Calls: European Minorities in Cross-Disciplinary Perspective

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Tue Feb 17 18:35:33 UTC 2009

European Minorities in Cross-Disciplinary Perspective
Short Title: EM

Date: 26-Jun-2009 - 26-Jun-2009
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Filippo Nereo
Meeting Email:
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Apr-2009

Meeting Description:

The Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (JMCE) has recently
been awarded
Arts and Humanities Research Council funds to intensify its PhD training
provision. As part of its commitment to postgraduate learning and training, the
Centre is organising on 26 June 2009 a PhD conference on the topic of European
Minorities in Cross-Disciplinary Perspective.

Call for Papers

PhD Conference on European Minorities in Cross-Disciplinary Perspective

PhD students researching European minority groups from any disciplinary angle
(e.g. linguistics, law, history, education, cultural studies) are invited to
submit an abstract for the conference. Students from JMCE-affiliated
universities are particularly encouraged to submit an abstract. Questions to be
addressed at the conference could include (but are not limited to):
- What role have minority languages played in state-building?
- What legal provisions are there for minorities and what changes are being
lobbied, why, and by whom?
- How do minority-related issues hamper progress in countries with aspirations
to join the EU (cf. Kurds in Turkey)?
- How do we address issues related to 'transnational minorities' such as Roma,
and what educational and legal provisions are there, or are there planned, for
these linguistic minority groups?
- What support for, and resistance to, linguistic minorities is there within
European space and why?
- What transformations are anticipated in the field for the second
decade of the
20th century?

A number of high-profile guest speakers will give plenary talks including
Professor Patrick Stevenson (Southampton) and Professor Dieter Halwachs (Graz).

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