[lg policy] Fwd: Call for Papers: Language Policy Beyond the State

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jun 4 19:18:15 UTC 2014

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Call for Papers: Language Policy Beyond the State

CAL Language Policy Research Network
 Call for journal submissions for a special issue
 Maarja Siiner, Lund University & University of Tartu
 Kadri Koreinik, University of Tartu & Võro Institute
 Kara Brown, University of South Carolina

Language policy analysis in the 21-century offers dynamic potential for
 society and social developments. As Jernudd and Nekvapil (2012) argue,
 policy–in its creation and effect–is in the deepest sense a social policy;
planning language
 is planning societies. But, what is meant by language, policy, and,
collectively, language
 policy? The state remains a major source of legitimate power, and language
 continues to be understood as interventions of a state. Yet, increasingly
open borders, the
 internationalization of education, and transnational labor mobility raise
questions about
 the form and shape language policy beyond and across state borders and the
relevance of
 the state in these moments of lived language-policy. Regional geopolitical
 and movements and different levels of power practices have also called
into question the
 reach and influence of the state. This collection strives to contribute to
the current,
 vibrant efforts to reconsider and reexamine the direction and approach of
language policy
 analysis within and across the borders of one state—Estonia. The
organizers of the
 special issue view Estonia-related language policy as situated within a
 political, socio-historical and cultural constellation. The policy
constellation of Estonia is
 highlighted and informed by connections with Baltic, Nordic, E.U. and
other post-Soviet
 states. Insights from the social sciences and humanities, using a range of
methods, are
 crucial for this endeavour to examine language policy beyond the state. New
 methodological and conceptual approaches to language policy (e.g.,
 linguistic landscape, discourse analysis, language governance, ecology of
language) offer
 fresh paths to probe the multilayered nature of language policy and to
take research in
 promising directions.

The organizers of this volume invite potential contributors to (re)consider
 policy specifically in within and beyond the Baltic States with particular
(but not
 exclusive) attention to Estonia. Beyond a simple geographic focus, Estonia
serves as a
 vibrant space to analyze language policy at the crossroads of overlapping
 national and regional frameworks (e.g., post-imperial and post-Soviet
legacies, and other
 path dependencies, newly adopted EU policies and practices) and historical
 Moreover, language policy in and across state borders offers a rich
context for examining
 language policy as it concerns dominance, recognized and invisible
minorities, migration
 and mobility shifts, and new group identities.

Single or multi-authored papers touching on any of the above points are
welcome for
 submission. Additional manuscripts might focus on the following themes and
 • Challenges to disciplinary perspectives on language policy
 • Family language policies especially in transnational or interethnic
 • Language policy in institutional settings (e.g. basic and secondary
schools, higher
 education, multinational companies)
 • New methodologies in researching language policy
 • Language policy in cross-border settings (e.g. Russian diaspora in
Estonia in
 comparison with Lithuania and Latvia; Estonian diasporas in Finland and
 policies and practices across Finno-Ugric peoples)
 • Language policy analysis as nested in political frameworks (e.g.
 orientations, Soviet occupation, political “transition,” etc.)
 • Language policy as an economic and/or social policy of (re)distribution,
 (re)production and incentivizing of resources, values, etc.
 • Understandings of language policy through the state and/or region (e.g.
 Scandianvia, Baltic States, FSU)

All papers will undergo full peer review. Those interested in contributing
should submit
 an abstract (300-500 words) to the guest editors of the thematic issue
Maarja Siiner
 (maarja.siiner at ut.ee), Kadri Koreinik (kadri.koreinik at ut.ee), and Kara D.
 Brown brownk25 at mailbox.sc.edu) by 15 June 2014. After an initial abstract
 process, authors will be invited to submit full papers for double-blind
peer review by 1
October 2014.

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