LINGUIST List 32.3648

Fri Nov 19 2021

Calls: Sociolinguistics/Germany

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 16-Nov-2021
From: Christian Mair <>
Subject: African Immigrants in Europe: Multilingual (mis)communication
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Full Title: African Immigrants in Europe: Multilingual (mis)communication

Date: 07-Jun-2022 - 10-Jun-2022
Location: Freiburg, Germany
Contact Person: Christian Mair
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2022

Meeting Description:

The meeting will explore mobile multilingualism among African immigrants and sojourners in Europe, exploring the role of language in community formation among immigrants and in communication between immigrants and resident populations, bringing together perspectives from sociolinguistics and cultural anthropology. It is organised as a panel in the frame of the annual meeting of VAD (Vereinigung für Afrikawissenschaften in Deutschland/German Association for African Studies), taking place in Freiburg from 7 to 10 June 2022. The organisers envisage a face-to-face event with some virtual elements. Information on the conference and for participants is available on this website:

Call for Papers:

The past two decades have seen considerable increase in immigration from Africa to Europe. This has further diversified existing postcolonial multilingualism in countries such as the UK and France and established entirely new multilingual ecologies in places such as Germany and Scandinavia. The panel will focus on how immigrants’ multilingual repertoires change and adapt in these new environments, with a focus on the following questions, among others:

- What is the role of language(s) in community formation among Africans in the European diaspora?
- What is the role of traditional colonial linguistic alignments (e.g. Anglophone-Francophone) in non-English/French-speaking Europe?
- What is the role of indigenous African lingua francas (e.g. Wolof, Lingala), of pidgins/creoles (e.g. English-lexifier West African Pidgin in its various dialects), or other non-traditional hybrid and urban vernaculars (e.g. Camfranglais)?
- Which factors impact on the ethnolinguistic vitality of African heritage languages in the European context?
- What, finally, is the role of English (and to a lesser extent, French) in lingua-franca interaction between immigrants and the resident population in non-English speaking European countries.

In addition to (socio)linguistic studies, we invite contributions that explore the role of languages and multilingualism in the wider social and political context, for example with regard to racialisation, cultural identity and citizenship.

For the full call for papers, visit:

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