Free E-Seminar: Translanguaging, Superdiversity & ESOL

2017 e-seminar: ‘Translanguaging, superdiversity and ESOL’
ESOL-Research email forum
in collaboration with The AHRC-funded ‘Translation and Translanguaging: Investigating Linguistic and Cultural and Transformation in Superdiverse Wards in Four UK Cities’

Monday 23 January 2017 – Friday 10 February 2017

The e-seminar will take as a point of departure materials that will be circulated on the ESOL-Research email forum on Monday 23 January.

Discussants:
Dermot Bryers, English for Action, London
Melanie Cooke, King’s College London
Becky Winstanley, Tower Hamlets College, London

ESOL-Research members are invited to join the seminar discussion on the ESOL-Research forum.

The ESOL-Research email forum is an online site for discussion of matters relating to the teaching and learning of English for Speakers of Other Languages who are migrants to the UK. Membership stands at 950, and comprises ESOL professionals, academics and others interested in language learning in migration contexts. It is easy to subscribe, and also to unsubscribe, to the ESOL-Research email forum. Please visit www.jiscmail.ac.uk/ESOL-Research and follow the instructions at ‘subscribe/unsubscribe’. If you have any difficulty, please contact the list manager, James Simpson, j.e.b.simpson AT education.leeds.ac.uk

The timetable for the seminar is as follows:
23 January: materials for seminar distributed to ESOL-Research members
30 January: Discussant response distributed to ESOL-Research members
31 January: seminar opens to ESOL-Research members for contributions to discussion by email
10 February: seminar closes

Any queries please contact James Simpson, TLang co-investigator, University of Leeds  j.e.b.simpson AT education.leeds.ac.uk or Sarah Martin, TLang project administrator, University of Birmingham s.l.martin AT bham.ac.uk

CFP Frontiers and borders of superdiversity (UK)

CALL FOR PAPERS
Frontiers and borders of superdiversity: theory, method and practice
International Conference, Birmingham 23-24 June 2016
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: 15 JANUARY 2016

The unprecedented speed, scale and spread of international migration and the global refugee crisis have firmly placed migration at the top of the political agenda in Europe and elsewhere and further increased the diversification of diversity that Vertovec describes as superdiversity. Researchers have an important role to play in producing empirically informed knowledge, unpacking discourses and narratives on migration and diversification, developing new methods and theories to advance understanding of a rapidly changing and increasingly complex society.

To date much academic research on superdiversity has been focusing on specific localities in which people of different backgrounds meet and interact. The concept of superdiversity needs to expand these earlier works on local social relations by way of looking at what kinds of categorical differences make a difference in varying contexts and scales.

The aim of the conference is to map the state of the art in knowledge on superdiversity and reflect on the analytical and heuristic uses of the concept, its potential and limits.
Invitation to submit

The Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) at the University of Birmingham is organising the second international interdisciplinary conference on superdiversity. The conference will be held at University of Birmingham on the 23 -24 June 2016. It will feature keynote speeches, invited plenaries, academic panels, and a research/policy roundtable on topics at the forefront of the superdiversity research agenda.
We are inviting paper and panel submissions on the following themes:
• The migration and refugee crisis and changing demographies in Europe
• Diasporized and creolized worlds: superdiversity and transnationalism
• Urban complexity and experiences of place
• Axes of differentiation and politics of difference
• Private and public interactions and encounters
• Policy, rights, service delivery and citizenship
• Xenophobia, racism and social exclusion
• Identity, representations and belonging
• Researching and (re)presenting superdiversity
• Superdiversity, work and enterprise
• Gendering superdiversity

We welcome academics from a range of disciplines, including, but not exclusively, anthropology, sociology, social policy, geography, linguistics, history, psychology, economics, business, medicine, demography, politics, and development studies, policy makers and practitioners to submit innovative papers, and panel proposals.
Doctoral researchers are welcome to submit their work. The conference will be an opportunity for meeting early career researchers and senior academics working on superdiversity.

Submission Guidelines
Abstracts should be submitted electronically, using the online submission system by 15th January 2016.
 Paper submissions should include an abstract (max 250 words) and short biographical note (100 words) about the author including his/her current position and relevant experience related to superdiversity. Submission form for Papers
 Panel submissions should include the names of three speakers and a chairperson, an overview abstract (250 words) and an abstract for each associated paper (250 words). Submission form for Panels
Acceptance decisions will be communicated at the beginning of March 2016.
Presentation Format: The selected papers will be grouped by themes in parallel sessions. Each presentation will last 20 minutes and followed by 10 minutes discussion.
Conference Publications: Delegates will be offered the opportunity after the conference to submit their papers for consideration to be included in an edited book and/or journal special edition.

Other: Travel and accommodation expenses should be covered by the participants. However, there will be a limited number of registration fee bursaries for participants under exceptional circumstances.

Further info: please contact Ann Bolstridge, IRiS manager.

CFP Translanguaging and Repertoires across Signed and Spoken Languages (Germany)

“Translanguaging and repertoires across signed and spoken languages: Insights from linguistic ethnographies in (super)diverse contexts”
20-21 June 2016
Göttingen (Germany)
Deadline for abstracts: 31 December 2015

Admission is free but registration is necessary

Confirmed presentations:
Alastair Pennycook, University of Technology Sydney
Adrian Blackledge, University of Birmingham
Angela Creese, University of Birmingham
Ulrike Zeshan, University of Central Lancashire
Annelies Kusters, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Ethnic and Religious Diversity
Massimiliano Spotti, Tilburg University
Ruth Swanwick, University of Leeds

The aim of this symposium is to foreground contributions based on linguistic ethnographies which were undertaken in educational settings and public/private/parochial settings in which people engage in the practice of translanguaging. With translanguaging we mean the linguistic practices in which people with diverse and multilingual backgrounds engage in order to make themselves understood by others. When doing so, they do not make use of separated languages but use elements/lexicon/grammar of (what might be regarded as) two or more different languages, hence the term ‘translanguaging’. In the process of translanguaging, people typically make use of a variety of channels or modalities: they may speak, point, gesture, sign, write, in a variety of combinations – ie multimodality.

When translanguaging, people draw upon linguistic repertoires, a term which denotes that people learn and use to speak, sign, write, read (parts of) different languages throughout their lives. Linguistic repertoires are typically multimodal, for example gestures are inherent part of spoken language production and mouthings are inherent part of many signed languages. In addition to biographic linguistic repertoires, there are spatial repertoires, linked to specific locations such as markets and repertoires linked with a certain culture and/or religion. Importantly, translanguaging not only draws on but also transforms repertoire.

Current works into spoken languages translanguaging include Angela Creese and Adrian Blackledge’s ongoing AHRC project “Translation and Translanguaging: Investigating Linguistic and Cultural Transformations in Superdiverse Wards in Four UK Cities” (2014-2018). Alastair Pennycook is (with Emi Otsuji) the author of the recently published book “Metrolingualism: Language in the City”, which sheds light on the ordinariness of linguistic diversity as people go about their daily lives in the city and make use of diverse linguistic resources. Massimiliano Spotti’s research focuses on asylum seeking 2.0 where identity negotiation in spoken interaction is supplemented with online evidence that corroborates the discourse of suspicion used as standard by the authorities.

Current works into multilingualism/translanguaging in relation to signed languages and/or gesture include Ulrike Zeshan’s ongoing ERC (2011-2016) project “Multilingual Behaviours in Sign Language Users, focusing on “cross-signing”, “sign-speaking”, and “sign-switching”, breaking new ground with respect to a field of research that can be called “Sign Multilingualism Studies”. Ruth Swanwick’s British Academy project is titled “Deafness and bimodal bilingualism: A plurilingual language framework for education”. Annelies Kusters focuses on gestural interactions and multimodality between fluent deaf signers and hearing non-signers in customer interactions and public transport in Mumbai.

We invite/include contributions that are based on the study of translanguaging in practice: how do people make use of different languages and different modalities (signed/gestured, spoken, written) when drawing on different repertoires in order to make themselves understood? The fact that contributions about the full spectrum of human language use (including signed/gestured/spoken/written) are invited, exploring a common theme, is innovative because the study of signed and spoken languages sociolinguistics have developed rather separately from each other. The focus on language use in practice (in which gesture is an inherent element of spoken languages production and mouthed/spoken/written/fingerspelled language is used by people who use signed languages) will be instrumental in bridging these separate strands, which is a much needed development in order to understand human language production in general. The study of gesture has brought signed and spoken language researchers of theoretical linguistics together, but a parallel bridge has not yet been built in sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology. Thus the symposium and the special issue will be cutting edge and highly competitive, as they extend concepts of translanguaging because of the unique ways in which signed and spoken languages are be used together. In short, the goal of the symposium is to create new knowledge, dialogue or transactions between studies of sign and spoken language diversity and plurality.

The languages of presentation will be International Sign and English, and English-IS interpretation will be organized.

CFP Superdiversity conference Birmingham

CALL FOR PAPERS
Superdiversity: theory, method and practice in an era of change
International Conference, Birmingham 23-24 June 2014

(DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: 10th DECEMBER 2013)

Keynote Speakers include:
*Professor Jan Blommaert, Babylon Centre for the study of Superdiversity, University of Tilberg, The Netherlands.
*Professor Peggy Levitt, Wellesey College, USA.
*Professor James Nazroo, The Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research, University of Manchester, UK.
*Professor Gill Valentine, University of Sheffield, UK
*Professor Steven Vertovec, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen, Germany

With the unprecedented speed, scale and spread of global migration, academics have an important role in developing new methods, advancing theoretical understanding and producing empirically informed knowledge about the emergence of superdiversity.

Invitation to submit
The Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) at the University of Birmingham are organising the first international interdisciplinary conference on superdiversity. The conference will be held at University of Birmingham on the 23rd and 24th June 2014. It will feature invited plenaries, academic panels and a policy roundtable on topics at the forefront of the superdiversity research agenda. The aim of the conference is to map the state of the art in knowledge on superdiversity and to draw an agenda for future research.

We welcome academics from a broad range of disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, social policy, geography, linguistics, history, psychology, economics, medicine, demography, politics, and development studies, policy makers and practitioners to submit innovative papers, panel proposals or posters on any aspect related to superdiversity. Doctoral researchers are welcome to submit their work. The conference will be an opportunity for meeting fellow PhD students and senior academics working on superdiversity.

The conference will include parallel sessions on:
*Migration processes, transnational practices, and globalization
*Patterns and experiences of space and place
*Interchanges, interactions and encounters
*Immigration regimes, rights and belonging
*Discrimination, segregation and inclusion
*Hybridity, representations and belonging
*Communication, language and media
*Policy, planning and service delivery
*Research methods and approaches
*Markets, finance and opportunity
*Art, culture and history
*Faith, religion and spirituality
*Health and healthcare
*New demographies

Submission Guidelines
Abstracts should be submitted electronically, using the on-line submission link – http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/superdiversity-institute/events/2014/06/call-for-papers.aspx – by 10th December 2013.
*Submissions for presentations should include an abstract of a maximum of 250 words.
*Submissions for panels should include the names of three speakers and a Chair, an overview abstract of 250 words and an abstract for each associated paper of 250 words.
*Poster submissions can describe in 250 words or less key themes and approaches to be included in the poster.

Acceptance decisions will be communicated week beginning the 24th February 2014.

Presentation Format: The selected papers will be grouped by themes. There will be parallel sessions, with three presentations in each session. Each presentation will last 20 minutes and followed by 10 minutes discussion.

Deadline for papers: Panel speakers are expected to submit full papers (pdf files) by 30th May 2014.

Conference publications: delegates will be offered the opportunity after the conference to submit their papers for consideration to be included in an edited book and/or journal special edition.

Other: Travel and accommodation expenses should be covered by the participants. However, there will be a limited number of registration fee bursaries for participants under exceptional circumstances.

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