CFP Migration & Integration in Contemporary Societies (Sweden)

ConferencesOrganizing Migration and Integration in Contemporary Societies [OMICS] Conference, 6-9 November, 2019, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. Deadline for abstracts: 15 May 2019; Deadline for full papers: 9 October 2019.

Growth in international migration has prompted a diversity of efforts to manage global migratory flows as well as improve and streamline the economic, social and political integration of migrants into the host countries. Migration and integration today involve a myriad of actors such as international and regional bodies, state agencies and municipalities, companies, interest groups, community-embedded, civil society organizations as well as individuals, including migrants, who design, implement reproduce, participate in, and replicate individual or collaborative initiatives aimed at facilitating migration and integration. Some efforts are planned and involve years of preparation and the engagement of large coalition of actors; others are ephemeral and ad hoc, emerging from one day to the next only to disappear again quickly. Some efforts aim at facilitating transnational migration others at improving migrants’ health, at supporting migrants’ inclusion into the host countries’ education system or the labour market, at preventing radicalization, or securing migrants’ civic, social and legal inclusion in the new country. From a coordination and organizing perspective, this myriad of actors and activities separated in time and space poses not only far-reaching challenges, but also great opportunities.

These challenges and opportunities demand novel and critical research and interdisciplinary approaches from a range of disciplines, such as anthropology, educational sciences, health sciences, information technology, international studies, law and human rights, management and organization studies, migration studies, political science, social work and sociology. This to rethink how migration shapes and produces inclusion and exclusion around the world – from welfare states in the Global North to the states of the Global South.

CFP Multilingualism Diversity & Democracy (Sweden)

ConferencesCALL FOR PAPER ABSTRACTS: Multilingualism, Diversity and Democracy (MuDD) Conference 2019, Jönköping University, Sweden, 8-10 April 2019. Deadline: 15 January 2019.

An international conference organized by the Communication, Culture and Diversity (CCD) network-based research group, School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University, and sponsored by the Swedish Research Council.

The MuDD2019 international conference will bring together international experts from across the global-North and the global-South with the intent of interrogating the continuing dichotomized situation (in particular in nation-states like Sweden) wherein mono-lingualism and mono-culturalism constitutes the norm and multilingualism and diversity are seen as the exception. MuDD2019 also has the potential to create new knowledge of relevance for present day challenges related to mobility, migration and communication across virtual-physical spaces. It will bring together senior and junior scholars from different research disciplines, including professionals from among other sectors the educational and cultural sectors, thus allowing for theorizing and bridging the dichotomies between monodisciplinary research areas and professional fields.

Stockholm U PHD Studentships (Sweden)

“Studentships“Stockholm University is advertising for a fully funded PHD position in Bilingualism, at the Centre for Research on Bilingualismthe Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Stockholm University, Sweden. Closing date: 15 October 2018.

The Centre for Research on Bilingualism announces 1 place in the PhD program in Bilingualism, with a specialization toward the sociolinguistics of multilingualism and diversity. We welcome especially applications where the research proposal falls within the field of transnational multilingualism and is framed as a Linguistic Ethnography (although these are not requirements).

Other studentships available include Cinema Studies (“with a significant focus on turning points and alterations of media from various theoretical, historical and contemporary perspectives”), Fashion Studies (which may include “fashion practices and social identity”) and Linguistics (either Phonetics or Linguistic Typology).

PHD Studentships & Research Fellow Linköping U (Sweden)

FellowshipsPhD student in Language and Culture within the research project ”Vocal Practices of Coordinating Human Action” in the Department of Culture and Communication (IKK), at the Graduate School of Language and Culture in Europe, Linköping University.

Research fellow in Language and Culture, within the project “Vocal Practices of Coordinating Human Action” for the duration of one year, with possible extension up to 4 years in total, formally based at the Department of Culture and Communication (IKK), Linköping University. The duties of the research fellow include fieldwork (video ethnography), transcription, analysis, and research output towards the goals of the project, with possible participation in PhD supervision.

Starting date 
By agreement (during the fall 2017).

PhD student in Language and Culture focused on the field literature, media and ecology. The position is linked both to the research group Literature, Media History and Information Cultures (LMI) and the research program The Seed Box. A Mistra-Formas Environmental Humanities Collaboratory, and is formally placed at the Department of Culture and Communication (IKK), at the Graduate School of Language and Culture in Europe, Linköping University.

Stockholm U PhD Studentship: Bilingualism (Sweden)

FellowshipsPHD Student in Bilingualism  at the Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Stockholm University
Closing date: 18 April 2017

The Centre for Research on Bilingualism provides a broad base of theoretical and practical research with the aim of increasing understanding and awareness of bilingualism. The Centre is a cross-linguistic and interdisciplinary unit within the Faculty of Humanities Language Sciences Section at Stockholm University. Research at the Centre forms a significant part of Stockholm University’s leading research area “Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition”.

Research areas include bilingualism and second language acquisition, multilingualism and diversity, bilingualism in the family, bilingual education, Swedish as a second language for children and adults, young people’s languages and language use in multilingual contexts, second and foreign language teaching, L1 attrition and reactivation in bilinguals, language maintenance and language shift, language ideology, language policy, and multilingualism and education in developing countries. In sum, the Centre’s research covers the sociolinguistic, pragmatic, structural, psycholinguistic, cognitive and neurolinguistic aspects of bilingualism. For more information, see: www.biling.su.se/english.

As a PhD student at the Faculty of Humanities you have the opportunity to participate in the Faculty’s Doctoral School, which offers themes and courses characterised by interdisciplinarity and cooperation across subjects. The Doctoral School also gives you the chance to improve the quality of your education thanks to the interchange provided by the community of PhD students from other subjects and departments.

Project description
The Centre for Research on Bilingualism announces 1–2 places in the PhD program in Bilingualism. The Centre encourages applications in the areas of the Sociolinguistics of multilingualism and diversity and Psycho-/Neurolinguistics (including EEG or Eye-tracking).

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CFP EDEN: Diversity Matters (Sweden)

DIVERSITY MATTERS
26th European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN) annual conference
13-16 June, 2017 in JÖNKÖPING, SWEDEN

Call for contributions:

The responsibility of the scholarly community includes the proper handling of diversity in education with respect to learners’ profiles, backgrounds, generations, cultures with different languages, literacies, and ways of communication as well as diversity in media and technology enhanced learning environments.

We need renowned reflections of practice that support paradigm-changing transformations based on systematic knowledge.

Join the Conference in Jönköping to tell about your research, projects and experience connected to diversity challenges.

Due to numerous extension requests received, the online submission will remain open until further notice. Submissions that relate to the Conference Scope and one or more of the Conference Themes are still welcome in paper, poster, workshop, training, demonstration and synergy formats.

 

CFP Translanguaging: Researchers & Practitioners in Dialogue (Sweden)

Translanguaging – researchers and practitioners in dialogue is a two-day international conference on translanguaging to be hosted by The School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (HumUS) at Örebro University, Sweden, on 28 and 29 March, 2017.

Planning information
Abstract submission deadline: 30 November, 2016
Conference registration for all participants: 1 December, 2016
Conference registration deadline: 31 January, 2017

Translanguaging describes both multilingual communication competence and pedagogical practice. The concept highlights the capacity of bi- and multilinguals to make themselves understood and produce nuanced meanings by gliding between languages on the basis of their whole linguistic repertoires. In bilingual education, translanguaging foregrounds a flexible juxtaposition of different ‘languages’ for meaningful learning with others in instructional processes.

Translanguaging has introduced progressive perspectives and theoretical claims which have given distinction to the place of the concept within sociolinguistics, multilingualism and visually-oriented research. Translanguaging theory moves beyond the autonomous linguistic systems of traditional bilingualism and even the view that bilingual performance is supported by the interdependence of two (or more) linguistic systems. It proposes a view of bilingualism as resourced by a single repertoire of language features from which translinguals draw strategically to meet multilingual demands and goals. Bilingual as dual competence is reconceptualized as the capacity to communicate with a single, integrated, set of both signed and spoken language assets. Consonant with this claim, is the notion that multilinguals operate communicatively on the basis of their own idiolects rather than with primary orientation to the structures of named languages which are viewed not as linguistic entities, but as socially and politically defined. Thus translanguaging challenges traditional school practices of assessing communicative proficiency and offers new ways of perceiving and promoting the linguistic and intellectual development of bilingual students.

While translanguaging scholarship multiplies, a growing number of educational leaders and teachers express interest in in the potential pedagogical prospects of translanguaging for content and language integrated learning. However, the development of scholarly thinking has not always lent itself to educational application. Canagarajah (2014), for example, mentions a romanticization of translanguaging and a cognitive, individualistic, orientation to translanguaging competence at the expense of social and interactional issues. Theoretical imbalance, in effect, hinders the pedagogical currency of translanguaging. The conference title emphasizes the vision to bring researchers and practitioners from different educational arenas into dialogue around the opportunities and challenges of translanguaging as enabling both communicative and pedagogical participation in classrooms. The aim is also for participants to engage critically and constructively with the theoretical and methodological challenges arising from the use of translanguaging in multilingual analysis and educational approaches.

Keynote speakers confirmed for the conference are:
Deborah Chen-Pichler, Linguistics Gallaudet University, USA.
Maaike Hajer, Dutch language arts and applied linguistics, Nijmegen University, NL.
Holly Link, Educational Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

In addition to the perspectives and inspirations from the keynote speakers, the conference platforms 18 presentation and discussion sessions with the purpose of displaying a variety of current research and educational projects which make strategic use of translanguaging (see Preliminary programme). The sessions are planned as arenas for presentation, discussion and interactive engagement with topics which provide focus on the conference theme.

Abstract submission for these sessions is now open. An abstract of maximum 820 words is required which is structured by a form that you can download here. On completion, this form should be sent to Kicki Ekberg, the conference administrator (kicki.ekberg[at]oru.se). The deadline for submitting abstracts is 31 October, 2016. After this a ‘blind’ two-reviewer procedure will ‘select’ the 18 conference presentations and presenters will be informed about the result of their submission at the end of November or beginning of December.

Each present and discuss session will be allocated 25 minutes. We strongly recommend that you plan a 15-minute presentation to allow for 10 minutes of discussion. Since we are requiring a relatively long abstract, we will not be inviting the selected presenters to submit a longer paper. A longer paper version of your presentation for distribution at the session could be a good strategy for homing rapidly in what is central or crucial in your contribution and supplying further information for those who are interested.

CFP International Rhetoric Workshop: Crossing Traditions, Reimagining the Political (Sweden)

CFP: International Rhetoric Workshop: “Crossing Traditions: Reimagining the Political”
Uppsala University, Sweden
17-19 August 2016

The International Rhetoric Workshop (IRW) invites PhD students and emerging scholars to participate in developing the study of political rhetoric and its theoretical traditions. At beautiful Uppsala University, Sweden, we will meet in the last days of summer to advance rhetorical scholarship on “Crossing Traditions: Reimagining the Political”. The theme seeks to engage with questions of how various traditions of rhetorical theory meet and merge within global rhetorical practices, and how these crossings can change and develop the concept of the political. The IRW seeks to bring the diverse global community of rhetoric scholars together in a collaborative setting.

Contemporary rhetorical studies include the study and criticism of contemporary persuasive practices, theoretical discussions on the conditions for communal meaning-making, and historical studies of rhetorical practices and rhetorical thinking in different times and places. The emphasis rhetorical studies places on cross-fertilization between these different forms of inquiry opens opportunities to take on the challenges posed by contemporary politics. The workshop theme seeks to be true to this characteristic of rhetorical studies, and focuses on the crossings of various rhetorical traditions and how global rhetorical practices can change and develop our conception of the political and its possibilities.

The concept of the political has been a keystone in rhetorical thought since its instigation in ancient Greece. With world-wide communication and instant circulation, recurring crises and ever-increasing risk, environmental global challenges, and the racializing, sexualizing, and gendering of bodies, the importance of rhetoric at its intersection with the political continues to increase. It is simply not possible to imagine the political without also taking into consideration rhetorical practices that negotiate all of these issues. Examinations of the political and its materialization in particular contexts and advances in theoretical models that better fit today’s world are therefore much needed.

Suggested themes or questions to be furthered at the workshop:
– Geographically structured traditions of rhetorical practices: their local, regional, and national contestations.
– How these traditions crosses boundaries: how they are compared, merged or intersected with other specific practices globally.
– How various rhetorical scholarships on political practices and political theories change and merge across academic traditions.
– Rhetorical conditions of possibility for the political to emerge.
– How rhetoric’s multifaceted, transnational intellectual history has crossed borders: its ancient heritage, its Arabic-European transformations, its mutation into post-colonial settings and histories of thought.
– How rhetoric’s continuous engagement with political, philosophical, and aesthetic thought is played out in global political settings.

Format and participants
The format consists of a three-day workshop at Uppsala with an opening keynote address on each day; breakout sessions in which workshop participants review and discuss drafts of ongoing research with faculty; and faculty discussion panels on topics relevant to the theme.

IRW will include three keynote addresses from internationally recognized scholars working in the intersection of rhetorical and political thought: Debra Hawhee (Penn State University, USA), Kari Palonen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland), and Philippe-Joseph Salazar (University of Cape Town, South Africa).

The core activity of the workshop will be engaged discussion and development of participants’ work-in-progress. Papers will be pre-circulated to a small group of about 5-6 workshop participants and one member of the invited faculty and everybody is expected to have constructive suggestions and comments on each other’s work.

IRW will also have panel sessions, led by the invited faculty, on methodological and theoretical topics relating to the theme. The invited faculty consists of: Mats Rosengren (Uppsala University, Sweden), María Alejandra Vitale (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina), Jiyeon Kang (University of Iowa, USA), Jairos Kangira (University of Namibia), Dilip Gaonkar (Northwestern University, USA), Anne Ulrich (University of Tübingen, Germany), Alan Finlayson (University of East Anglia, UK) and our three keynote speakers. They work in the fields of postcolonial intellectual history, securitization, neo-liberal forms of governmentality, the changing forms of protest movements, the challenge of the political to continental thought, and national political rhetoric at the intersection of geopolitical rhetorical practices.

In keeping with the small and informal setting, IRW will accept 50-60 participants based on quality of research, geographical spread, and relevance to the workshop theme. Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and submitted through the form below. Abstract submission is open to PhD students and emerging scholars who have received their PhD no earlier than January 2014.

How to apply
Deadline for abstract submission: 30 March 2016.

Please note that if an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper of your work-in-progress should be submitted by 30 June 2016. Final papers should be 4000-6000 words in length, excluding notes and references.

Letter of acceptance will be sent no later than 20 April 2016.

Registration fee (includes participation in the workshop with pre-circulated paper, one informal dinner, as well as breakfast and lunch for three days): 100 EUR

To submit your abstract, please follow this link to the submission form.

CFP Explorations in Ethnography, Language and Communication (Sweden)

6th conference on Explorations in Ethnography, Language and Communication (EELC)
Södertörn University (Sweden)
22-23 September 2016

The aim of the conference is to examine how linguistic ethnography can be used in order to capture cultural, gendered, linguistic and other kinds of diversity in today’s global societies. In line with Södertörn University’s intercultural profile, conference papers will explore the role of language in diverse settings: in the workplace, in education, in the community and at home. Today, with the development of technology, information and capital are transcending social and geographical barriers thus giving new forms to communication. The challenges of conducting ethnography in order to capture these new globalized yet diverse settings are larger than ever and in this conference we wish to explore new theories and methods and discuss research results from studies that have set out to achieve this.

The following plenary speakers have confirmed their participation:
Jan Blommaert, Professor of Language, Culture and Globalization and Director of the Babylon Center at Tilburg University
Celia Roberts, Professor Emerita of Applied Linguistics at King’s College.
Rickard Jonsson, Associate Professor in the Department of Child and Youth Studies at Stockholm University

Forms of participation
We welcome participants to give a paper, present a poster, or hold a workshop. Paper presenters will be allowed 20 minutes, with a further 10 minutes for discussion. Poster presenters will be assigned a special session for brief presentations and discussions. Workshops may last 90 minutes to two hours and can be run by one organizer or a group of organizers with complementary projects. All workshop proposals should indicate a relevant thematic discussion and associated audience activity, such as critical questions on theory, issues of methodology, or exercises on data analysis.

Important dates and abstract submission
Deadline for abstract submission for papers and workshops: 1 April 2016
Notification of acceptance: 29 April 2016

Beyza Björkman Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesBeyza Björkmanis Associate Senior Lecturer at Stockholm University, Department of English, Centre for Academic English.


Beyza BjorkmanSince 2005, she has been doing research on the use of English as the medium of instruction in Swedish higher education. Her general research interests include the use of English as a lingua franca (ELF) for academic purposes, spoken academic discourse in general, academic literacy, linguistic equality, language change and language policy.

Her most current research on ELF focused on the pragmatic aspects of English as a lingua franca as the medium of instruction, focusing on polyadic lingua franca speech in student-student interaction. More recently, she has published on language policy work at Swedish universities, focusing on actual language practices vs language management issues, as well as attitudes towards the use of English in Swedish higher education. She is currently doing research on the spoken genre of PhD supervisor-PhD student interactions in supervision meetings.

For more information on Beyza’s research and publications, visit her website.