Call for proposals, Sociolinguistics Symposium 24: Inside and Beyond Binaries, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium (and online), 13-16 July 2022. Deadline: 25 October 2021.
Sociolinguistics Symposium is the world’s main gathering of sociolinguists internationally. This two-yearly event provides a unique opportunity and forum to develop and exchange ideas and research findings about language and society in its manifold connections and manifestations. From its beginnings as a small meeting in the UK in 1976, the tradition of Sociolinguistic Symposia has grown into the largest sociolinguistic networking event in the world. Attracting hundreds of participants and exhibitors, the Symposium is also a stimulating space for networking.
It is with much enthusiasm that organizers announce Sociolinguistics Symposium 24. SS24 will be held in Ghent in July 2022. In close consultation with previous symposium organizers and colleagues in Hong Kong, the tradition of a meeting in even years is upheld. SS24 in 2022 will mark the 20th anniversary of the first Sociolinguistics Symposium hosted on the European mainland (SS14 in Ghent in 2002). SS24 is organized by Ghent University in close collaboration with the Belgian sociolinguistic community. The dates of the conference are 13-16 July 2022.
Assistant Professor in specialised translation from and into French, Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium. Deadline: 18 March 2021.
The Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication of the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy of Ghent University offers a Bachelor degree in Applied Language Studies, three one-year Masters degrees (Translation, Interpreting, Multilingual Communication), one two-year Master of Education and a one-year postgraduate degree in Computer-Assisted Language Mediation. We have a vacancy for an assistant professor (tenure track) in specialised translation, whose appointment will include academic teaching, academic research and academic services in the field of French language, culture and society.
You will be required to lecture on the French language and society, as well as translation between the French and Dutch languages (legal translation, in particular). You will be conducting research in the field of specialised translation from and into French, within the context of the TRACE research group. TRACE favours an interdisciplinary approach to Translation Studies and studies the cultural and societal processes involved in translation.
Call for PEaCH Ambassadors, PEaCH Project, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium. Note the short deadline: 15 January 2021.
PEaCH stands for “Preserving and promoting Europe’s cultural and linguistic heritage through empowerment of bilingual children and families.” The project supports European families raising bilingual and multilingual children. PEaCH will do this in the form of a handbook for parents, informative videos and an online collection of ready-to-use materials in 24 EU languages. PEaCH will also offer advice to educators interested in this topic as well as create a European network of PEaCH Ambassadors.
The PEaCH Ambassadors will represent the PEaCH Project on a local and national level in their respective language regions. They will support families and educators raising bilingual and multilingual children by promoting the PEaCH Project’s positive message about bilingualism and sharing the PEaCH materials. The PEaCH Ambassadors will be officially recognized and listed on the PEaCH website. PEaCH will offer training for the role through webinars, discussions with project partners and peers, as well as online documents and platforms. This is an unpaid volunteer position. We would want PEaCH Ambassadors to spend a minimum of two hours per month in their role, but of course welcome additional time spent on sharing our message.
To apply, please send an email message to the PEaCH Project (not to CID!) by close of the 15th of January 2021 with the following information:
- Your name, where you live and which languages you speak. Please add links to any online presence (not required).
- Brief description of your background, with emphasis on the language aspect (CV not required), as well as of any other activities related to bilingualism.
- Why you are interested in becoming a PEaCH Ambassador.
- How you are in contact with multilingual families through your work or other activities.
The parent guide How to raise a bilingual child has been already released in English.
The French, German, Italian, Romanian, and Spanish versions will be published between now and early April 2021.
A variety of other resources are also available at the same link.
Research Assistant for MULTIPLES Research Group, Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium. Deadline: 10 January 2021.
The MULTIPLES research group at the Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication wants to hire a part-time research assistant (80%) for the project “Evaluation multilingual website fedasilinfo.be”. This research is situated in the field of multilingual and intercultural (digital) communication. The project aims at an evaluation of the use of the multilingual Fedasil website on the basis of an analysis of the current and desired situation by means of qualitative-quantitative research among (1) applicants for international protection and (2) collaborators who are active in collective and individual reception initiatives.
The research combines among others:
(a) in-depth interviews and/or focus interviews with applicants for international protection and/or persons who do not (or no longer) have right to reception
(b) screencaptures of user experiences on the fedasilinfo.be website
(c) survey (entry/exit surveys linked to the website)
PhD studentship in Language Sciences, at KU Leuven for a joint research project with U Melbourne, Leuven, Belgium & Melbourne, Australia. Deadline: 24 December 2020.
The doctoral project that is to be carried out with KU Leuven as the host institution will analyze the policies, practices and effects of official translations that address culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in Brussels. It will ascertain the provision of translation in public services in terms of numbers of translations, types of translations, target languages and types of administrations involved. It will identify the levels at which translation policies, both overt and covert, are formulated and enacted, how translations reach the various language communities, and the role of volunteer translation practices from NGOs and grassroots citizens’ initiatives in public services, particularly with respect to the reworking, re-narration and interpreting of information.
The candidate will select one or two language communities for detailed analysis of the reception processes, with particular attention to instances of trust and distrust in official behavior-change communication. The nature and topic of the communication will correspond to the issues of importance at the time of the study.
The research should lead to an evaluation of the way translation policies are formulated and enacted, with an assessment of their success in achieving trust relationships and influencing changes in behavior. At each stage of the research, comparison will be made with the same policies and practices in the city of Melbourne, with one year of the research being carried out at the University of Melbourne.
Premier Assistant or Chargé de Cours in Social Psychology, Faculties of Psychological and Educational Sciences & Philosophy and Social Sciences, Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium. Deadline: 1 January 2021.
Full time academic position in the field of social psychology within the faculty of psychological and educational sciences and one of its research centers. The candidate should pursue research in social psychology as applied to the topics of migration, emigration, immigration and/or asylum.
The research agenda of this position is in line with the research programmes developed in the field of migration studies in the Faculty of Psychological and Educational Sciences (Center for Social and Cultural Psychology) and in the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences (Group for Research on Ethnic Relations, Migration and Equality), as well as within the framework of the transdisciplinary centre Migration, Asylum, Multiculturalism, located within the Institute for European Studies of the ULB.
Call for abstracts: “What do we say to migrants throughout their journey?” Disputed communication strategies and informational practices between spaces of origin, transit and destination (Workshop & Journal Special Issue), Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, 22-23 April 2021. Deadline: 30 November 2020.
Convenors and Prospective Editors: Anissa Maâ (Université libre de Bruxelles), Julia Van Dessel (Université libre de Bruxelles), Amandine Van Neste-Gottignies (Université libre de Bruxelles).
The workshop and journal special issue will be structured around three analytical and complementary axes:
1. Who says what to migrants?
Discourses and/or counter narratives designed by actors invested in the migration field, including representations and moral economies conveyed by these discourses.
2. How is it disseminated on the field?
Communication strategies implemented to reach and convince the target audience – including the material and human channels used on the ground – and their interaction and transformation in specific local contexts.
3. How is it perceived by migrants?
Informational practices defined by migrants and asylum seekers, and their perception and reappropriation of information-disseminating initiatives.
Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst/Associate Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute Europe, Brussels, Belgium. Deadline: Rolling deadline (posted October 13, 2020).
As a (Senior) Policy Analyst, you will contribute to a high-impact unit of migration experts through your curiosity, solid research, and data skills, as well as analytical and concise writing. We are looking for a top-rate analyst who will quickly get to grips with our rigorous research processes and develop a portfolio of projects that fits within our institutional strategy, while building your own reputation as the go-to expert for different policy issues. As an avid reader, you will be able to quickly assess fast-evolving situations and policy announcements so that you can discuss and analyse these with our extensive networks of policymakers, nongovernmental and intergovernmental organisations, journalists, and other key stakeholders. You will also help strengthen our networks by identifying and building critical relationships—including by speaking at public events and roundtables—and will help tap up-to-the-minute intelligence on policy developments. We are looking for someone who will share our commitment to excellence and impact, thrive off our convivial team spirit, and welcome our commitment to diversity. You will be a vital pillar of the strategic direction of our research and fundraising and become a mentor to junior staff.
Associate Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute Europe, Brussels, Belgium. Deadline: Rolling deadline (posted October 13, 2020).
As an Associate Policy Analyst, you will be expected to jump right in and quickly ramp up on the array of projects that our senior staff are leading, bolstering the brainpower of the team through your strong writing and analytic skills. Public events and private roundtables are also a big part of what we do to facilitate critical discussions. That means you will need to rapidly come to understand the landscape of the European policy community; research the appropriate policymakers, thought leaders, and organisations to connect with; and manage multiple event functions, from drafting invitations to following up with potential speakers. If you are organised, proactive, curious, an avid reader, have strong research and writing skills, and want an organisation that you can spend the next several years of your career growing with, you have come to the right place.
2 Paid Internships: Social Media/Graphics, and Videography/Media, Intercultural Dialogue Platform, Brussels, Belgium. Deadline: 2 October 2020.
Intercultural Dialogue Platform is a Brussels based NGO founded in 2000, aiming at mutual understanding and harmonious interaction among the people of different cultural backgrounds. The organization carries out several international projects on promoting social inclusion, dialogue, civic engagement as well as preventing extremism, racism and discrimination.
Tenured academic staff, Heritage studies focused on participatory methods of heritage management and heritage education, Faculty of Design Sciences, University of Antwerp, Antwerpen, Belgium. Deadline: 16 August 2020.
You will teach and contribute to course units at Bachelor’s and Master’s level within the learning trajectories towards Heritage educator and Heritage designer, such as Heritage Education and Access, Research techniques for heritage labs, Project management movable and intangible heritage, Intangible heritage and participatory methods, Innovative policy and management techniques, Safeguarding repertoires, internship and follow-up of the educational master in Heritage. You will supervise bachelor, master and doctoral students. You will expand the scientific research in the area of participatory methods of heritage management and heritage education.