CFP Sociolinguistics of Immigration (Italy)

ConferencesCall for papers, 4th International Conference on the Sociolinguistics of Immigration: Language, Power, and Resistance in Relation to Migratory Contexts of (Im)mobilization, University of Turin, Genova, Italy, 22-23 September, 2020. Deadline:  25 February 2020.

This international conference aims to bring together scholars working on the epistemological, theoretical and methodological challenges posed to sociolinguistics and related disciplines by recent global migratory phenomena. The conference is organized by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and Modern Cultures of the University of Turin (Italy), and will take place in Sestri Levante (Genova), Italy, from 22nd to 23rd September 2020. The language of the conference is English.

Francesca Gobbo Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesFrancesca Gobbo has been Professor of Intercultural Education at the University of Turin (Italy), where she also taught Anthropology of Education until retiring in 2014.

Francesca Gobbo

She was Fulbright grantee (1969), Research Assistant at UC Berkeley (1973-74), Research Assistant with the Carnegie Foundation at Yale University (1974), Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley (1995) and Harvard University (2001). She has lectured at the University of Reading (UK), Charles in Prague (CZ) and Amsterdam (NL).

She studies and teaches contemporary educational issues from a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective that combines educational theory with methodological and theoretical approaches from the fields of cultural anthropology and anthropology of education. She coordinates research on Italian schools attended by immigrant pupils. Her own ethnographic research has been carried out among Italy’s “internal minorities” such as the Albanian speaking minority of Calabria, the Waldensian religious minority in Piedmont and the occupational minority of travelling fairground and circus people. Her contribution to the understanding of these Italian minority group’s meaning of education and schooling experience is relevant to the widening of the discourse and research on intercultural education, as it questions definitions of multiculturalism and interculture as exclusive results of the migratory flows, underlines the problem of power balance (or lack of it) as a fundamental one for an intercultural perspective and singles out the political as well as educational strategies that foster the idea of a homogeneous national culture while continuing to produce minority culture’s persistence.

Her long standing professional interests in the cultural and social changes obtaining in complex societies (particularly in the North America and in European countries) and in their schools developed first from her studies and research in anthropology of education at UC Berkeley, and it continued with her participation into associations such as the “International Association for Intercultural Education” (IAIE) and the “European Education Research Association” (EERA). She was elected Board member of IAIE in 2005 and 2010. In EERA she was linkperson for the network “Social Justice and Intercultural Education” from 2003 to 2007, and was one of the founding members of the network “Ethnography”.

She was Associate Editor in Chief of Intercultural Education from 2005 to 2007, and again in 2014. She is on the editorial boards of the following journals: Intercultural Education, European Educational Research Journal, Ethnography and Education, and International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning.

Her involvement into educational research at the international level is indicated by her participation into the following Comenius projects:
2007/2009 – DG Education and Culture proposal “Strategies for supporting schools and teachers to foster social inclusion”
2007/2009 – Comenius P7 Multilateral proposal “Teacher In-Service Training for Roma Inclusion” (INSETRom)(134215-2007-IT-COMENIUS-CMP)
2004/2006 – Comenius 2.1 Project entitled Effective teaching and learning for minority-language children in pre-school.
1997/1999 – Comenius 3 Project entitled Cooperative Learning in Intercultural Education in Europe (“CLIP”).

In the field of intercultural education and anthropology of education, she has published Radici e frontiere (Padova, 1992), Pedagogia interculturale (Roma, 2000) and A proposito di intercultura (Padova, 2011). She edited Antropologia dell’educazione (Milano, 1996), Cultura Intercultura (Padova, 1997), La quotidiana diversità (Padova, 1998, with M. Tommaseo Ponzetta), Multiculturalismo e intercultura (Padova, 2003), Etnografia dell’educazione in Europa (Milano, 2003), Etnografia nei contesti educative (Roma, 2003, with A. M. Gomes), Processi educativi nelle società multiculturali (Roma, 2007), La ricerca per una scuola che cambia (Padova, 2007), L’educazione al tempo dell’intercultura (Roma, 2008), Il Cooperative Learning nelle società multiculturali (Milano, 2010), Antropologia e educazione in America Latina (Roma, 2010, with C. Tallé).

In English she edited Social Justice and Intercultural Education (Stoke on Trent, 2007, with Bhatti, Gaine and Leeman). She contributed chapters to the Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education Interculturalism (J. Banks ed., Sage, 2012) , Education and Dialogue (T. Besley & M. Peters eds., Peter Lang, 2012), Anthropologies of education (K. Anderson Levitt ed., Berghahn Books, 2011), Travellers, Nomadic and Migrant Education (P. Danaher, M. Kenny and Leder eds., Routledge 2009), International Handbook on Urban Education (Pink and Noblit eds., Springer, 2007), Transmission of Knowledge as a Problem of Culture and Identity (Kučera, Rochex, Štech eds., The Karolinum Press 2001), Educational Research in Europe, Yearbook 2000 (Day, van Veen eds., Garant 2000), and (with R. Ricucci) to International perspectives on countering school segregation (Bakker, Denessen, Peters, Walraven eds., Garant 2011). She is Section Editor (with Kathryn Anderson-Levitt) for the Smeyers P., Bridges D., Burbules N. C., Griffiths M. Eds., International Handbook of Interpretation in Educational Research Methods, Springer, Dordrecht, 2015 forthcoming, to which she also contributed a chapter (“People ‘of passage’: an intercultural educator’s interpretation of diversity and cultural identity”). She will contribute a chapter to a forthcoming anthology by W. Pink & G. Noblit Eds, Education, Equity and Economy: Studies Toward the Future of Socially Just Education, Springer, forthcoming, and act as Section Editor for Western Europe of the second edition of the W. Pink & G. Noblit Eds., International Handbook on Urban Education, Springer, forthcoming. She has published many articles in international journals.

Federica Setti Researcher Profile

Researcher Profiles

Federica Setti holds a PhD in Anthropology and Education at the University of Turin.

Federica Setti

As part of her PhD she has carried out an ethnographic study of education and relationships between Roma and non-Roma among a Sinti family network and in a middle school attended by their teenager children in Trento. She was visiting scholar at the University of Edinburgh, based at STEP (Scottish Traveller Education Programme). She carried out ethnographic research among a Dassikané Roma family network and in a primary school attended by their children in Turin as part of her MA in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.

Her research interests include Romani studies; Cultural and Medical Anthropology; Migration studies and Anthropology of Death. She carried out ethnographic research into Moroccan peoples’ migration experiences between Italy and Morocco and an ethnography of mourning processes, related to relatives of patients attended by a palliative care centre in Trento, for her BA degree in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology. The latter is published in the The Italian Journal of Palliative Care under the title “Processes of Mourning: Ethnography and Life histories in Trentino.” She also concentrated on the history of relationships between majority societies and minorities, particularly through an archival research on the special classes ‘Lacio Drom’ activated in Italy only for those called ‘Gypsies’, with an exonym, published in the article “‘You, Gadže, see school in one way. We, Sinti, see it in another way’: An ethnography of education and school pathways of Sinti and non-Sinti in Trento,” in Trentino’s Archive Journal.

The monograph about her PhD research, titled “In A Matter of Perspectives: Ethnography of Education and of Relationships between Roma and non-Roma” is in publication, in Italian, with the publisher CISU (Rome). Furthermore, the journal articles she wrote related to her PhD ethnography are forthcoming, including “The implications of ‘naming’ on Roma and Sinti right to education and social inclusion: an ethnography of education among a Sinti family network,” prepared for the Special Issue “On the education of Roma, Travelers and ‘occupational nomads’. Research findings and questions that interrogate researchers and educators,” to be published in Intercultural Education Journal.

She was Teaching Fellow, Lecturer and Exam committee member in Anthropology of Education, Intercultural Education and Educational Processes in Multicultural Societies (chair: Professor Francesca Gobbo) at the University of Turin, for four years. She is in the Teachers of Italian as Foreign language’s Province of Trento’s register and taught for three years Italian as foreign language to migrant and Roma students in middle schools. She is a member of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies, the Gypsy Lore Society and the URBA-ROM Network. She is also co-founder and member of – women’s studies in anthropology and/of education. She is reachable via email.

University of Turin 2014

WLH_GobboFrom May 14-17, 2014, I stopped in Turin, Italy to meet Professor Francesca Gobbo, recently retired from the University of Turin. In addition to talking about common interests in intercultural dialogue and classroom ethnography, I was able to connect with a number of her doctoral students. In fact, one of them, Federica Setti had just been awarded her PhD, and was gracious enough to include me and my husband in her celebration party (thanks again, Federica!). Another, Paola Giorgis, was in the process of preparing a post-doctoral fellowship application to EURIAS, and I was able to provide some advice, having served as one of their reviewers in the past. Rebecca Sansoé and Giorgia Peano were also in attendance that evening. Prof. Gobbo was particularly generous with her time, and we were able to fit in quite a bit of sightseeing around Turin during my visit, including their famous Egyptian museum.

Over the next few weeks, I will be posting researcher profiles as Prof. Gobbo and her doctoral students have time to send me information.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

CFP Sociolinguistics of Immigration (Italy)

First International Conference on the Sociolinguistics of Immigration
25th -26th September 2014
Villa Queirolo, Rapallo (Genova), Italy

The First International Conference on the Sociolinguistics of Immigration is a two-day international conference which aims at bringing together scholars working on both the empirical and theoretical challenges posed to sociolinguistics by recent global migratory phenomena. The sociolinguistics of immigration is a relevant multidisciplinary field of language investigation. The focus of attention is, on the one hand, on how immigration can contribute to phenomena of language spread and/or diaspora, language contact, language variation and change, and on the other hand the development of mixed, hybrid patterns of language use and identities.The topics above will be mainly (though not exclusively) examined from the following perspectives of analysis: contact linguistics, bilingualism/ multilingualism, language variation and change and language/ dialect development. The conference is organized by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and Modern Cultures of the University of Turin (Italy), and it will take place in Rapallo (Genoa) from 25th to 26th September 2014.The languages of the conference are: English, French and Italian. We are delighted to announce that the plenary speakers will be: Christian Mair (University of Freiburg), Marinette Matthey (University of Grenoble3) and Hans Van de Velde (University of Utrecht).

Abstract deadline: March 10, 2014