[lg policy] CFP: Comparative Multilingualisms: Paradigms, Disciplines, Landscapes

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Tue Apr 2 15:38:03 UTC 2013

Forwarded From:  <edling at bunner.geol.lu.se>

Full Title: Critical Multilingualism Studies

Linguistic Field(s):  Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus
Linguistics;Anthropological Linguistics;Applied

Call Deadline: 31-Dec-2013

Over the past fifteen years, political and academic uptake around the
concept of multilingualism has been ambitious, swift, and yet
profoundly uneven around the world. Governmental endeavors around
language plurality that have become standard, and even hegemonic, in
Europe are still hardly imaginable in the United States. Meanwhile,
the very concept of "languageness" in modern Africa corresponds only
awkwardly with the presumed characteristics of West Europe's
vigorously nationalized languages. Simultaneously, various disciplines
are honing their own new visions of language plurality� whether in
comparative literature, applied linguistics, translation studies, or
AI, and these disciplinary divisions often dovetail with distinct
geopolitical landscapes and their educational / institutional
priorities. This combined (i.e. disciplinary as well as geopolitical)
unevenness seems to result in a 'state of the discourse' in which, for
example, Europeans are increasingly pondering !
 ex post facto the "dangers" of state implementation schemes around
trilingualism, while US scholars continue to struggle to secure even
an affirmative social image for bilingualism on the public stage.

All in all, the ways scholars and policy-makers dialogue about
multilingualism along transpacific, transatlantic, and global axes are
increasingly centrifugal in trajectory and prone to misunderstanding
creating new, revealing disparities in how policy implementation,
scholarly focus, and institutional anchoring are managed and pursued.

Critical Multilingualism Studies is currently seeking submissions for
a volume on Comparative Multilingualisms: Paradigms, Disciplines,
Landscapes. Prospective contributions to this special issue of CMS
will place regional, hemispheric, disciplinary and local
multilingualisms in an explicitly comparative dialogue with one
another, in order to provide a more adequate composite picture of how,
and how well, ideas about multilingual practice are circulating from
place to place, from language to language, and from scholarly field to
scholarly field.

Contributions might include:

-essays considering how pairs of fields �such as comparative
literature and applied linguistics, or translation studies and
geography �can improve the way they interpret and respond to each
other's enduring questions about multilingualism
-historical, theoretical, or ethnographic studies on how
multilingualism is perceived and practiced in one context/locality, as
contrasted with another

-critical interventions on how models of language plurality are
exported, circulated, or trafficked globally, and whether these are
implicitly based on a set of regional and or disciplinary premises
-accounts of how and why scholars, policy-makers, SLA methodologists,
or software developers may misapprehend the multilingualism of another
geopolitical context
-studies of how "multilingualism" is treated as a concept or
phenomenon in various languages, dialects, or cultural traditions �and
what these differences reveal about the emerging axia of
"multilingualism studies"

Contributions of 5000-8000 words are welcome. Chicago citation style
recommended, multimedia components encouraged. Please inquire or
submit manuscripts at: http://cms.arizona.edu

The deadline for this call is December 31, 2013.


Contact the editors, David Gramling and Chantelle Warner at
cms-journal at email.arizona.edu

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