CFP Language & Migration 2020 (USA)

ConferencesCall for Papers: Language and Migration: Experience and Memory, May 7-9, 2020. Part I, New York City: May 7-8. Part II, Princeton University:  May 8-9. Deadline: November 1, 2019.

Language is a vital, but often underexplored, factor in the lives of migrants, immigrants and refugees. It has a direct impact on the experiences and choices of individuals displaced by war, terror, or natural disasters and the decisions made by agents who provide (or fail to provide) relief, services, and status. And, distilled through memory, it shapes the fictions, poems, memoirs, films and song lyrics in which migrants render loss and displacement, integration and discovery, the translation of history and culture, and the trials of identity.

This interdisciplinary, international conference on Language and Migration will place the role of language in the lives and works of migrants in sharp relief. In Part One, to take place in midtown Manhattan, participants are invited to consider how language differently affects the experiences of several populations:  permanently settled refugees and migrants; temporarily settled refugees and migrants; and people in transit. These populations, in turn, are variegated by age and gender, literacy and educational attainment, culture and religion, and the political, economic and cultural contexts in which they seek to settle. Part Two of the conference will focus on memory in the cultural work of migrants and immigrants. On Friday evening the conference will resume at Princeton University with a reading by eminent faculty novelists in the Lewis Center for the Arts, followed on Saturday by a full-day symposium on memory, language, and migration. To foster conversation across disciplinary borders, participants are strongly urged to attend both parts of the conference

Princeton’s interdisciplinary Research Lab on “Migration: People and Cultures Across Borders” comprises both humanists and social scientists; accordingly, they invite proposals from a wide variety of disciplines, including comparative literature, history, translation studies and philosophy; political science, economics, education, sociology, and law; sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, interlinguistics and forensic linguistics, among other fields.

CFP COMELA 2020 (Greece)

ConferencesCall for papers: Conference on Mediterranean and European Linguistic Anthropology, September 2-5, 2020, The American College in Greece, Athens, Greece. Deadline: November 15, 2019.

Theme: Bounded Languages…Unbounded

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…This year’s theme 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.

CFP Sociolinguistics Symposium (Hong Kong)

ConferencesCall for Papers: Sociolinguistics Symposium 23: Unsettling Language, University of Hong Kong, 16-19 June 2020. Deadline: 14 October 2019. NOTE Change in dates!

As a premier gathering of international sociolinguists, this biennial event has emerged as a unique and innovative forum to develop and exchange new ideas, broaden the scope of the discipline, and create new academic networks. From its beginnings as a small meeting of UK-based academics in 1976, Sociolinguistic Symposium has grown into the largest sociolinguistic conference in the world.

Its Hong Kong edition will mark the conference’s first appearance in Asia. The theme of the conference is Unsettling Language. The contemporary world is an unsettled place due to 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 and writing), 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.

NAMLE 2019 (USA)

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National Association for Media Literacy Education convention, June 26-28, 2019, Washington, DC. Registration now open.

Join media literacy educators and practitioners from around the world in D.C. this June for NAMLE’s 2019 Conference! This year’s theme is “A Path Forward: Elevating Conversation, Unifying Voices.” This three-day conference will be packed with tools and resources for educators, including:

* Curriculum + lesson plans
* Teaching demonstrations
* Digital tools
* Expert presentations
* Student voices
… and much more!

CFP Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction (Netherlands)

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Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction section of ECREA, October 14-16, 2019, Tilburg, the Netherlands. Deadline: 9 June 2019.

ICSI Regional Conference is the 6th bi-annual meeting of the Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction (ICSI) section of ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association). This year’s conference is hosted by Tilburg University, Department of Communication and Cognition, and will be held in Tilburg, the Netherlands.

The conference theme this year is “Re-Connecting”. We want to connect scholars from the different sub-disciplines of interpersonal communication and social interaction, for example workplace interaction, communication in interpersonal relationship, impression management, interpersonal and health communication. Connecting our insights from different fields may inform our own research, provide creative ideas for future research, and help theory development. Moreover, the theme reflects the fact that our mediated and unmediated interactions are increasingly connected and integrated. As advanced communication technologies increasingly become part of our everyday experience, we are forced to revisit and connect theories of online and offline social interaction.

The ICSI Regional Conference 2019 provides an opportunity to share our ideas, theories and research about interpersonal communication and social interaction across our different specializations. We call for paper and panel proposals from any communication or communication-related discipline and methodology that address the section’s themes.

CFP Media/Communication in South Asia and its Diaspora (Canada)

ConferencesCall for Proposals: Media and Communication in South Asia and Its Diaspora Worldwide, South Asia Communication Association, Toronto, Canada, August 7-10, 2019. Deadline: May 22, 2019.

As part of the 2019 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass communication (AEJMC) conference theme “Investing in Our Futures,” the South Asia Communication Association (SACA) will host an interactive paper session at the convention in Toronto. Present your research on media and communication in South Asia or its diaspora worldwide. A committee of renowned scholars will review submissions. Since SACA is an institutional initiative of AEJMC, this session will be featured in the official program of the AEJMC annual conference.

Meeting of Minds@HKU (Hong Kong)

“JobMeeting of Minds@HKU Forum for Outstanding Young Scholars, October 14 -15, 2019, Hong Kong.

The Meeting of Minds@HKU Forum for Outstanding Young Scholars is a 2-day forum to discuss grand challenges through the lens of advanced knowledge, discovery and innovation across science, the humanities, and social sciences. This forum engages participants in intellectually stimulating and creative dialogue to explore how to ignite collective will, wisdom and innovation to improve the human condition. Participants interested in joining HKU as assistant professors will be invited for recruitment interviews, so this is both a conference and a job opportunity.

CFP Non-Professional Interpreting/Translation (Netherlands)

ConferencesCall for Papers: Conference on Non-Professional Interpreting and Translation, June 24-26, 2020, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Deadline: 15 September 2019.

The Fifth International Conference on Non-Professional Interpreting and Translation (NPIT5) Organising Committee invites proposals for presentations on any theoretical, empirical, ethical and methodological aspect of research related to the conference theme, Bridging diverse worlds: Expanding roles and contexts of non-professional interpreters and translators. For all proposals the official conference language will be English.

Due to increased globalisation and migration waves, the research field of non-professional interpreting and translation studies has gained in prominence and acknowledgement in recent years. Nonetheless, to receive the recognition it deserves within the field of interpreting and translation studies, the critical and expanding role of non-professional interpreters and translators within increasingly complex and diverse contexts, needs continued attention from academia and practice. Pushing definitional and theoretical boundaries of interpreting and translation, it is a dynamic and still under-researched field that does not necessarily conforms to norms guiding professional multilingual communicative practices, though in many settings and contexts non-professional interpreting and translation is, in fact, more common in bridging diverse cultural and linguistic worlds, than professional interpreting and translation.

By bringing together researchers from various disciplines and practitioners from diverse settings, NPIT5 aims to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners within the field to share and discuss recent and relevant work within this discipline and related to the activities of non-professional interpreters and translators. Furthermore, this forum serves to expand the theoretical, methodological, ethical and disciplinary approaches related to this form of linguistic and cultural mediation. It builds on discussions initiated at the first four international conferences on Non-Professional Interpreting and Translation held in Bologna/Forlì (2012), Mainz/Germersheim (2014), Zurich (2016), and Stellenbosch (2018).

CFP Local Alignments, Global Upheaval (Canada)

ConferencesCall for proposals: Local Alignments, Global Upheaval: Re-Imagining Peace, Legitimacy, Jurisdiction and Authority, October 4-6, 2019, Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, Canada. Deadline: May 1, 2019.

Annual conference of the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) & Peace and Conflict Studies – Canadian Association (PACS-Can) invites peace and justice scholars and students, community-based practitioners, experiential educators, musicians, artists, and social movement organizers to join in conversations reimagining peace through local alignments amidst global upheavals. 

Calling upon the depth and breadth of the inter-disciplinary peace scholarship and conflict resolution practices reflected in the PJSA and PACS-Can membership, this conference aims to further dialogue, mobilize strategy, and catalyze new insights and practices that empower global change through interconnected local actions. Participants are encouraged to frame their contributions to the conference in ways that shed light on the dynamics of social upheavals and revolutionary social histories.

CFP Towards Resilient Community Media (Ireland)

ConferencesCall for papers: Towards resilient community media, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, 14-16 June, 2019. Deadline: 30 April 2019.

The community media sector has been the focus of an increasing amount of scholarly attention as it has grown in size, from social movement theorists, to political economists, to those focused on governance and organisational communication. This conference will provide an opportunity to reflect on questions of resilience and endurance as they arise in community media, and to explore the various interdependent factors that can impact the ongoing stability and health of community media projects. In addition to welcoming research grounded in particular case studies, we look forward to papers that will, in a holistic fashion, explore the role and operation of the sector in the context of broader socio-political concerns.

Contributions are invited from academics (including emerging and early-career scholars) exploring these issues, as well as from those working within the community and alternative media sectors.