Call for papers: Language Policy Forum 2018, 31 May – 1 June 2018, at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Deadline 15 December 2017
The Language Policy Forum 2018 invites scholars, practitioners and other stakeholders to take stock of what language policy means in times of growing diversity. We are especially interested in presentations that discuss dilemmas (language-related problems in the world) and hopes (possible solutions, perhaps as a result of applying research findings).
Language policy permeates all domains of life, from the workplace, to the home and family, to schools, government, and other institutional settings. It materialises as something that enables some people to participate in these domains of life, and constrains others. The BAAL Language Policy group exists to enable dialogue on all areas of language policy research. We therefore encourage theoretical, methodological, and empirical contributions from fields such as (but by no means limited to): sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, political philosophy, economics, education, globalisation, and migration. As well as examining diversity within human populations, we encourage discussions of our own diversity of research practices: topics and data, methodologies, and practical applications. We also encourage pedagogical submissions, exploring innovative approaches to the teaching of language policy in higher education.
A range of post-graduate studentships are available for 2018-19 entry at the Centre for Language Discourse & Communication at King’s College London, offering supervision in text, discourse, narrative & interaction analysis, pragmatics, linguistic ethnography, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, applied, educational, cognitive and corpus linguistics:
- ESRC studentships with the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (deadline: 31 January 2018). These cover sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, interactional discourse analysis, linguistic ethnography, areas of applied linguistics, computational linguistics, educational linguistics and language & literacy education. Candidates can apply either for a three year PhD Studentship or for a four year Studentship which involves a one year MA and a three year PhD (see https://liss-dtp.ac.uk/studentships/core-training-requirements/ for guidance on which you should apply for).
- AHRC Studentships at the London Arts & Humanities Partnership (opening date 27/11/17; submission deadline: 21 January 2018). This covers research on linguistic structure, history, theory and description, including stylistics, discourse analysis, pragmatics, corpus studies, translation, and some areas of applied linguistics. Studentships last three years.
To apply, you should have excellent qualifications, as well as clear research idea if you are applying for a three year PhD award. It is important to identify and contact a potential supervisor as soon as possible, referring to faculty webpages, and you also need to submit an ordinary admissions application.
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Cross-Cultural Management, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Northampton, UK, Closes 12 November 2017.
Following several years of strong domestic growth and international expansion, the Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) wishes to appoint an innovative specialist in the area of cross-cultural management to extend our team.
The successful candidate can expect to teach and supervise across undergraduate and postgraduate levels (including delivery overseas) and to contribute to the extension of technology enhanced learning across our portfolio. The Faculty has an outstanding reputation in the delivery of business-relevant programmes that are underpinned by our engagement in research and enterprise. You will join a team of highly qualified academics with a passion for enhancing the student experience, and who deliver learning and teaching that is research-informed and technology-enhanced. We would therefore expect the candidate to have Fellowship of the HEA or a recognised HE teaching qualification. A PhD in a relevant field is highly desirable.
Will Baker is an Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics and the Deputy Director of the Centre for Global Englishes, Modern Languages and Linguistics, University of Southampton, UK. His research focuses on Global Englishes and intercultural communication and he is particularly interested in the interface between English as a lingua franca and intercultural communication research. His wider research interests include the practical implications of Global English and intercultural communication research for English language teaching and higher education, especially English medium instruction. He has published and presented internationally in all these research areas. He also supervises doctoral students in these fields as well as convening MA programmes and courses in Global Englishes and Intercultural Communication.
He is the author of Culture and Identity through English as a Lingua Franca (DeGruyter Mouton), co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of English as a Lingua Franca and co-editor of the book series Developments in English as a Lingua Franca (DeGruyter Mouton). Recent research projects include the British Council ELT Research Partnership Award “From English language learners to Intercultural Citizens: Chinese student sojourners development of intercultural citizenship in ELT and EMI programmes” and Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshop Grant “ English as an ASEAN lingua franca: Implications for language education policy and practice”.
For further information please see his profile:
Call for papers for the conference on Global approaches to multilingualism and standardisation. Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, 16-18 April 2018. Deadline: 30 November 2017.
Proposals are welcomed from Early Career Researchers on any of the conference themes, or anything else that relates to standard languages and language standardization. Proposals are particularly encouraged regarding linguistic contexts which comparatively have received little attention from work on language standardization, or which consider theoretical or methodological issues.
This conference is being organised as part of the AHRC-funded project Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS).
Thanks to the generosity of the Historical Sociolinguistics Research and Training Program, funded by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), we hope to make four awards of up to €375 per person to cover accommodation and travel expenses.
LANGUAGE AND BORDERS: RETHINKING MOBILITY, MIGRATION AND SPACE, UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL (UK) 26 MARCH – 27 MARCH 2018
Deadline for abstracts: 14 November 2017
The widespread movement of people and their linguistic repertoires has contributed to growing pressure on the model of the nation-state and related notions of linguistically and culturally homogeneous societies. Supposed homogeneity of communities is contingent on the notion of the border as a device of containment. However, in light of increased population movement, recent multidisciplinary approaches seek to capture the complex qualities of the border as both a locus of mobility (a line to be crossed – a bridge) and a site of enclosure (an untraversable barrier – a wall). So what are borders, how are they constructed and how do they impact our lived experience? Additionally, how can sociolinguistic and cognate research enhance our understanding of the interface between language and borders?
In this context, it has become increasingly urgent to reconsider how ‘migration’ is theoretically conceptualized, especially because ‘migration’ itself has become a salient object of contemporary discourse. This objectification and frequent vilification of migration potentially casts a shadow on the complex and diverse forms of (im)mobility that social actors experience, be it in relation to their own (im)mobility or that of others. Discussion of the roles of borders, mobility and migration in sociolinguistic research encourages us to reflect on the broader concept of space, and on its role in the formation and perpetuation of language ideologies. At this conference, we aim to address a number of questions, including:
– What constitutes a border for sociolinguistic researchers? What linguistic practices do borderlanders engage in?
– As sociolinguists, what can we learn from multidisciplinary approaches to border studies? What insights can be drawn from advances in geography, sociology, history, anthropology, politics and cultural studies?
– How do different sociolinguistic methodological frameworks (qualitative, quantitative, mixed) address borderland scenarios.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Brigitta Busch (University of Vienna), Carmen Llamas (University of York), Clare Mar-Molinero (University of Southampton).
This conference invites contributions from researchers in a range of disciplinary backgrounds, whose work focuses on the role of language in relation to borders, mobility, migration, and/or space. The conference has been generously supported by the British Academy’s ’Tackling the UK’s International Challenges’ initiative, as part of an ongoing project by Dr James Hawkey (Bristol) and Dr Kristine Horner (Sheffield).
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Postdoctoral Fellow in Additional or Second Language Education, King’s College London (UK)
The School of Education, Communication and Society is seeking to recruit an outstanding early career researcher who has recently completed their PhD, to contribute to research and teaching in additional/second language education, TESOL and applied linguistics. They will teach and supervise on the School’s MA programmes and contribute to the research and publications profile of the Centre for Language Discourse and Communication (LDC) as well as the wider School
This post will be full-time and fixed term from Jan 2nd to Dec 31st 2018 funded by an endowment (the Blackwells Endowment).
Applicants should have a proven research track record and a commitment to teaching in higher education.
The selection process will include a presentation and a panel interview.
Closing date: 08 October 2017
Open for submissions
An international conference, Communication in the multilingual city, to be held at University of Birmingham, UK, 28/29 March 2018
TLANG is delighted to invite proposals for its final two day international cross disciplinary conference focused on the theme of communication in the city. We will create conversations which transcend disciplinary boundaries, and assist in thinking creatively about communication in metropolitan settings. We aim to promote discussion of research findings and methodologies between a range of stakeholders including academics, professionals, policy-makers, and practitioners. British Sign Language and International Sign interpretation will be organised for all main sessions and at least one of the parallel sessions.
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Teaching Fellow in Global Politics, University College London – UCL School of European Languages, Culture and Society – Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry (UK)
The UCL Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry invites applications for the post of Teaching Fellow in Global Politics. The successful candidate will be expected to take up the position on 1 September 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter. The post is fixed-term for 12 months.
The post holder will teach four courses or equivalent – an approximate total of 80 contact hours of teaching – at graduate level. He or she will be required to mark and assess work completed for these and, at the discretion of the Chair of CMII, other courses, assist in the preparation of timed examination papers to be taken in the summer term, supervise MA dissertations, participate in CMII PhD and MA dissertation presentations, hold office hours, attend meetings concerning the courses that he or she teaches, and complete mandatory training requirements that he or she may, in accordance with UCL policy, need to take.
The post holder will have a Postgraduate qualification or equivalent within the area of Global Politics, Comparative Politics, or International Relations.
Closing Date: 7 July 2017
Part-Time: 18.25 hours per week (50% FTE)
The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships are three-year Fellowship awards made to an annual cohort of outstanding Early Career Scholars. The aim is to offer opportunities for outstanding early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment which will develop their curriculum vitae and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing posts by the end of the Fellowship. The primary emphasis is on completion of a significant piece of publishable research, which will be assisted by full membership of an academic community of established scholars working in similar fields.
[Many universities participate – but this notice in particular, from the Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, has come to our attention.] The University of Westminster is committed to supporting postdoctoral and early career fellowships. We are keen to consider eligible applications from suitable PhD students and early career researchers of postdoctoral standing, whether or not they have a current affiliation with the University.
All potential applicants for this scheme must first submit an application to the University.
To apply, eligible applicants will need to complete a short proforma
describing their research and why they have selected the University of Westminster as their host institution. Please email the proforma to us for selection. Successful candidates will be supported by Westminster through the British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship application process.
All applications will be considered on the basis of research excellence: the scholarly importance of the project; your ability to carry out the research successfully; the feasibility of the proposed research programme, especially the proposed methodology and timescale; and your publication record to date. Successful candidates will need to demonstrate in their CV a clear research trajectory and some standing in the field.
All applicants will need to identify a mentor prior to submitting their application. You should discuss your application with your mentor. We will not be able to consider an application submitted without a mentor.
All applicants must complete the proforma and submit it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
, along with a CV of no more than four pages, by 23:59
on 19 July 2017
. Successful applicants will receive feedback by Friday 11 August 2017