25.3410, Calls: Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis/UK

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Subject: 25.3410, Calls: Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis/UK

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Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:59:35
From: Maria Dasli [ceres at ed.ac.uk]
Subject: CERES International Conference: The Stubborn Persistence of Racism

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Full Title: CERES International Conference: The Stubborn Persistence of Racism 
Short Title: CERES 

Date: 24-Jun-2015 - 26-Jun-2015
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, United Kingdom 
Contact Person: Maria Dasli
Meeting Email: ceres at ed.ac.uk
Web Site: http://www.ceres.education.ed.ac.uk 

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics 

Call Deadline: 03-Nov-2014 

Meeting Description:

The 2015 CERES International Conference, ‘The stubborn persistence of racism: confronting racial inequality through education and action,’ will take place in Edinburgh on 24-26 June 2015.

This international conference aims to confront racial inequality through education and action. It starts from the premise that racism is on the increase in almost all liberal democracies and that minorities have less access to housing, employment, education and positions of power.

For information on the conference, including dates, venue, confirmed keynote speakers and themes, see the conference website:


Call for Papers:

We invite papers that can be grouped under the following streams:

Stream 1:  Race in Higher Education

Universities have the potential to be important spaces for critical debates about a range of topics that affect us locally and globally. However, the ability for universities to be at the forefront of pioneering discussions is undermined by the persistent underrepresentation of minority groups, women, people with disabilities and LGBT groups in leadership and professorial positions. The lack of diversity in university leadership is mirrored by the absence of diversity in student populations in particular disciplines and, most strikingly, at elite universities. This stream welcomes contributions about the place of race and other categories of difference within academia. We particularly welcome contributions that link the theme of race with the current internationsation agenda.

Stream 2: Teachers, Schools, and the Future of Anti-Racist Education 

Schools can be important sites for children and young people to critically encounter social justice ideas and practices. However, with policy trends emphasizing the marketisation of education and competition between schools through exam results, social justice in general and anti-racist education in particular are being increasingly marginalised. This stream welcomes papers examining ways in which teachers, school leaders and pupils are pushing the boundaries to preserve and extend anti-racist education in schools and classrooms.  

Stream 3: Organising and Mobilising for Social Justice 

In the current context of austerity and welfare retrenchment, we are witnessing a backlash against multiculturalism and an increase in popular support for populist, far right and illiberal political parties, groups and causes. This stream welcomes traditional academic papers, activist narratives and project reports documenting and critically analysing grassroots, national and/or international actions for anti-racism and social justice.  We particularly encourage contributions focusing on the dilemmas of solidarity work and coalition building in these uncertain times. 

Stream 4: Contemporary Racist Discourse

The social taboos against the free expression of racist sentiments have led to the development of discursive strategies or 'ways of talking' that enable majorities to present negative views about minority out-groups, whilst avoiding the damaging charge of being prejudiced. This stream welcomes papers that report samples of majority talk found in parliamentary debates, election campaigns and the media, as well as in everyday conversation and interpersonal communication in order to explore how racism is expressed through a more subtle and covert rhetoric. 

Abstract Submission:

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be emailed to ceres at ed.ac.uk by Monday, 3 November 2014. When sending the abstract please state the title of proposed paper, author(s') name(s), affiliation, full contact details and specify for which stream you would like your abstract considered. You will be informed by Monday, 1 December 2014 whether your paper has been selected for the conference.

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