[lg policy] calls: Hot and Cold Ethnicities in Post-Soviet Space

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Hot and Cold Ethnicities in Post-Soviet Space

Full Title: Hot and Cold Ethnicities in Post-Soviet Space
Short Title: HCE

Date: 28-Oct-2011 - 29-Oct-2011
Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Contact Person: Anastassia Zabrodskaja
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2011

Meeting Description:

The sustainability of ethnic groups and communities depends, to a
large extent, on their ability to act as distinctive collective
entities in intergroup settings, and this is called ethno-linguistic
vitality (Giles et al. 1977: 308; see also Ehala 2010a, 2010b). This
property is related to the strength of the identification with the
ethnic group, which ‘appears to be the key aspect of social identity
which drives the tendency for people to behave in terms of their group
membership’, according to Ellemers et al. (1999: 386). Based on the
strength of the emotional attachment of members to their group,
ethnicities can be categorized into two prototypes: ‘hot’ and ‘cold’
(Ehala 2011). A ‘hot’ ethnic group is one whose members have a high
emotional attachment to their group. ‘Cold’ ethnic groups are those
whose members’ emotional attachment to the group is low, absent or

It is hypothesised that for ethnicities of equal size, groups that are
hot are more vital and sustainable than cold ones. An excellent
opportunity to test this hypothesis is provided by the post-Soviet
space. The collapse of the Soviet Union has created a number of
Russian-speaking minority communities in newly independent states; the
ethnic processes have intensified in post-Soviet Russia, too. The
shared historical experience makes these groups very comparable,
although they also have important differences. Both similarities and
differences make it interesting to examine the phenomenon of ethnic
temperature as the key factor in group vitality, as well as the
processes of ‘temperature change’ and their effects on social
relations in respective societies. The workshop will synthesise
existing insights and offer proposals for further analysis.

Call for Papers:

Important Details:
-The deadline for abstracts (not more than 500 words; do not forget to
include your name, university affiliation and contact details) is 30
April 2011. The abstracts should be sent as e-mail attachments (.rtf
or .doc formats) to the email address anastassia.zabrodskajagmail.com
-Notification will be sent out before 31 May 2011. The selection of
abstracts will be made by anonymous peer reviewers.
-The first version of the paper should be submitted by 31 September 2011.
-The final version of the paper should be submitted by 31 December 2011.


Ehala, Martin 2010a. Ethnolinguistic vitality and intergroup
processes. Multilingua 29 (2), 203- 221.
Ehala, Martin 2010b. Refining the notion of ethnolinguistic vitality.
International Journal of Multilingualism, 1–16.
Ehala, Martin 2011. Hot and cold ethnicities: modes of ethnolinguistic
vitality. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development x(y):
Ellemers, Naomi, Kortekaas, Paulien and Jaap W. Ouwerkerk 1999.
Self-categorisation, commitment to the group and group self-esteem as
related but distinct aspects of social identity. European Journal of
Social Psychology, 29, 371–389.
Giles, Howard, Richard Y. Bourhis, and Donald M. Taylor.1977. Towards
a theory of language in ethnic group relations. In Language, ethnicity
and intergroup relations, ed. by Howard Giles, (pp. 307–348). London:
Academic Press.


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