Bounded languages… Unbounded: COMELA 2020
The American University, Athens, Greece, 2-5 September 2020
Deadline for proposals: 15 November 2019
Politics of identity are central to language change. Here, linguistic boundaries rise and fall, motivating the ephemeral characteristics of language communities. The Mediterranean and European region is one replete with histories, with power struggles, uniquely demarcating nation, ethnicity, and community. For this, cultural and political identities, language ideologies, as well as the languages themselves, have sought boundedness, dynamics of which have indeed sought change over eons, through demographic movements, through geopolitics, through technological innovation. In a current era of technological advancement, transnational fluidity, intellectual power, capitalism, and new sexualities, then, we question, once again, the boundedness of language and identity, and ways in which to unbound languages and ideologies. More than before, we now increasingly pursue anthropological toil, so to innovate ways to locate these ideologies and their fluid boundaries, actively. We now need to increasingly unbind these languages, and their ideologies, so to arrive at progressive realizations, and to rectify, or at least see and move past, the segregations of old.
The COMELA 2020 theme, “Bounded languages… Unbounded”, encapsulates the ongoing struggle throughout Mediterranean and European regions. As the continuous tension between demarcation, and the concurrent legitimization, of languages, language ideologies, and language identities, enters an era where new modes of interactivity require language communities to take on roles super-ordinate to the past, flexible citizenship now operates within, and not only across, language communities, to unbind languages, and to create new boundaries, unlike those ever seen throughout history.
The COMELA 2020 invites work which addresses the shifting boundedness of Language Communities of the Mediterranean and Europe. Papers and posters should acknowledge and decribe processes of language shape, change, and ideology, pertinent to social, cultural, political histories, and futures of Mediterranean and European regions, and by those working in Mediterranean and European regions.
Speaker: Jan Blommaert, Department of Culture Studies, Tilburg University, The Netherlands. Jan Blommaert is Professor of Language, Culture and Globalization, and Director of the Babylon Center at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. He is of the world’s most prominent Sociolinguists and Linguistic Anthropologists, and has contributed substantially to sociolinguistic globalization theory, focusing on historical as well as contemporary patterns of language and literacy, and on lasting and new forms of inequality emerging from globalization processes.
- Anthropological Linguistics
- Applied Sociolinguistics
- Buddhist studies and discourses
- Cognitive Anthropology and Language
- Critical Linguistic Anthropology
- Ethnographical Language Work
- Ethnography of Communication
- General Sociolinguistics
- Islamic Studies and discourses
- Language, Community, Ethnicity
- Language Contact and Change
- Language, Dialect, Sociolect, Genre
- Language Documentation
- Language, Gender, Sexuality
- Language Ideologie
- Language Minorities and Majorities
- Language Revitalization
- Language in Real and Virtual Spaces
- Language Socialization
- Language and Spatiotemporal Frames
- Narrative and Metanarrative
- Nonverbal Semiotics
- Oral heritage
- Post-Structuralism and Language
- Semiotics and Semiology
- Social Psychology of Language
- Textualization, Contextualization, Entextualization
All the information about the conference can be found at https://comela2020.comela.me
(posted 26 July 2019)
Contact in Times of Globalization: Fifth International Conference on Language
Klagenfurt, Austria, 23-26 September 2020
Deadline for proposal: 15 January 2020
Conference website: https://www.aau.at/en/english/lctg5
After 4 inspiring meetings in Groningen (The Netherlands) and Greifswald (Germany), the ‘Fifth International Conference on Language Contact in Times of Globalization’ will be held at the University of Klagenfurt (Austria) from September 23rd – 26th, 2020, locally organized by the linguistics section of the English Department. As in the previous meetings, the conference language is English. The programme is open to contributions from all types of language constellations in which contact occurs. We warmly invite paper presentations from all areas of interest in language contact including the full range of socio-cultural and cognitive perspectives.
Klagenfurt, the conference venue, is located in Austria’s southernmost region of Carinthia which is linguistically characterized by its vicinity and interchange with Romance (Italian, Friulian) and Slavic languages, and is home to autochthonous Slovene speaking communities.
We look forward to seeing you in Klagenfurt.
The notion of language contact captures multi-faceted phenomena and processes of language use that emerge from the interaction of speakers and their diverse linguistic repertoires. Dependent on socio-cultural conditions as well as the type and medium of interaction, manifestations of language contact have been a constant source of linguistic investigations. In current times of increased physical and virtual mobility and of dynamically shifting boundaries and identities, the notion of language contact is faced with concepts such as fluidity, dynamic systems, transculturality, multilingualism and the break-up of the one nation – one language ideology. This raises the question of how language contact as a theoretical notion and as a field of inquiry is able to capture these current developments.
We invite proposals for presentations (20-minutes + 10 minutes discussion) on current scenarios and aspects of language contact world-wide.
A limited amount of thematic sessions can also be accommodated in the programme. Applications for prospective theme sessions should consist of a general description (500 words max., excluding references) and provide a list of planned paper titles and presenters. Theme sessions should consist of a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 papers.
Papers addressing one of the following topics and approaches are particularly welcome:
- globalization as a catalyst of language contact
- (socio-)cognitive approaches to language contact
- the dynamics of language contact: fluidity, hybridity, creativity, translingualism, codeswitching/codemixing
- processes and linguistic manifestations of language contact
- language contact in a multilingual world
Slots for paper presentation will be 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Please send your abstracts as doc or pdf files (300 words max., excluding references) to LCTG5 [at] aau [dot] at
Abstracts should be anonymous and preceded by a title sheet stating the author(s) contact details.
Please state “abstract submission LCTG5″ in the subject line of your e-mail.
Final date of abstract submission: January 15, 2020
Notification of acceptance: February 25, 2020
(posted 27 September 2019)