[lg policy] Fwd: [LINGANTH] Fwd: CFP for special issue of Language Policy

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
Thu Apr 18 13:05:09 UTC 2013

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Hello LingAnth listserv members-

A reminder that abstracts for a special issue on language policy, religion,
& institutions in the journal *Language Policy* are due by Wednesday,
5/1/13. Additional information can be found below.

Thank you,
Netta Avineri & Sharon Avni, Special Issue Co-Editors

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From: Netta Avineri <navineri at gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Subject: CFP for special issue of Language Policy
To: LINGANTH at listserv.linguistlist.org
Cc: Sharon Avni <langpolicyreligion at gmail.com>

Hello LingAnth listserv members-

Below please find the CFP for an upcoming special issue of the journal
Policy*, on language policy, religion, & institutions.

Thank you,
Netta Avineri & Sharon Avni, Special Issue Co-Editors

*Call for Papers*

* Language Policy and the Reconceptualization of*

*Religions as and in Institutions*

The journal *Language Policy* invites papers for a thematic issue
highlighting innovative research on the role of language policy in
reconceptualizing religions both *as*and *in* institutions. In recent
years, religious language policy research (cf. Liddicoat, 2012; Omoniyi,
2010; Spolsky, 2009) has focused on the ways that religion is a central
element that shapes language forms, literacy practices, language
ideologies, and language management in a range of global, national, state,
family, and other interactional environments. Building upon this
significant research, this thematic issue considers the complex ways that
language policies shape and are shaped by communities’ ideologies about the
role (or lack thereof) religion in their lives and institutions. This
special issue therefore provides a forum for analyses of how language
practices, beliefs, and management intersect with religious beliefs,
convictions, and ideologies at the local and global levels.

As traditional religious practices are interpreted in novel modes and
contexts in the globalizing world, it becomes necessary to reconsider the
role that religion may or may not play in how communities define
themselves, and the ways in which boundaries between categories of
religiosity, secularism, and spirituality are negotiated through language
policies. One primary interest is in exploring how these processes of
religious interpretation and negotiation embodied in language use may take
place in traditional institutions (e.g., houses of worship, religious
schools) as well as in settings in which groups of people use and/or think
about religion (or lack thereof) as an organizing principle for their
everyday lives. An additional area of interest is how individuals and
groups negotiate, define, appropriate, and creatively employ language in
ways that may counter the policies of religious institutions or nations.
Lastly, we are interested in how individuals and groups create their own
religious language policies in schools, homes and communities that
structure how they interact with others in both religious and nonreligious

Submissions are invited from anthropological, sociological, linguistic,
and/or historical perspectives, across methodological frameworks, and focus
on both historical and contemporary sites. The issue assumes language
policy as practice, ideology and management. Potential topics include but
are not limited to:

·      The boundaries/differences between and within religious groups and
how these are negotiated through language policies

·      The ways that language practices may complement and/or replace other
religious practices

·      How and why particular languages (e.g., endangered languages) get
sacralized and the roles this may play in language maintenance and
revitalization efforts

·      The role of religious language management in
missionization/evangelical Christianity, the spread of Islam, the Arab
Spring, and post-communist nations* *

Those interested in contributing should submit a title and abstract (up to
300 words) to the guest editors of the thematic issue, Netta Avineri and
Sharon Avni at email: langpolicyreligion at gmail.com by May 1, 2013. After an
initial abstract selection process, authors will be invited to submit full
papers by November 1, 2013. All papers will undergo double-blind peer
review. Though part of a thematic issue, each paper will get reviewed
individually. For information about the journal and author guidelines, see:
Success means we go to sleep at night knowing that our talents and
abilities were used in a way that served others.
-Marianne Williamson


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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