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>From: "Patrick Stevenson" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Conference on Language, Discourse and Identity in Central Europe
>
>Dear colleagues
>
>I hope the following conference will be of 
>interest to some of you and would be very 
>grateful if you could pass on the information to 
>others.
>
>Best wishes
>
>Patrick Stevenson
>Southampton
>
>
>
>Call for papers
>
>University of Southampton
>Centre for Transnational Studies
>
>
>Language, Discourse and Identity in Central Europe
>
>6-8 July 2007
>
>
>Keynote speakers
>Thomas Diez, Birmingham
>Matthias Makowski, Prague
>Ulrike Hanna Meinhof, Southampton
>Ruth Wodak, Lancaster/Vienna
>
>Context and rationale
>In 2004 Andreas Gardt and Bernd Hüppauf 
>published a collection of papers with the 
>ominous title Globalization and the Future of 
>German (Mouton de Gruyter). This wide-ranging 
>volume presents a critical assessment of the 
>present position and future prospects of the 
>German language as a 'paradigmatic example' of 
>the future of European languages in general in 
>the face of global forces apparently favouring 
>the growing domination of 'global Englishes' and 
>militating against linguistic diversity.
>
>In the same year, the Southampton Centre for 
>Transnational Studies organised a conference on 
>Language and the Future of Europe, from which 
>selected papers have now been published in Clare 
>Mar-Molinero and Patrick Stevenson (eds) 
>Language Ideologies, Policies and Practices 
>(Palgrave, 2006). In her keynote paper, Susan 
>Gal explores the complex relations between 
>migration, minorities and multilingualism in 
>Europe in terms of shifting language ideologies, 
>challenging 'the tight Herderian weave of 
>culture, language and state in Europe' which, 
>she argues, 'is being stretched and frayed in 
>subtle ways.'
>
>In July 2007, the Centre will host a conference 
>with the aim of developing these two themes in a 
>particular way. It will investigate Gal's 
>assertion further by focusing on the context of 
>what she refers to as the 'fractal geography' of 
>central Europe. Specifically, it will form part 
>of a research programme, funded by the UK Arts 
>and Humanities Research Council, on the role of 
>the German language in the formation and 
>contestation of national and regional identities 
>in Germany, Austria and neighbouring states in 
>the centre of Europe 
>(<http://www.glipp.soton.ac.uk/>www.glipp.soton.ac.uk).
>
>The main focus of the conference will therefore 
>be not on 'the future of the German language' 
>but rather on the position and uses of German in 
>relation to other languages in the current 
>reshaping of central European space - whether as 
>the dominant, officially legitimated language of 
>Germany or Austria, as the minority language of 
>historical migrations, or as a (potential) 
>regional lingua franca occupying the middle 
>ground between global English and 'national' 
>languages.
>
>Papers are invited that address the roles of 
>language, experiences of and with language, and 
>discourses about language. As with the previous 
>conference, preference will be given to papers 
>that integrate consideration of ideologies, 
>policies and practices.
>
>It is envisaged that selected papers from the 
>conference will be published in book-form in 
>English, and papers should therefore be given in 
>English. Abstracts (maximum 200 words) should be 
>sent by email by 1 February 2007 to Dr Jenny 
>Carl at the following address: 
><mailto:[log in to unmask]>[log in to unmask] 
>Abstracts should be included in the body of the 
>email, NOT as an attachment.
>
>Questions that could be addressed:
>What impact has social, political, economic and 
>cultural transformation had on patterns of 
>multilingualism in central Europe?
>How has migration into and within this region affected linguistic practices?
>How far and in what ways is linguistic 
>difference 'heard' and 'seen' in these 
>multilingual settings?
>Are new language ideologies emerging?
>Who engages in language policy-making and to what ends?
>How far and in what ways are identities imposed, 
>assumed or negotiated linguistically or through 
>reference to language?
>How do individuals use the linguistic resources 
>available to them to position themselves and 
>others in multilingual space?
>What role do narratives about language play in 
>individual biographies and memories of the 
>pre-1989 past?
>
>Topics could include:
>Language ideologies
>Identity narratives
>Negotiations of identity
>Language biographies
>Visual manifestations of multilingualism
>Globalisation and its discontents
>Media discourses (film, TV, music, print media, advertising)
>Linguistic practices in popular and youth culture
>Linguistic counter-cultures
>Linguistic practices and new technologies
>Language policy and language management
>The role of language and culture agencies 
>(British Council, Goethe Institut etc)
>Language and migration (into and within CE)
>Language and tourism
>Language and history/ memory
>Discursive representations of time and place
>Language and belonging
>Language and social inclusion/exclusion
>Language and citizenship
>Sprachkultur and language loyalty
>Language in multinational businesses
>Language and the knowledge economy
>Standardisation and linguistic 'legitimacy'
>Language and cosmopolitanism
>The national and the transnational
>Language and territory / de-territorialisation of language
>Urban spaces and linguistic neighbourhoods
>Speech communities and language communities
>Paradoxes of discourses on cultural and linguistic diversity
>Language and social / cultural elites
>Political discourses
>
>
>Organisers
>Prof. Patrick Stevenson, Dr Jenny Carl and Livia Schanze
>Centre for Transnational Studies
>Modern Languages
>School of Humanities
>University of Southampton
>Southampton SO17 1BJ
>U.K.
>
>
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