23.1893, Calls: Sociolinguistics/Italy

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Subject: 23.1893, Calls: Sociolinguistics/Italy

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Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2012 12:08:27
From: Sara Vecchiato [sara.vecchiato at uniud.it]
Subject: Plurilingualism & Labour Market, Quality Communication

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Full Title: Plurilingualism & Labour Market, Quality Communication 
Short Title: P&LM 

Date: 25-Oct-2012 - 26-Oct-2012
Location: Udine, Italy 
Contact Person: Sara Vecchiato
Meeting Email: sara.vecchiato at uniud.it
Web Site: http://plurilingualismlabourmarketudine.wordpress.com/ 

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics 

Call Deadline: 15-Jun-2012 

Meeting Description:

The two-day conference is organized by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the International Centre for the Study of Plurilingualism of the University of Udine, Italy, in cooperation with Do.Ri.F.-University, and is part of a series of initiatives organized by Do.Ri.F on the broad theme of plurilingualism in the labour market.

Like pluriculturalism, plurilingualism in the labour market has often been analyzed as a cause of misunderstanding and management difficulties, opening the way to the discipline of 'intercultural management'. However, plurilingualism is also studied as a personal and professional resource for the European citizen (see the recent conference 'Multilingual Competences for Professional and Social Success in Europe' organized in Warsaw in September 2011, by the presidency of the European Council).

Plurilingual practices involve several professionals in guaranteeing an optimal quality of communication among company members, and between the company and its clients. On the one hand, as a result of international migration, significant demographic changes are altering the structure of the Italian population, notably in the North-East (see the Italian National Institute for Statistics ISTAT demographic indicators, 2010 and 2011). On the other hand, it is one of the most significant features of globalization today, that business internationalization compels communication with more and more counterparts abroad. The emergence of 'global English' or 'Globish' is one of the possible answers to these communicative needs, and its use can intersect local languages. Linguistic and cultural perspectives in the workplace are particularly challenging where communication and cooperation are crucial, in activities such as human resources management, safety and security management, and communication with customers. Effective communication in multilingual and multicultural contexts is of paramount importance in emergency situations, for example in healthcare settings. 

Call for Papers:

New research and innovative papers are solicited on, but not limited to, thefollowing topics:

- Terminological needs and solutions for plurilingual communication in the workplace
- Opportunities and challenges in plurilingual human resource management
- Difficulties and proposals for the quality of communication between companies and users

Important Deadlines:

Deadline for submission: 15 June 2012
Notification of acceptance: 15 July 2012
Conference: 25 and 26 October 2012

Submission Guidelines:

Please send an anonymous abstract as an email attachment to sonia.gerolimich at uniud.it and sara.vecchiato at uniud.it. The abstract should outline the topic, the theoretical and methodological framework and the findings. Except for the title and the references, it should not exceed 600 words. Be sure to provide complete contact information in the body of your email (first name, last name, institution, email address). Submissions will be reviewed anonymously by an international scientific committee. Every abstract will be submitted to two anonymous reviewers, with some exceptions (too long, too short or inappropriate abstract). The languages of the Conference are Italian, French and English. A selection of papers presented during the conference will be published in an edited volume.


Sonia Gerolimich, Sara Vecchiato (U. Udine)

Scientific Committee:

Marcel Burger (U. Lausanne), Sergio Cappello (U. Udine), Nadine Celotti (U. Trieste), Marina Chini (U. Pavia), Lucija Cok (U. Primorska), Michele De Gioia (U. Padova), June Eyckmans (Erasmushogeschool Brussel), Alexandre Duchêne (U. Freiburg), Enrica Galazzi (U. Cattolica del Sacro Cuore), Marie-Christine Jullion (U. Milano), Amr Ibrahim (U. Franche-Comté), Danielle Londei (U. Bologna), Carla Marcato (U. Udine), Claire Martinot (U. Paris Descartes), Eugene McKendry (Queen's University Belfast), Rémy Porquier (U. Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense), Silvana Schiavi Fachin (U. Udine), Miquel-Jordi Strubell Trueta (U. Oberta de Catalunya), Patrick Studer (U. Zürich), Glyn Williams (Bangor U.), Giorgio Ziffer (U. Udine).

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