[lg policy] FEL Conference Call: Globalisation, Technology and New Media - Auckland NZ

Nicholas Ostler nicholas at OSTLER.NET
Wed Apr 4 15:42:42 UTC 2012


12 – 15 September 2012 AUT University Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand


The XVI Conference of the Foundation for Endangered Languages will take 
place from 12th to the 15th September, 2012 in Auckland, Aotearoa/New 
Zealand. It is co-sponsored by the Auckland University of Technology and 
Te Ipukarea, the National Ma-ori Institute.


Since the beginning of the millennium unprecedented substantial social 
changes have been taking place across the world driven by technology, 
new media and social media networking. The global diffusion of ideas and 
values linked to globalisation has become synonymous with the weakening 
of historical and traditional linguistic ties and their replacement by 
loose connections to consumerism and capitalism. Old traditions perish 
and new ones evolve. In this world, everything is becoming increasingly 
‘mediatised’, with the Web allowing all of us to be publishers and 
social media enabling everyone to be agents of public communication; 
from phone to Facebook and from SMS text to Twitter. What was once the 
language of private sphere is now more and more very likely to take 
place in a more public one e.g. the Facebook/Bebo arena, in an exchange 
of written messages as we perform our relationships with each other in 
front of a perceived audience. The private, intimate, oral domains that 
have traditionally been the base of endangered languages in the face of 
hostility in the public sphere are being opened up to more public modes 
of communication with literacy as an important currency.

We need to ask:

·What will the linguistic impact of this shift towards the 
‘mediatisation’ of intimate conversation eventually be on endangered 

·Will we see new patterns of ‘digital diglossia’, leading to a decline 
in the previously private domains where it used to be ‘safe’, 
‘acceptable’, ‘not controversial’, ‘natural’ to use the minority and 
endangered languages?

·How do technology and new media impact on endangered languages?

However, globalisation can also be seen as a necessary step in the 
evolution of mankind, bearing the potential for growth, preservation of 
identity, fostering interdependence and forging new cultural hybrids.

Or, to view globalisation positively, can technology and new media act 
as positive and transformative catalysts in safeguarding endangered 

Over the years, technology from the tape recorder to digital archiving 
has become increasingly useful and has been universally deployed in 
documentation of endangered languages. What are the new possibilities in 
the 21st century?

·How can technology and new media be exploited in the following:

o the teaching and learning of endangered languages?
o material development?
o the creation of new opportunities for endangered languages?

o the creation of new spaces for endangered languages?

·How have the mass media (as radio, television), and new media (as 
mobile phones, the internet) affected the image of endangered languages, 
or given them new voices?

·What potential do the creative industries have for endangered languages?

Important dates:

23 April 2012

Abstract submission deadline

Abstracts (no more than 250-words) to be sent in English as a MS word 
document (.doc). Please include up to FIVE keywords or phrases, author 
names, affiliation, postal address and telephone number of leading author

14 May 2012

Notification of acceptance or rejection of paper Registration opens

You can register and pay online using Mastercard or Visa

01 July 2012

Full papers due

In case of acceptance, the full paper will be due.
Note: It is a condition of speaking at the conference that authors 
submit a digital copy of their paper by the deadline in MS Word. Further 
details on the format of text will be specified to the authors.

12 – 14 September


15 September

Cultural Excursion – pending registrations

Important addresses:

All abstracts and papers should be emailed as attachments to all of 
these addresses: Conference Co-Chairs –

tkaai at aut.ac.nz (Tania Ka’ai),molaoire at aut.ac.nz(Muiris O’Laoire)

FEL Conference Secretary –

hywel.lewis at hotmail.co.uk(Hywel Glyn Lewis )

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