[lg policy] calls: New Francophonies and Colonial Languages

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jul 2 15:07:58 UTC 2010

New Francophonies and Colonial Languages
Short Title: NFCL

Date: 07-Apr-2011 - 09-Apr-2011
Location: Urbana, IL, USA
Contact Person: Zsuzsanna Fagyal
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.french.uiuc.edu/conferences/francophonies/index.htm

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): French

Meeting Description:

New Francophonies and Colonial Languages in a Global World
Nouvelles francophonies et langues coloniales dans un monde global

April 7-9, 2011
Department of French
School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Keynote speakers:
Professor Emeritus Albert Valdman, Indiana University
Professor Sylvie Dubois, Louisiana State University
Professor Françoise Lionnet, University of California Los Angeles

Languages: English and French

Organizers: Adlai Murdoch and Zsuzsanna Fagyal, University of Illinois at

The term ‘francophonie’ implies both language and literature produced in
historical times and places. This interdisciplinary conference grows out of an
interest in borders, boundaries, points of interface, and mixing between
languages and communities, as well as genres, disciplines, and paradigms. It
will consider ways in which French and other former colonial language
communities imagine themselves through culture, where we understand culture as
a means of expressing identity in and through spoken and written discourse,
literature, drama, and music. Participants are encouraged to bridge
disciplinary boundaries in order to find fresh entries into questions such as:

- How many francophonies are there, and in what ways do they articulate
themselves in different places?
- To what extent are there geographical and historical links between spaces of
speaking and writing and those of representation, and how (if at all) they
influence each other?
- What is the importance of linguistic in-betweens and cultural hybridity
(vehicular languages, code-switching) in a global French context?
- What importance should be accorded to France’s colonial presence and
continuing influence in many of communities?
- What are the benefits and limitations of holding an official policy towards
language, and how does actual usage test the boundaries of such official
policies over time?
- What are the benefits and limitations of academic standards, practices and
policies with regard to language divisions, and how will these issues shape the
future of graduate studies?

Call for Papers
New Francophonies and Colonial Languages in a Global World
Nouvelles francophonies et langues coloniales dans un monde global

Deadline for submission of abstracts: October 15, 2010

Papers may be given in English or in French. Submissions should be sent
electronically in either of the two languages both as text (in the body of the
email) and as MSWord attachment to the following e-mail address:

Presentations selected for the conference will be considered for publication in
one or more edited volumes and/or journal special issues.

All submissions must contain the following information:
- Name
- Affiliation
- E-mail address
- Mailing address, phone and fax number
- Title of proposed paper
- Brief description of same (max. 500 words, without title and references)

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