29.3000, Calls: Anthropological Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics/China

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Subject: 29.3000, Calls: Anthropological Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics/China

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Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2018 17:27:59
From: Concha Maria Höfler [concha.m.hofler at durham.ac.uk]
Subject: Dealing with Marginality: Categories and Positioning in Interaction

Full Title: Dealing with Marginality: Categories and Positioning in Dealing with Marginality: Categories and Positioning in Interaction 

Date: 09-Jun-2019 - 14-Jun-2019
Location: Hong Kong, China 
Contact Person: Concha Maria Höfler
Meeting Email: concha.m.hofler at durham.ac.uk

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics 

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2018 

Meeting Description:

The question of marginality is more often than not conceptualized as one of
(hegemonic) social and spatial exclusion (Leimgruber 2004; Weisberger 1992,
Sassen 2016): individuals and/or perceived groups are marginalized by a
societal majority and in the process they are portrayed as both voiceless and
without agency. 

The main aim of this panel is to complicate this notion by focusing on the
interactional negotiation of “marginalization”. Taking a closer look at
putatively marginalized “groups” often reveals a heterogeneity in negotiating
local social categories of marginalization and positionings that is all too
easily masked by terms like marginality or exclusion. This interaction-based
perspective will enable a deeper understanding of how the so called
“marginalized” organize and work with categories of exclusion and
disadvantage. It will also ensure that individuals’ voice and agency are taken
seriously rather than portraying „the marginalized“ as objects of suffering
and receivers of “help” (Bauman 2002). 


Concha M. Höfler, Durham University, UK (concha.m.hofler(at)durham.ac.uk)
Maria Klessmann, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt O.,Germany
Rita T. Vallentin, European University Viadrina Frankfurt O.,Germany

Call for Papers:

The panel seeks to discuss research focusing on the negotiated, processual,
contingent quality of interactions, rather than an alleged stability of groups
and identities. Broadly speaking, we invite contributions that examine the
tensions and dynamics between categories and positions that are established as
dichotomous, such as marginalized/integrated, in/out (social),
center/periphery (spatial), before or after historical turning points
(temporal). Of special interest is research probing the heterogeneity and
potential tensions arising from different positionings in “marginalized”

Methodologically, we are especially interested in contributions from
(ethnographically informed) conversation analysis (Deppermann 2000) and finely
grained linguistic discourse analysis (Spitzmüller, Warnke 2011) that explore
the categorizations established by members of the so-called marginalized
groups, their organization and emergence within social interaction and the
effects produced by either clearly drawn boundaries or fuzzy in-between-ness
(c.f. Jungbluth, Rosenberg, Zinkhahn Rhobodes 2015). 

The panel conveners themselves are most experienced in researching the
pragmatics of ethno-cultural marginalization, but do not want to restrict
discussion to this sphere. We therefore invite contributions that help us to
complicate the seemingly straightforward picture of hegemony and
marginalization and foster an interaction-centered view on dealing with these.

Please upload your proposal by 15 October 2018 following the IPrA guidelines:


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