[lg policy] CFP Governing Languages

Selma K. Sonntag Selma.Sonntag at HUMBOLDT.EDU
Sun Jul 22 18:29:05 UTC 2012

 Call for Proposals

“Governing Languages”

Thematic Section No. 14

Congrès AFSP Paris 2013

12th Congress of the AFSP (Association Française de Science Politique)

Paris, 9-11 July 2013

Abstract/Proposal Deadline: October 15, 2012

Character Limit: 1500 (including spaces)

Language: French and/or English

Submit to: Selma K. Sonntag (Selma.Sonntag at humboldt.edu) and Nuria Garcia (
nuria.garcia at sciences-po.org)

We invite paper proposals for a thematic section on “Governing Languages”
at the AFSP Congress in Paris on July 9-11, 2013.  The theme of “Governing
Languages” seeks to overcome the dichotomy between instrumental and
symbolic approaches to the study of language by linking language politics
and policies to broader questions of political science.  We therefore are
soliciting papers that address the concept and practice of governing
languages in contemporary, complex democratic societies from a comparative
perspective in order to further develop a body of research and reflection
on governing languages.

Accepted papers addressing the general theme of governing languages will be
grouped into two sessions at the AFSP Congress in Paris in July 2013:

The first session will focus on language policies. In the context of
defining and delimiting language policies, questions to be addressed will
include: How are language policies differentiated from other public
policies? Are they differentiated by specific instruments and goals? Are
there different types of language policies and how are these differences

The second session will focus on language politics. More specifically, we
are interested in papers that address the relationship between governing
languages and other modalities of governing such as citizenship regimes.
Are language politics reflective of a given model of citizenship? How do
language politics represent, define and delimit the civic community? How is
the nature of citizenship affected by the governing of languages?

In engaging in this collective reflection and research on language policies
and politics, we will privilege those contributions with a comparative
dimension and which attempt to relate empirical case studies to more
general questions on the governing of languages. We also encourage a
diversity of approaches in terms of types of cases, scale of analysis
(e.g., national, regional, supernational), and methodology and sources.

Accepted papers may be presented in French or English.
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