CALL FOR PAPERS: Language in the (New) Media conference, Sept 2009

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at
Tue Dec 9 12:57:32 UTC 2008

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International Conference

Language in the (New) Media: Technologies and Ideologies

Thursday 03 to Sunday 06 September 2009
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

Interactive announcement (with links):

**Keynote speakers**

•       Naomi Baron, American University, USA
•       Sally Johnson, University of Leeds, England
•       Jannis Androutsopoulos, Kings College London, England
•       Theo van Leeuwen, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

This is the third in a series of conferences organized around the role of
the media in relation to the representation, construction and/or production
of language. The first two conferences were held at Leeds University,
England: in 2005, Language in the Media: Representations, Identities,
Ideologies, and, in 2007, Language Ideologies and Media Discourse: Texts,
Practices, Policies. In 2009, the conference will be leaving Leeds and
coming to Seattle.

**Conference theme**
We invite you to submit abstracts for papers which explore the
representation, construction and/or production of language through the
technologies and ideologies of new media - the digital discourse of blogs,
wikis, texting, instant messaging, internet art, video games, virtual
worlds, websites, emails, podcasting, hypertext fiction, graphical user
interfaces, and so on. Of equal interest are the ways that new media
language is metalinguistically represented, constructed and/or produced in
print and broadcast media such as newspapers and television (see below).

With this new media theme in mind, the 2009 conference will continue to
prioritize papers which address the scope of the AILA Research Network on
Language in the Media by examining the following types of contexts/issues:

•       standard languages and language standards;
•       literacy policy and literacy practices;
•       language acquisition;
•       multilingualism and cross-/inter-cultural communication;
•       language and communication in professional contexts;
•       language & class, dis/ability, race/ethnicity, gender/sexuality and
•       media representations of speech, thought and writing;
•       language and education;
•       political discourse;
•       language, commerce and global capitalism.

**Abstract submission**
Please submit abstracts for papers (20 minutes plus 10 for discussion) by
email to lim2009 at no later than Thursday 26 February 2009.
Abstracts should include a title, your contact details (name, mailing
address, email) and a description of your paper (250 -350 words). The
conference committee will begin reviewing abstract submissions immediately
after the deadline; notification of acceptance will be Thursday 19 March.
(Please send your abstract as a Word document or in the body of your email.)

**Program and registration**
In order to help your early planning for the conference, we have already
finalized the basic program structure for the conference a copy of which can
be downloaded from the conference webpage (see above). This outline shows
the start and finish times of the conference, the main social events
(reception, BBQ and conference dinner), as well as lunches and coffee
breaks. The conference planning committee is also arranging an optional
program of tours and activities for Sunday 06 September. A business meeting
for the AILA Network will also be scheduled for the Sunday morning.

Official conference registration will begin on Thursday 19 March, with early
registration ending Thursday 21 May. The final deadline for presenter
registration will be Thursday 23 July in order to be included in the final
program. Registrations after 23 July will be charged an additional late
registration fee of $25.00.

**Conference registration**
The Language in the (New) Media conference is planned as a not-for profit
event. Your registration fee will cover the main operating expenses as well
as scheduled buffet-style  lunches, coffee breaks, the conference dinner, a
reception on the first night and a BBQ on the second night. Wine and soft
drinks are also included for the evening gatherings.

Early registration – until 21 May       $350
Early registration (full-time students) $300
Registration – until 23 July            $380
Registration (full-time students)       $330
Day rate registration (accepted until 20 August) $150

In addition to a number of good local hotels near to campus, the University
of Washington offers pleasant, affordable accommodation.

Double room (3 nights, 3-6 Sep, with breakfast) $156 p/p
Single room (3 nights, 3-6 Sep, with breakfast) $222 p/p
Additional night (e.g. 02 or 06 Sep, double room) $46 p/p
Additional night (e.g. 02 or 06 Sep, single room) $68 p/p

The conference organizers can also make recommendations for hotels in and
around the University District. More information will be available in due

Conference co-organizer Crispin Thurlow is planning to edit a volume
provisionally titled "Language in the New Media: Technologies and
Ideologies" and is in discussion with the editors of the Oxford University
Press' series Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics. His goal would be to
publish this volume in 2011. To this end, Crispin would like to receive good
quality, previously unpublished chapters which may or may not be based on
papers presented at the conference. Contributions should be of no more than
7,000 words in length and should conform to APA format, please. More
information about the scope of this volume will be made available nearer to
the conference; in the meantime, the anticipated deadline for submission of
chapters for review will be 31 January 2010.

The conference is co-hosted by the University of Washington, Seattle, USA
and the University of Leeds, England, UK. Organizers are Crispin Thurlow,
Kristine Mroczek and Jamie Moshin, Department of Communication, University
of Washington, Box 353740, Seattle, WA 98195, USA. Please direct any queries
to the organizers at lim2009 at


Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

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

Email:  haroldfs at

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