Monday, August 24, 2015

37th International LAUD Symposium - Linguistic Landscapes and Superdiversity and the City

Location:Landau, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany
Start Date:04-Apr-2016 - 06-Apr-2016
Contact:Martin Pütz
Meeting Email:click here to access email
Meeting Description:37th International LAUD Symposium

Linguistic Landscapes and Superdiversity in the City: Foundational questions, new directions and expanding methodologies

„Linguistic Landscapes” (LL) is generally perceived as the study of the visible and audible representation of multiple languages in public space and contemporary urban life. This international conference will bring together scholars examining the dynamic and gradually developing sub-area of sociolinguistics, “Linguistic Landscapes” (LL) from various perspectives such as (i) theory and methodology; (ii) ideology and power relations; (iii) historicity, social change and transformation.

Location: University of Koblenz-Landau, Landau, Germany

Landau is a small city surrounded by the Southern Wine Route district of the Southern Rhineland-Palatinate and close to the Black Forest. (1 hour from Frankfurt airport)

Keynote Speakers:

Susan Berk-Seligson (Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee)
Durk Gorter (University of the Basque Country)
Adam Jaworski (The University of Hong Kong)
David Malinowski (Yale University)
Alastair Pennycook (University of Technology, Sydney)
Elana Shohamy (Tel Aviv University)
Linguistic Subfield:Discourse Analysis; Language Documentation; Lexicography; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue:26.3554

Call for Papers:

Conference dates: April 4-6, 2016
Call deadline: October 15, 2015

Topics of presentation include but are not limited to:

Session 1: Theoretical, analytical and methodological considerations of LL

- The theoretical relevance of the LL framework
- Exploring the boundaries of LL research
- Methodologies and analytic frames
- Interviews and LL: Rationales, motivations and ideologies
- Description, measurement and analysis of LL signs
- Ethnography & data collection in LL studies
- Ethical concerns in LL research
- Perceptions and attitudes
- The interaction of LL signs with social discourses
- LL as signs of cultural and collective identity
- New digital technologies and virtual spaces

Session 2: Superdiversity, power relations & ideology in LL communities

- The composition of the linguistic landscape: Sites of superdiversity
- LL items and conflict of language groups (e.g. religious, ethnic, etc.)
- Visibility and vitality of migrant languages in LL settings
- Public space as a site for language revitalization in LL
- Societal power relations in LL 
- Propaganda and political agitation campaigns in LL
- Acts of resistance in LL: graffiti and other protest signage
- The globalization of English: Conflictual boundaries in LL cities
- Language and cognition: LL signs and linguistic/conceptual metaphors/metonymies
- The interaction of text and image in linguistic landscapes

Session 3: Historicity, social change and transformation in LL 

- The comparison of linguistic landscapes from an evolutionary perspective
- Connecting present and past landscapes of multilingualism
- Diachronic analyses and social/economic changes in the contemporary LL
- Perceptions of multilingual designs in time and space
- LL as a reflection of the history of a nation and its people
- Cultural memory and LL: Historical monuments and commemorative spaces in the public sphere
- Documenting and analyzing the re-writing of the past 
- The diachronic evolution of attitudes towards changing linguistic landscapes

Presentation and Abstracts:

Presentation slots will be for 30 minutes (20 minute talk + 10 minute discussion). Please submit abstracts of up to 500 words (excluding references) to the conference organisers:
Martin Pütz 


Monika Reif

Organizing Committee Members:

René Dirven (University of Duisburg and Mechelen)
Luna Filipović (University of East Anglia)
Neele Mundt (University of Koblenz-Landau)
Martin Pütz (University of Koblenz-Landau)
Monika Reif (University of Koblenz-Landau)
Ulrich Schmitz (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Hans-Georg Wolf (University of Potsdam)