[lg policy] Fwd: Deadline Extended: Call for papers: Language and Super-diversity Conference

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 2 21:43:06 UTC 2012

Forwarded From:  <lpren at caltalk.cal.org>
Date: Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Deadline Extended: Call for papers: Language and Super-diversity Conference

AILA Research Network on Language Policy


Call for papers for a panel sponsored by the Language Policy Research
Network (LPReN)

Language and Super-diversity Conference

University of Jyväskylä, Finland, June 5-7, 2013


Language policy in contexts of superdiversity: Policing, protecting,
and/or planning diversity?

What is the relationship of trends in superdiverse language use and
language policy or management?  This panel seeks to raise questions
and share examples of language policy and planning in relation to
superdiverse language communities, as well as the diversity of agents
who may influence language politics in any given place.  Language
planning was initially viewed as an antidote to diversity or
heterogeneity, in the form of government-determined  norms for "the
guidance of writers and speakers in a non-homogeneous speech
community" (Haugen 1959, p. 8), being implemented at the level of
Nation-States (cf. Dasgupta, Ferguson & Fishman 1968).  Subsequent
research has increasingly viewed language policy and planning through
interactive and discursive lenses, recognizing power and inequality in
the development and implementation of policies (cf. Tollefson 1995;
Ricento 2000; Shohamy 2006).  No longer fixated on the nation-state as
a unit of analysis, language policy research occurs across local,
national, and transnational contexts, and considers the agency of
diverse social actors in political processes (cf. Canagarajah 2005;
Spolsky 2004; Hornberger & Hult 2008).  While many studies have
illustrated diminished linguistic diversity through restrictive
language policies, a variety of language planning goals and outcomes
have been described (cf. Hornberger 1994, McCarty 2002).  Following
the wider promotion of civil rights, and in pursuit of linguistic
rights (cf. Skutnabb-Kangas & Philipson 1994), language policy has
also come to be viewed as a potential mechanism for the protection of
diversity, or the promotion of plurilingualism.

                Considerations of diversity are prominent in language
policy and planning research today, influencing both the contexts that
are studied as well as the theoretical frameworks used to understand
them.  Scholarly frameworks that seek to describe language policy as a
social phenomenon recognize the influence of multiple actors with
varying agendas at all levels of the political process.   As a
socially-engaged field, LPP attempts to provide equitable education
and other social services, and superdiverse populations are often seen
as a challenge in this endeavor.  This panel aims to explore language
policy and planning in linguistically diverse contexts, drawing on
empirical examples of policy in practice in a variety of settings.  We
also welcome papers that raise theoretical concerns about governance
in the current era of pluralist nation-states, transnational
alliances, and neoliberal economic influences.  Case studies and/ or
theoretical papers may address this issue from a variety of angles,

·         Attempts to create language policy that is appropriate to
superdiverse contexts

·         Impacts of language policy in a superdiverse context, across
multiple contexts, or among different social actors

·         Diverse agents of language policy in an era of increased
transnational exchange

·         Issues of planning, management, regulation and democracy in
pluralist contexts

·         Theoretical or methodological approaches to understanding
language policy

Terrence Wiley, President at the Center for Applied Linguistics, will
serve as discussants for this panel.  In addition to the individual
papers, there will be time allocated for discussion and debate on
current directions in the field.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to lpren at cal.org by
November 12th.  Please include your name, affiliation, and contact
information.  All submitters will be contacted with decisions by
November 10th.  Please feel free to contact Haley De Korne
(hde at gse.upenn.edu) with any questions.

Please note that LPReN’s capacity is limited to organizing colloquia;
we regret that we are not able to provide funding for participants who
are invited to participate. We encourage all applicants to seek
funding from other sources available to them as early as possible.

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