Call Deadline: 31-Oct-2009
This international outreach conference is organized jointly by LINEE: Languages in a Network of European Excellence and the integrated project DYLAN of the European Commission's 6th Framework Programme for Research and Development. With an increased awareness of international globalisation and European integration, the existing mainstream conceptualizations of multilingualism and linguistic diversity have been increasingly questioned, in particular within the humanities and the social sciences. In a EU context of socio-political transition it is therefore a challenge to take stock of the existing disciplinary knowledge, and to reassess it against the background of the ongoing integration process which goes along with the transformation of traditional linguistic and cultural patterns.
Conference Scientific Board
Senka Bozic (Zadar), Rita Franceschini (Bozen), François Grin (Geneva), Clare Mar-Molinero (Southampton), Jiri Nekvapil (Prague), Patrick Stevenson (Southampton), Anita Sujoldzic (Zagreb), Rosita Schjerve-Rindler (Vienna), Iwar Werlen (Bern).
Proposals are invited for original and previously unpublished research papers that broadly fall within the following themes and topics:
A. Language, Culture and Identity
Within the context of ongoing glocalisation, the emergence of multiple identities compels to redefine the role of languages and lingua francas as identity markers, and as factors contributing to the distinctiveness of culture- specific environments. The overall objective of this thematic block is to clarify the saliency of language as an identity marker in the EU. This points to the role of language in identity formation processes, the existence
of language-based multiple identities, and the significance of language as part of well-being of their speakers, and primary symbol of possible secondary cultural, economical, political and other non-linguistic motives.
B. Language Policy and Planning
This thematic bloc is addressed to researchers interested not only on the institutional, intrinsic and professional process-oriented dimension, but also to those concerned with an often unnoticed, implicit or unintended language policy and language planning processes. A consensus on the demarcation between such concepts as ''language policy'', ''language planning'' and related concepts (''aménagement linguistique'', ''language politics'') will be discussed. The issues to examine concern the adequacy of the existing language policy and language planning efforts in the EU countries, identifying possible discrepancies between theory and practice.
C. Multilingualism and Education
The main issue to be tackled concerns the challenge of becoming not only multilingual, but multicompetent in a multilingual environment and the ways of developing the capacity to behave in a flexible and adequate manner in concrete multilingual contexts. The two main fields in which these questions can be answered, are in general a) Second Language Acquisition, including all forms of language acquisition apart from first language acquisition, from contact languages present in the territory to school learning of truly foreign languages) and b) bilingual Education (including concurrent learning of several languages).
D. Language and Economy
This topic is focused on the interplay between and economy and their impact on the building of a knowledge-based society. The focus will be on the relationship between language, geographical mobility and New Economy growth patterns. If we conceive of the economic order as a determining force in society, and if we take into account that economy cannot do without language, then it follows that economy has profound implications for language (its use and status, the emergence of lingua francas) in society. This is all the more true as economy itself has shifted from industrial age to a knowledge economy.
The abstract submission deadline for individual papers has been extended to October 31, 2009.
Further details regarding abstract submission and registration are available on the conference website: http://amiando.com/lineeconference.
Location of the Conference
Dubrovnik is one of the most attractive places on the Mediterranean. It is a city with a unique political and cultural history, and a world famous monumental heritage and beauty inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List: http://tzdubrovnik.hr.
For additional information please contact or call:
Institute for Anthropological Research, Lj. Gaja 32, P.O. Box 290, 10000
Phone: +385-1-5535104; Fax: +385-1-5535105