec-2021
Location: Tirana, Albania
Contact Person: Edmond Cane
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: https://europe.illinois.edu/news-events/2020-21-initiatives/conference-foundation-endangered-languages

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; General Linguistics; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 13-Jun-2021

Meeting Description:

The Foundation for Endangered Languages and The Center for Research and Publication on Arbëresh (QSPA) in collaboration with the University of Tirana cordially invite international scholars, institutions, and community members working on the revitalization of endangered languages and their documentation and archiving, to contribute to the International Conference on “Endangered Languages and Diaspora”, which will take place in Tirana, Albania, on 16-19 December, 2021. While this is planned as a face-to-face conference, with a possibility of virtual connection for some papers, contingencies are also planned if the pandemic security in December does not allow physical attendance by scholars and activists. We would then reformulate our program as a virtual conference, and we inform you of the change. Accepted papers will be published by QSPA before the conference and will be ready for distribution during the event. There are plans for another peer reviewed publication of selected papers. English is the main language of the conference.

Conference Main Theme:
This year’s focus is on the interface between linguistic endangerment and Diaspora. We invite theoretical and empirical studies that investigate phenomena emerging in this interface. From about 7000 languages spoken today in the world, about half are expected to die by the end of this century, with those most endangered already losing functions and speakers every week. Many of them are languages of diasporic communities. We welcome studies by scholars from multiple disciplines and methods, and also reports by activists, that examine the state of endangered languages in the linguistic, cultural, religious, ethnic and political ecosystems of diasporas, especially with regard to the proximity/distance between the communities and countries of origin. The emphasis is on linguistic endangerment as it relates to diaspora communities perceived either traditionally, as crystallized, physically “dwelling” in a country away from the homeland; or, in a novel sense, perceived as fluid, hybrid, “travelling”, transnational entities. This conference is not about the theoretical study of diaspora per se, nor its conceptualization.

Conference Special Theme:
Promoting research and publications on and for the Arbëresh of Italy is the mission of QSPA, the center that hosts this conference. The conference will dedicate a few entire panels to the discussion of the special theme, “The state and study of Arbëresh as an endangered language”. Therefore, contributions to this theme are geographically more focused in the areas where Arbëresh varieties are spoken. However, the special theme examines the same content as the main theme of the conference: the relation of linguistic endangerment and diaspora. We solicit contributions on all matters of endangerment of Arbëresh varieties in relation to diaspora, as well as descriptive or analytical studies that approach the language from theoretical or applied perspectives. Studies from multiple disciplines (linguistics, literary studies, anthropology, historical studies, pedagogical studies etc.) are welcome.

For practical purposes and to create a space of comparison, in this conference we will consider “Arbëresh” to cover a group of four related endangered languages (each consisting of different varieties) that are spoken in different Mediterranean countries: Arbëresh, Arvanitika, Arbanasi, and Arnavutçe (AAAA).

Final Call for Papers:

The Foundation for Endangered Languages (FEL) and The Center for Research and Publication on Arbëresh (QSPA) would like to inform you about some important updates regarding the FEL XXV Conference “Endangered Languages and Diaspora”, which will take place in Tirana, Albania, on 16-19 December, 2021.

Please read the main updates below, and submit your abstracts before June 13.

1. The abstract submission deadline has been extended to JUNE 13. Other important dates have changed accordingly. Notification is expected between 8-16 June.

2. Given that many interested presenters think that their countries will not be fully open by December, FEL XXV will be a HYBRID conference allowing some of the presenters to give their talks online. As the date comes closer we will reconsider the modes of interaction according to the state of the pandemic.

3. The conference social program and information on registration fees have been added to the main page of the conference.

Conference website with all the updates:
https://europe.illinois.edu/news-events/2020-21-initiatives/conference-foundation-endangered-languages

Important dates here:
https://europe.illinois.edu/news-events/2020-21-initiatives/conference-foundation-endangered-languages/important-dates-updated




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