CFP: Mediating Multilingualism: Meanings and Modalities

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at
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Mediating Multilingualism: Meanings and Modalities

University of Jyväskylä, Finland
June 2-5, 2008

Invited speakers:

- Jan Blommaert (University of London / University of Jyväskylä)
- Diane Mavers (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 with in work, education, institutions, leisure time and media uses,
for example. In 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,
sustaining, but also mobilizing and reorganizing language user
identities, relationships and possibilities for action and the relative
values of languages. Multilingualism 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 a 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 this end, the conference aims at
bringing together researchers, students, teachers and other
practitioners who share an interest in exploring the interface between
mediation and multilingualism as a particular linguistic, social,
cultural and 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
Summer School of Applied Language Studies. It will consist of invited
keynote lectures, workshops and paper sessions. The topics of the
keynote lectures and workshops 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 working language of the conference is English.
Individual papers and posters can be presented in other languages, but
no interpretation services are automatically provided by conference
organization. Young scholars are encouraged to contribute; five
postgraduate students from non-EU countries will be excused fthe 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' on the conference website<>.
The deadline
for submissions is January 15, 2008. All submissions will be reviewed;
notification 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)


Harold F. Schiffman

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at

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