Borders and Identities Conference 2010: Jan 2010, Newcastle, UK

Damien Hall djh514 at
Fri May 15 12:18:58 UTC 2009

Forwarded from LINGUIST, with apologies for cross-postings. I encourage you 
to submit and come, since I am part of the organising team! Linguists, 
political and social geographers, and people in other allied disciplnes are 

Best wishes



Message 1: Borders and Identities Conference 2010  
Date: 13-May-2009 
From: Dominic Watt <dw539 at>
Subject: Borders and Identities Conference 2010

Full Title: Borders and Identities Conference 2010 
Short Title: BIC2010 

Date: 08-Jan-2010 - 09-Jan-2010 
Location: York, United Kingdom 
Contact Person: Dominic Watt
Meeting Email: < click here to access email > 
Web Site: 

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Jul-2009 

Meeting Description:

While research on borderlands is well-established in the social sciences, 
it is only within recent years that interest in such regions as sites of 
particular relevance has taken hold within the fields of sociolinguistics 
and the sociology of language. Findings from studies on the relationships 
between and interdependence of language, borders and identities are of 
great value for many other disciplines within the social sciences - 
anthropology, human geography, and political science, among others. In the 
same way, the insights from social scientific research in border areas 
provide sociolinguists with challenging new theoretical frameworks within 
which to situate empirical evidence revealing the exact nature of the role 
language plays in identity-making and -marking in sites where identity is 
fluid, complex and emergent in social interaction.

The Borders and Identities Conference (BIC2010) has two aims: 1) to 
demonstrate our current state of knowledge in this fast-developing area of 
sociolinguistic inquiry, and 2) to provide an interdisciplinary perspective 
in order that the results of recent sociolinguistic studies on the topic 
can be contextualised in broader social scientific discourse. Our principal 
objective in organising the meeting is to foster new collaborative research 
initiatives by bringing together scholars in allied disciplines, with a 
view to extending and refining our understanding of the language-identity 
nexus in regions where in-group and out- group categorisations may be 
problematic, or at least more salient than elsewhere.

Keynote Addresses: 

Dave Britain (Essex) 'Where North meets South?: Contact, Divergence, and 
the Routinisation of the Fenland Dialect Boundary' Nik Coupland (Cardiff) 
'Where does Welsh Begin and End? Ideological Boundary Disputes in the 
Revitalisation of a Minority Language' Danny Dorling (Sheffield) 'If Lions 
Could Talk: Mapping over the Borders'

Call for Papers 

The BIC2010 organising committee welcomes abstracts for oral and poster 
presentations on the theme of identity construction in borderland areas. 
Papers need not have a principally linguistic focus.

Abstracts should not exceed 400 words in length, including references. 
Please submit anonymised abstract(s)- in .rtf and PDF format - by e-mail to no later than 1st July 2009. Include your name and 
affiliation, and those of any co-authors, in the accompanying e-mail. 
Please also state whether you wish your paper to be considered for an oral 
presentation or a poster if you have any preference.

Oral presentations 

Papers will be allotted 30 minutes in total (20 mins for paper, 10 mins for 

Poster presentations 

Posters may be up to A0 size (841 × 1189mm), and should be prepared in 
portrait format.

Damien Hall

University of York
Department of Language and Linguistic Science
YO10 5DD

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