LINGUIST List 32.250

Tue Jan 19 2021

Calls: Socioling/Russia

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 18-Jan-2021
From: Dionysios Zoumpalidis <>
Subject: Multilingual urban space: policy, identity, education
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Full Title: Multilingual urban space: policy, identity, education
Short Title: MUS

Date: 12-Apr-2021 - 14-Apr-2021
Location: Moscow, Russia
Contact Person: Dionysios Zoumpalidis
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 20-Feb-2021

Meeting Description:

The conference “Multilingual urban space: policy, identity, education” is held every year within the framework of the “April international conference on economic and social development”, organized by the National Research University Higher School of Economics.

A number of recent studies (see, for example, Blommaert, 2003, Rampton et al,
2015; Taylor-Leech and Liddicoat, 2014; Smackam and Heinrich, 2018 among others) have tried to capture and explain the dynamic multilingual character of cities from sociolinguistic, historic, educational and socio-political standpoints.

The primary goal of the conference is to examine the factors that contribute to the linguistic diversity and the theoretical developments in the dynamics of language/culture contact taking place within and between different ethnic groups in the city-space.

Call for Papers:

We expect that this conference will bring scholars together, working in various fields of linguistics to discuss issues related (but not limited) to language in the city, such as:
- Language policy/planning
- Linguistic landscape
- Multilingualism
- Education
- Language maintenance/shift
- Minority language (in)visibility
- Identity negotiation/construction
- Language ideologies

Invited plenary speakers:
1. Assoc. Prof. Marilena Karyolemou (University of Cyprus)
2. Prof. Gruzdeva Ekaterina (University of Helsinki)

The conference will be held ONLINE at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE).

We invite abstracts of no more than 500 words (including references) till 20 February, 2020. Abstracts should be submitted through HSE’s online system at

Notification of abstract acceptance: 1 March, 2021

1. Blommaert, J. (2003). Commentary: A sociolinguistics of globalization. Journal of Sociolinguistics 7(4): 607-623.
2. Rampton, B., J. Blommaert, K. Arnaut and M. Spotti (2015). Superdiversity and Sociolinguistics. Working Papers in Urban Language & Literacies 152.
3. Smakman, D. and Heinrich, P. (eds.) (2018). Urban sociolinguistics: The city as a linguistic process and experience. London: Routledge.
4. Taylor-Leech, K. and Liddicoat, A. J. (2014). Macro-language planning for multilingual education: Focus on programmes and provisions. Current Issues in Language Planning, 15(4): 353-360.

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