среда, 27 апреля 2011 г.

New book: Discursive Constructions of Immigrant Identity

Bois, Inke Du (2010): Discursive Constructions of Immigrant Identity. A Sociolinguistic Trend Study on Long-Term American Immigrants. Frankfurt am Main/New York: Peter Lang.

In which way can language be an indicator for cultural identity in immigration contexts? How are collective identity, social networks and the use of the inclusive pronoun "we" connected? Does code-switching in additive bilingualism and first language attrition indicate a loss of home cultural identity? Designed as a longitudinal trend study, this book answers such complex questions. It investigates data collected from interviews with thirty U.S. Americans who immigrated to Germany between 1963 to 2001. On one hand, indepth discourse analyses take the discursive construction of identity through code-switching, narrative structures and deictics within the sociopolitical context of Germany into account. One the other hand, quantitative analysis of lexical attrition, code-switching and the 'we' pronoun show clear correlations with socio-demographic factors such as age at arrival, length of residence, education, and English-related profession.

See more: http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?event=cmp.cst.ebooks.datasheet&id=58165&concordeid=261275

вторник, 12 апреля 2011 г.

Negotiating and constructing European identities across languages and cultures

The 4th ENIEDA Conference on Linguistic and Intercultural Education: Negotiating and constructing European identities across languages and cultures
Vr?ac, Serbia

Organised by:
The European Network for Intercultural Education Activities (ENIEDA)
in cooperation with
The Faculty of Culture and Society, Malmö University, Sweden,
The Teacher Training College, Vr?ac, Serbia.

In an effort to consolidate and expand further its presence in the region of South-East Europe, and following a series of successful events that have already promoted ENIEDA and its achievements in the area of linguistic and intercultural education, we are pleased to announce that the 4th ENIEDA conference is poised to intensify and diversify these activities in both theory and practice.

Drawing on the pluralistic ethos expressed in the Council of Europe's 1982 Recommendations to the member states concerning language policy - "that the rich heritage of diverse languages and cultures in Europe is a valuable common resource to be protected and developed, and that a major educational effort is needed to convert that diversity from a barrier to communication into a source of mutual enrichment and understanding" - our main ambition is to strengthen the links between the north and the south, as well as the east and the west of Europe in order to identify new collaborative and networking opportunities, both of which will inform future directions of research and development. These links are to be further enhanced through the activities of ENIEDA members and associates, by being professionally active across Europe and establishing stronger and long-lasting relationships and collaborations.

The conference will, therefore, remain open to linguistic and cross-cultural education-related topics broadly defined, looking more closely into the current dynamics in Europe between old and new trends, local and global tendencies, progressive and conservative views, stabilisation and destabilisation patterns, national and European identities, as ENIEDA's core focal point. In that context, the special focus theme proposed for the forthcoming event is constructing a European identity vs. preserving local/regional/national identities and their cultural idiosyncrasies. Even though our aim is to focus primarily on the European context and its culture-specific identities, we always welcome participants representing other geographical and geo-political regions and their contributions as well.

Within this general thematic schema, the following frameworks and approaches are suggested:

(i) *Theoretical/methodological frameworks*

  • Discourse Analysis, Rhetoric and (Intercultural) Pragmatics
  • Contrastive studies
  • Language Learning and Teaching
  • Teacher Education
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Sociology (of language)
  • Translating, Interpreting and Mediation
  • Communication Theory
  • Education: best practices and policies

(ii) *Applied/empirical approaches*

  • Multilingualism and plurilingualism in Europe (and beyond)
  • European learning communities and national/regional education policies
  • Multilingual and multicultural literacy as a learning outcome
  • Intercultural competence within national curricula and current EU legislation
  • Empowerment and discrimination through language
  • Exposing racism, xenophobia and intolerance
  • Intercultural communication and multicultural identities

The following keynote speakers confirmed their participation:
Professor *Cornelia Ilie*, Malmö University, Sweden
Ms. *Maguelonne Déjeant-Pons*, Head of the Cultural Heritage, Landscape and Spatial Planning Division of the Council of Europe
Professor *Srikant Sarangi*, Cardiff University, UK
Dr *Teodora Popescu*, University of Alba Iulia, Romania

The symposium is also featuring the following workshops:
- Breaking the news on European televisions, organised by Professor Cornelia Ilie, Malmö University, Sweden, and Professor Roberta Facchinetti, University of Verona, Italy
- Cross-cultural discourses in virtual environments, organised by Dr. Christina Samson, University of Florence, Italy

Official languages of the symposium are English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian.

We invite proposals for individual papers, panels/colloquia, workshops and posters on the topics suggested, but not strictly limited to the list above. They should be written in the language of the presentation and be up to 300 words long. Individual papers are allotted 30 minutes (including discussion time), while panels/colloquia and workshops should last no longer than 90 minutes per session. Further guidelines and instructions are to be found at the ENIEDA official website: http://www.enieda.eu.

The abstract submission deadline (including panel/colloquia and workshop proposals) is 15th May 2011 and the notification of acceptance will be received by 15th June 2011. Abstracts should be submitted to conferences@enieda.eu. The registration deadline for all conference participants is 15th July 2011.

Conference Convenors:
Professor Cornelia ILIE (Malmö, Sweden), President of ENIEDA
Dr Svetlana KURTE? (Portsmouth, UK), Vice-President of ENIEDA
Dr Teodora POPESCU (Alba Iulia, Romania), Executive Secretary of ENIEDA
Mrs Jelena PRTLJAGA, MA (Vr?ac, Serbia)

Organising Committee:
Professor Cornelia ILIE (Malmö, Sweden), President of ENIEDA
Dr Svetlana KURTE? (Portsmouth, UK), Vice-President of ENIEDA
Dr Teodora POPESCU (Alba Iulia, Romania), Executive Secretary of ENIEDA
Professor Grozdanka GOJKOV (Vr?ac, Serbia), Fellow of the Serbian Academy of Education
Mrs Jelena PRTLJAGA, MA (Vr?ac, Serbia)
Dr Igor LAKI? (Podgorica, Montenegro)

Scientific Committee:
Professor Rodica Chira (Alba Iulia, Romania)
Professor Giacomo Ferrari (Vercelli, Italy)
Professor Grozdanka Gojkov (Vr?ac, Serbia)
Professor Maurizio Gotti (Bergamo, Italy)
Professor Jagoda Grani? (Zagreb, Croatia)
Professor Hartmut Haberland (Roskilde, Denmark)
Professor Cornelia Ilie (Malmö, Sweden)
Professor Gabriella Klein (Perugia, Italy)
Dr Nata?a Kosti? (Podgorica, Montenegro)
Dr Svetlana Kurte? (Portsmouth, UK)
Dr Igor Laki? (Podgorica, Montenegro)
Professor Tatiana Larina (Moscow, Russia)
Professor Ivanka Mavrodieva (Sofia, Bulgaria)
Professor Rodica Pioariu (Alba Iulia, Romania)
Professor Ecaterina Popa (Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
Dr Teodora Popescu (Alba Iulia, Romania)
Professor Itesh Sachdev (London, UK)
Professor Hanne Skaaden (Oslo, Norway)
Dr Alcina Sousa (Funchal-Madeira, Portugal)

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понедельник, 11 апреля 2011 г.

The Mediation of Security

The Mediation of Security: An international conference
De Montfort University (Leicester, UK)

Organised by the *Media Discourse Group* at De Montfort University, this one-day conference will examine the various ways in which security is described in the media, with particular reference to the stories promoted by news organisations when they attempt to support or undermine the various propositions made to the public about security and the 'terror threat'.

Our keynote speakers are Professor Lilie Chouliaraki (London School of Economics), Professor Mark Neocleous (Brunel University) and Dr Zahera Harb (University of Nottingham).

There is an Early Bird rate of £55 (full price) and £25 (students/unwaged) for those registering by 23 April 2011. Please visit www.dmu.ac.uk/mos to register for this event.

contact person: Ruth Sanz
email: rsanzs@dmu.ac.uk; media.discourse@dmu.ac.uk

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среда, 6 апреля 2011 г.

Media and media practices in minority and competitive contexts: From local to global

Media and media practices in minority and competitive contexts: From local to global
University of Alberta - Edmonton - Canada

Few studies have been conducted on the topic of media in minority context. However, in today's plurilingual and multicultural societies, their role in the functioning of democracy and in the construction of minorities' cultural identities is crucial. These media are both channels of communication and gathering places or common areas for communities. By connecting individuals who share the same language, these media reinforce solidarity within minority groups as well as their cultural identity, both at the local and global levels. In order to maintain their existence, minority media must also position themselves vis-àvis the media of the majority to which their audiences also have access.

Conceived as a space for exchange between practitioners and researchers in social sciences, humanities and modern languages, this colloquium seeks to reflect on the role of media in minority contexts from various perspectives and with a comparative angle. The selection committee solicits proposals on any question related to the issue of media in minority contexts, and in particular in relation with questions of: cultural representations (identity, art, translation), democracy (multiculturalism, ethics, media status), networks (national, transnational), professional practice (journalism, technology), language policy and language use. We encourage submissions dealing with different media: television, radio, specialized and general press [newspapers and magazines], posters, internet, etc. We strongly encourage media professionals to participate. Working language will be English and French. Proposals can be submitted in either of these two languages. Selected proceedings of the conference will be published.

institution: Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies (MLCS)
University of Alberta
Le Centre d'histoire culturelle des sociétés contemporaines (CHCSC)
Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
email: minority.media.conf@gmail.com

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