Conference: Mediating Multilingualism: Meanings and Modalities conference

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Mediating Multilingualism: Meanings and Modalities

Date: 02-Jun-2008 - 05-Jun-2008
Location: Jyväskylä, Finland
Contact Person: Päivi Pahta
Meeting Email: multilingualism(AT)
Web Site:

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2008

University of Jyväskylä, Finland
June 2-5, 2008

Mediating Multilingualism: Meanings and Modalities

University of Jyväskylä, Finland
June 2-5, 2008

Invited speakers:

- Jan Blommaert (University of London / University of Jyväskylä)
- Diane Maevers (University of London)
- Ben Rampton (University of London)
- Steven Thorne (Pennsylvania State University)
- Crispin Thurlow (University of Washington)

Deadline for abstracts: January 15, 2008
Guidelines for submission:

Description of the conference:

In today's globalized world of mobilities and flows, multilingualism is
increasingly an everyday phenomenon that people encounter and have to cope
in work, education, institutions, leisure time and media uses, for example.
these various contexts, multilingualism can be mediated
not only by languages, but also by a range of other semiotic means such as
genres, discourses, styles, embodied action and visuality.

At the same time multilingualism is a mediational system in itself,
but also mobilizing and reorganizing language user identities, relationships
possibilities for action and the relative values of languages.
can thus have repercussions in terms of what resources and possibilities
individuals and groups have to agency and participation.

The conference on Mediating Multilingualism approaches mediation and
multilingualism from this double perspective: in its focus are the different

ways and means for mediating multilingualism, as well as multilingualism as
mediational system. The aim is to shed light on the complexities of this
relationship and to develop new ways of investigating and understanding the
roles, meanings and modalities of mediation in multilingual settings. To
end, the conference aims at bringing together researchers, students,
and other practitioners who share an interest in exploring the interface
mediation and multilingualism as a particular linguistic, social, cultural
ideological contact zone where the meanings of languages, identities and
relationships are reassessed and renegotiated.

The conference is organized at the University of Jyväskylä as the 26th
School of Applied Language Studies. It will consist of invited keynote
workshops and paper sessions. The topics of the keynote lectures and
will be announced later.

Call for Papers

Submissions are solicited for 20-min. papers and posters relating to the
conference theme. Studies on any languages and disciplinary takes (e.g.
sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, discourse studies, pragmatics,
ethnography, and language learning and teaching) are welcome. The main
language of the conference is English. Individual papers and posters can be
presented in other languages, but no interpretation services are
provided by conference organization. Young scholars are encouraged to
contribute; five postgraduate students from non-EU countries will be excused

from paying the conference fee (applications to be included in the online
registration form, to appear on the conference website).

Abstracts in English (max. 300 words) should be submitted via 'submission'
the conference website The deadline for
submissions is January 15, 2008. All submissions will be reviewed;
of acceptance March 15, 2008.

For further information, see the website:

The Organizing Committee

Sirpa Leppänen, Päivi Pahta, Hannele Dufva, Sari Pietikäinen, Tarja
Nikula, Sirkka Laihiala-Kankainen, Samu Kytölä, Marianne Toriseva, Tiina
Virkkula, Satu Julin, Eeva Riipinen

Contact: multilingualism(AT)

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