26.1983, Calls: Discourse Analysis Sociolinguistics/UK

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Subject: 26.1983, Calls: Discourse Analysis Sociolinguistics/UK

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Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:15:41
From: Maria Dasli [maria.dasli at ed.ac.uk]
Subject: CERES International Conference: The Stubborn Persistence of Racism

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

Date: 24-Jun-2015 - 26-Jun-2015
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland, 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: 27-May-2015 

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:


2nd Call for Papers:

This is the final conference call for papers - The stubborn persistence of
racism: confronting racial inequality through education and action.

The conference has 4 streams as below for papers: 

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

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 ceresed.ac.uk by 27
May, 2015. 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

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