LINGUIST List 32.2065

Tue Jun 15 2021

Calls: Anthro Ling, Socioling/Belgium

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 15-Jun-2021
From: Piet Van Avermaet <>
Subject: Sociolinguistic Symposium 24. Inside and beyond binaries.
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Full Title: Sociolinguistic Symposium 24. Inside and beyond binaries.
Short Title: SS24

Date: 13-Jul-2022 - 16-Jul-2022
Location: University of Ghent, Belgium
Contact Person: Piet Van Avermaet
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Sep-2021

Meeting Description:

Sociolinguistics Symposium is the world’s main gathering of sociolinguists internationally. This two-yearly event provides a unique opportunity and forum to develop and exchange ideas and research findings about language and society in its manifold connections and manifestations. From its beginnings as a small meeting in the UK in 1976, the tradition of Sociolinguistic Symposia has grown into the largest sociolinguistic networking event in the world. Attracting hundreds of participants and exhibitors, the Symposium is also a stimulating space for networking.

It is with much enthusiasm that we announce Sociolinguistics Symposium 24. SS24 will be held in Ghent in July 2022. In close consultation with previous symposium organizers and our colleagues in Hong Kong, the tradition of a meeting in even years is upheld. SS24 in 2022 will mark the 20th anniversary of the first Sociolinguistics Symposium hosted on the European mainland (SS14 in Ghent in 2002). SS24 is organized by Ghent University in close collaboration with the Belgian sociolinguistic community. The dates of the conference are 13-16 July 2022.

The conference theme is ''Inside and Beyond Binaries''. According to some, we live in increasingly polarized worlds. Which are the binary distinctions – cf. “marked/unmarked” - that can be noted in sociolinguistic enquiry, its history of developments, and how have these been instrumental in pushing the discipline’s social, linguistic and interventionist agendas forward? At the same time, critiques of binary thinking itself have been formulated at various stages: a logic of seemingly stable oppositions often stifles debate, contributes to the cultivation of insurmountable gaps, invites scientific reductionism, and hinders rather than foster inclusiveness. Presenters at SS24 are encouraged to address how the conference theme is relevant for their specific research niche, or sociolinguistics more generally. In addition to the conference theme, tradition has it that sociolinguistics symposia are committed to hosting papers and colloquia in any area of sociolinguistic enquiry.

Call for Papers:

The call for papers and colloquia for SS24 is now open! Please click on the link for more information on how to submit proposals. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

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