Sociolinguistics Summer School 2017 (Spain)

Sociolinguistics Summer School 8
July 4-7, 2017
Barcelona, Spain

Sociolinguistics Summer School is an annual international meeting point organised by and directed to MA and PhD students and early career researchers. SSS provides them a great opportunity to both attend plenary lectures and workshops conducted by leading researchers in the field and to present and discuss their own findings with fellow ECR’s.

Traditionally organised in England, Scotland and Ireland, the 7th edition of SSS disembarked for the first time on the continent to take place in Lyon in 2016. For 2017, the IdentiCat research group of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) offered to host SSS8 in Barcelona as part of the activities of the ISCH COST Action IS1306 New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe. Newspeakerness in relation to globalisation, management of multilingualism, and social identity will be the core theme of the SSS8, although presentations about all the current trends in sociolinguistics will be welcomed.

New deadline: 27 March 2017

Summer School: Vocational Integration in Post-Migrant Society (Germany)

International Summer School: Vocational Integration in Post-Migrant Society
3-7 July 2017
Sponsor: TU-Dresden
Location: Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden (Germany)

As one of the largest common societal tasks in a country of immigrants, Germany qualifies the integration of people of any country of residence (ethnicity, age, gender etc.) in an inclusive, understanding society, especially the challenge to use and develop the potential of a diverse society. One focus of varying diversities within open society is the so-called post-migrant approach that focuses on the perspective of migration to and the resulting process of – social, and political transformations, conflicts, and identity constructions. The topic area of integration and labor in a post-migrational society is, in this context, of enormous importance, which essentially can improve in making societal participation possible here and considers the shortage of skilled workers and demographic advancement as well as the advancement of the job market. By extensively discussing relevant practices and concepts, the Summer School 2017 intensively situates itself within the theme of integration with a special focus on the (further) advancement of structures and processes of professional education and employment under the service of diversity.
 
Target Audience: Competition and Selection Process
 
The participant group from researchers will be composed in varied topic and background contexts who have been awarded for their excellent research activities (on the relevant qualification level) through innovative contributions to migration and integration research. Those interested are asked to describe their expertise in a clearly defined subject matter and their motivation for participation in the form of an application. A commission consisting of the applicants together with representatives of economics and sociology is then carried out for the selection of the candidates. 20 international researchers and 5 researchers of the TU Dresden will be selected.
 
The registration is open now until 31.03.2017.

CFP Women’s Network of ECREA Workshop (Slovenia)

Women’s Network of ECREA is pleased to invite submissions to a workshop to be held on the 11th April 2017 at the Educational Research Institute, Gerbiceva 62, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The aim of this year’s international workshop is to tackle some of the (most) relevant issues of the classroom communication today. Amid them are – as identified – classroom experiences with immigrant children which entails also wider analyses and examples of communication among teachers, children and their families. Furthermore, in this vein, we will engage in analysing gendered discourses in education and communication. Contributions dealing with these aspects will be welcomed, as well as those covering wider research areas pertaining to our key words that are: gender, migration and interaction (separately or interconnectedly), possibly in connection with educational discourses and/or media coverage of these discourses.

Organizing committee:

Chair: Valerija Vendramin, Ph. D., senior research associate, Educational Research Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Vice chair: Teija Waaramaa, Ph.D., Docent/Adjunct Professor, Tampere Research Centre for Journalism, Media and Communication (COMET), Faculty of Communication Sciences (COMS), University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland

Vice chair: Tulay Atay-Avsar, Ph. D., Mustafa Kemal University, Faculty of Communication, Department of Journalism, Antakya, Hatay, Turkey

Abstract submission and additional information:
Valerija Vendramin

Registration: Please send a note of confirmation to Valerija Vendramin.

There is no registration fee. Transport, accommodation and meals are at your own expense.

Important dates:
February 20th – call for papers
March 6th – 2nd call for papers
March 21st – deadline for abstract submission
March 27th – notification of acceptance and final program
March 30th – deadline for registration
April 11th – Women’s Network International Workshop, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Reminder: Some years ago Women’s Network of ECREA asked scholars to write an essay of 1–2 pages titled: “Me, my academy and my family”. The essay was “Your Story” about your choices and reconciliation between academic career and family life. Some of us also met in Tallinn University at our workshop in 2013 where we decided to publish a book on this theme.

We would now like to invite scholars to write a longer story/contribution about the reconciliation of your academic career and family life. It could also be more analytically oriented or a combination of both perspectives. The recommended length is 15–25 pages.

The editor-in-chief is Teija Waaramaa. Please contact her for all additional information, submission of articles and the like. (Important: please state your intention beforehand, i.e. before actually submitting a contribution.)

The deadline set for the submission of the contributions is April 9th 2017.

Milton Wolf Seminar on Media & Diplomacy (Austria)

Call for Applications: 2017 Milton Wolf Seminar on Media and Diplomacy
“The Marshall Plan and the Yearning for Transformative Visions”
April 25 – 27, 2017
Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Austria

Initiated in 2001, the annual Milton Wolf Seminar in Vienna, Austria explores cutting edge issues related to media and diplomacy. It is designed to bring together a diverse group of individuals representing multiple perspectives and nationalities. Attendees include: diplomats, journalists, academics, NGO professionals, and graduate students.

Each year the seminar organizers select approximately 5-10 outstanding advanced MA candidates, PhD students, postdoctoral students, law students, or equivalents studying areas related to the seminar theme to serve as Emerging Scholar Fellows. Selected Fellows receive economy class airfare, accommodation, and a food and local travel stipend, which covers all costs of attending the Seminar. In exchange for full funding, Emerging Scholars attend all seminar discussions and events and serve as a part of the rapporteur team for the event, authoring a 2000-word blog piece documenting and analyzing the seminar discussions.

To apply for the 2017 Emerging Scholars Program, please send your CV, a completed application form, and a cover letter outlining how your areas of research, your methodologies, your regional interests, can be reimagined or enriched through reflections on the history, framing, legacy, or study of the Marshall Plan to Amelia Arsenault by February 15, 2017.

Researching Translanguaging 5 day course (UK)

5-Day residential course
Researching translanguaging: key concepts, methods & issues

June 19th  – June 23rd  2017
School of Education, University of Birmingham

This free 5-day residential course is designed for researchers, including doctoral researchers, who are engaged in research on communication in multilingual contexts. It is being organised by TLANG, Translation and Translanguaging: Investigating Linguistic and Cultural Transformations in Superdiverse Wards in Four UK Cities (AH/L007096/1), a research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Reserch Council (AHRC) under its theme Translating Cultures. TLANG is a collaboration of seven universities and seven national non-university partners.  It aims to investigate how people communicate in increasingly diverse city settings, and what the implications are for policy and practice in public, private and third sector organisations. Contributions to the residential will also be made by colleagues from the University of Cape Town, also funded by AHRC (ES/M00175X/1), whose focus will be the pedagogic potential, and ideological challenges of translanguaging in multilingual contexts.

Course participants will have access to TLANG’s already established networks as well as future opportunities to take part in its assemblies, city seminars, thematic workshops and international conferences.  TLANG provides a variety of meetings for academics, professionals, activists, artists, and students to share their interest in superdiversity and multilingualism. The 5-day course will also build on previous residential courses held at the University of Birmingham in 2010/11 funded through ESRC’s  Researcher Developer Initiative (RES-046-25-004, RDI).

Researching translanguaging
Linguistic, cultural and demographic changes have been ushered in by transnational population flows, the crisis of war, the changing political and economic landscapes of different world regions, and by the advent of new technologies for social media and online communication. These conditions have created a pressing need for a programme of detailed research which makes visible the ways in which people interact – how they translanguage and translate  – in rapidly-changing social settings.

The last decade has seen the emergence of new strands of research on translanguaging and new lines of enquiry which have incorporated critical and post-structuralist perspectives from social theory and which have embraced  ethical epistemologies and research methods. Different research strategies have been employed in different kinds of sociolinguistic spaces: in local neighbourhoods, across transnational diaspora, in multilingual workplaces, complementary schools/community classes, mainstream educational settings, health care centres, sports clubs, religious gatherings, legal settings, bureaucratic encounters, in the mass media, and on the internet. Researchers have provided detailed accounts of face to face encounters in multilingual settings and in mediated, virtual interactions. They have also explored the interface between spoken and written language use and multimodality, seeking connections between local situated practices and wider social processes.

Translanguaging theorizes communicative practice as repertoire and considers how people deploy their semiotic resources within the ideological contexts in which they operate.  It includes aspects of communication not always thought of as ‘language’, including gesture, dress, posture, and so on; it is a record of mobility and experience; it includes constraints, gaps and silences as well as potentialities; and it is responsive to the places in which, and the people with whom, semiotic resources may be deployed. Because social categories do not correspond straightforwardly to identifiable linguistic forms, we need to adapt our ways of seeing to understand the plurality of repertoires, styles, registers, and genres in play as people communicate.

Translanguaging in research practice
A focus on translanguaging enables us to see how everyday practices and identities are rooted in the trajectories of the multiple communities to which individuals belong, and how they develop and transform. The deployment of diverse communicative repertoires is not only apparent in the social contexts in which we research, but is also manifestly evident in the research teams in which we work. Translanguaging is a significant dimension of research practice in some areas of social science, due to the increasing linguistic and cultural diversity of contemporary society. Furthermore, translanguaging, with its focus on communicative practice, can be studied from an interdisciplinary perspective which can raise difficult questions about what constitutes data, evidence, claim and argumentation. These collaborations across different disciplinary backgrounds, social and linguistic biographies, and professional contexts throw up key epistemological issues and questions relating to researcher identity and to asymmetries of power in the knowledge-building process. This residential will offer a forum for researchers across the social sciences who are working in multilingual settings to engage in dialogue about ways of working and to consider the issues arising from work in multilingual and interdisciplinary teams. It is also hoped that it will serve as a route into research on translanguaging for social scientists who hold a particular interest in linguistic ethnography.

The 5-day residential course at Birmingham
The 5-day course will be organised into sessions, with different themes and orienting theories. The sessions will be led by different members of the TLANG team with our international collaborators from the University of Cape Town. Delegates must commit to full attendance over the full 5 days.

Session 1: Researching translanguaging: why, what and how?
Session 2: Translanguaging as communication: a repertoire approach
Session 3: Translanguaging and superdiversity: an ideological perspective
Session 4: Translanguaging and social media;
Session 5: Translanguaging and cityscapes
Session 6 and 7: Translanguaging in educational settings
Session 8: Translanguaging and multimodality
Session 9: Translanguaging in research practice
Session 10: Translanguaging, engagement and interdisciplinarity

Organisers:
Angela Creese (a.creese AT bham.ac.uk)
Sarah Martin (s.l.martin AT bham.ac.uk)

Applications:
The number of participants is limited to 30, so early application is recommended. Application forms and further details are available on TLANGDEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS 10TH FEBRUARY 2017. PLACES ANNOUNCED BY 10TH MARCH 2017.

Language and Conflict: Politics of Language and Identity across Contexts (UK)

Language and Conflict: Politics of Language and Identity across Contexts
20 May 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Brunei Gallery, Room B102, SOAS University of London

Keynote speakers:
Prof. Hilary Footitt (University of Reading)
Dr Zoë Marriage (Violence, Peace and Development Research Cluster, SOAS, University of London)

This one day workshop brings together scholars and graduate students working on the role of language in on-going and post-conflict contexts. Examples could include (but are not limited to) the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans, and Western Europe, including diaspora and migration contexts.

Attendance is free and there is no need to register.

A Global Force for Human Rights? (Spain)

Workshop in Seville: ‘A global force for human rights? Assessing the EU’s comprehensive approach to human rights in crisis management and conflict’
March 11, 2016

About the workshop
The workshop will consist of two panels. The first panel will deal with the applicable regulatory frameworks regarding human rights violations in conflicts and the protection of vulnerable groups. The second panel will discuss the integration of human rights and international Humanitarian Law (IHL) and democracy/rule of law principles and tools into the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and missions and evaluating their impact on vulnerable groups.

The keynote speech is entitled “A Global Force for Human Rights? Preliminary Findings from the FRAME Project” by Prof. Dr. Jan Wouters. Speakers include Prof. Dr. Gerd Oberleitner, University of Graz/ETC Graz; Prof. Dr. Francesco Seatzu, University of Cagliari; Dr. Mikaela Heikkilä, Åbo Akademi University; Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Salmón, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú; Prof. Dr. Cristina Churruca, University of Deusto; Ms. Ines Thevarajah, Human Rights Focal Point at the CPCC (EEAS); and Mr. Gabino Regalado de los Cobos, Colonel, EUTM Mali.

Register
If you would like to attend the workshop, please register with Laura Iñigo.

Programme
The programme of the workshop can be found here.

Abstract
The TEU directs the Union to respect human rights whenever it conducts activities on the international scene, including EU external policies in response to conflicts and crisis situations. The promotion of human rights at the international level is one of the principal objectives of the EU´s external action (Art. 3, para. 5). This principle is formulated in Art. 21, paragraph 2 under the Union´s commitment to `define and pursue common policies and actions, and (to) work for a high degree of cooperation in all fields of international relations, in order to: … b) consolidate and support democracy, the rule of law, human rights and the principles of international law’. In the 2012 Strategic Framework on Human Rights and Democracy and the 2015-2019 Action Plan for its implementation the EU addresses current and anticipates future challenges in the field and indicates solutions to enhance policy effectiveness and coherence, by proposing a comprehensive human rights approach to conflicts and crisis´ (third strategic area of the Action Plan).

This international conference is organised by the Research Group ‘Human Rights and Globalisation’ (SEJ055) of the University of Seville, and aims at discussing the findings of the FRAME project regarding the European Union external policies in response to conflicts and crisis situations. One of the main objectives of FRAME is to survey and analyse contemporary human rights violations especially against vulnerable groups, within the context of conflict and crisis within and among States, between and within communities and their link with historical and cultural factors.

This conference seeks to address ways to prevent and overcome violence through the critical assesment of the instruments available to the EU to integrate human rights, humanitarian law and democracy/rule of law principles in these policies with a focus on vulnerable groups in society (e.g., children, internally displaced persons and refugees).

Venue
The workshop will take place at the Law School of the University of Seville located at the Campus Pirotecnia, Av. Enramadilla 18-20, 41018, Seville (Spain).

Mediating Violent Conflict Workshop (Washington, DC)

Mediating violent conflict
A Course for Practitioners and Policymakers
United States Institute of Peace

Participants will:
• Build competence and confidence for practicing mediation
• Understand the role of international mediation in the larger peacebuilding context
• Learn skills to facilitate the practice and promotion of third-party engagement in peacemaking in interstate and intrastate conflict

Dates: December 7 – 11, 2015
Price: $550
Instructor: Pamela Aall