Call for papers, e-Sociolinguistics Symposium 23: Unsettling Language, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 7–10 June 2021. Deadline for abstracts: 30 September, 2020.
The theme of the conference is Unsettling Language. The contemporary world is an unsettled place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous conflict zones, forced migration, economic imbalances and uncertainties, as well as ideological extremism resulting in (or caused by) unsettling language emanating from powerful people, political organizations, and the media. As a form of social action, this sort of language requires serious, critical consideration, assessment and counter-action. Furthermore, the notion of ‘language’ itself is undergoing a critical reassessment in how it is being theorized. Language is increasingly understood as more than ‘just’ a set of linguistic resources. Its embodied nature, the materiality of its modalities (speech, writing, sign, gesture, touch, silence), interaction with other modalities (sound, music, images, etc.), and with time and space, requires integration of broader contexts of analysis, multimodal data sets, and multidisciplinary approaches. We invite abstracts addressing the conference theme as well as other contributions focusing on current and innovative themes and theoretical challenges.