[lg policy] Fwd: [LINGANTH] CfP: The Culture of Study Abroad for Second Languages

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 29 19:11:28 UTC 2014

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Call for Papers

Conference on The Culture of Study Abroad for Second Languages

Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Canada

July 14 - 17, 2015

This conference, organized in association with the AILA-ReN on study abroad
research, intends to bring together scholars and practitioners for plenary
talks, research presentations, panels, workshops, and posters exploring
various facets of the culture of study and residence abroad and their
relationship to foreign language learning.

Given the ongoing increasing mobility of students across borders for the
purpose of acquiring a foreign language in another culture and gaining
cross-cultural experiences, as well as the growing depth of academic
interest in the area of study abroad especially where language development
and intercultural awareness are concerned, this conference focuses
specifically on the central matter of culture - or cultures - in foreign
language study abroad contexts. Here, "culture" is understood as bearing a
range of meanings from the language, customs, institutions, attitudes, and
behaviours of a particular social group or group within a group, to the
material products of the acts of imagination and human creativity such as
literature, music, painting, film, and popular culture, to the appreciation
and consumption of these forms either in formal educational practice or
through personal inquiry and aspiration.

Focused on the Culture of Study Abroad, as well as mindful of the specific
location of the conference in Canada and its increased inward international
student mobility especially from Asia, the conference organizers invite
proposals for papers, panels, and workshops that concern one or more of the
following questions:

1. What is the culture of study abroad and study abroad participants /
stakeholders (teachers, hosts, organizers, etc.)?

2. What is cultural learning on study abroad and its relationship to
language acquisition?

3. What is done with culture after studying abroad?

4. What are the cultural implications of French exchanges in or from Canada?

5. What are the cultural interests and concerns of language students moving
from, to, and within Asia?

The first question focuses on aspects of community, individual and group
behaviour, social networks, identity, values, and foundations, but also
home/foreign culture, cultural translation, and generational, professional,
social-economic, institutional, and classroom cultures (students, digital
natives, instructors, host families, the host public, etc.). It examines
and explores how such groups and contexts emerge, function, and impact
personal, linguistic, and intercultural development.

The second attends to student, teacher, and host perceptions of material or
behavioural culture-to-be-learned as well as to pedagogy, curriculum /
curricula, and extra-curricular activities that lead to cultural and
intercultural learning. Also of interest is the explicit or implicit
relation between culture and linguistic development.

The third explores the afterlife of cultural, intercultural, and language
learning on study abroad programming, when participants return to their
domestic universities or workplaces. Here the focus is on how or whether
participants maintain linguistic gains, different cultural and
intercultural perspectives, and new subjectivities.

The fourth raises the issue of the perceived hierarchy of forms of French
in study abroad choices, the cultural status of France in international
French language education, and the specificity of Quebec, other
French-speaking parts of Canada, and la francophonie.

The fifth inquires after trends, opportunities, and challenges in the
mobility of students from or to Asia as well as in the under-researched
area of between Asian countries. Topics of interest here might include
third language and culture learning in second language contexts, access to
linguistic, cultural, and educational resources, and the explicit or tacit
association of foreign language study abroad with both institutional and
national development and immigration policies.

Plenary talks related to the abovementioned topics will be given by
internationally renowned scholars in the area of study abroad research:

·         Dr. Gary Barkhuizen (University of Auckland)

·         Dr. Jane Jackson (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

·         Dr. Rosamond Mitchell (University of Southampton)

·         Dr. Carmen Pérez-Vidal (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)

·         Dr. Martin Howard (University College Cork)

The topics identified under the title The Culture of Study Abroad offer a
broad range of areas of interest upon which to reflect critically, thus
ensuring a conference that is original in scope and appealing for scholars,
practitioners, and program administrators from across the modern language
learning and teaching disciplines, second language acquisition research, as
well as the study abroad education sector. The conference thus also hopes
to bridge the potential gap in the field of study abroad between researcher
knowledge and practitioner knowledge, especially where teaching and
learning culture in the foreign-language environment are concerned.

Proposals for 20-minute papers and panels may take the form of scholarly
discussions, research studies, or professional reports of program and
classroom initiatives. Proposals for workshops may explore innovative
research, methodological approaches and issues, pedagogical activities,
curriculum design, administrative practices, or intra- and
inter-institutional policy development.

Abstracts for intended papers, panels, and workshops are welcome in English
or French. Please submit an abstract of the proposal as a Word document to
the organizers at (cosa at smu.ca). Abstracts for papers should be no more
than 300 words. Abstracts for panels and workshops should comprise a
general outline no more than 300 words, followed by the participants'
abstracts. The body of the message should contain the
presenter's/presenters' name(s), affiliation, and the title of the paper,
panel, or workshop.

For the sake of blind review the abstract must not include the name(s) of
the presenter(s).

In the abstract clearly state the topic, research question(s), and
objectives. Abstracts on empirical projects should identify the data
sources, procedures for data collection and analysis, and actual or
expected outcomes. Proposals for workshops should also include a plan of
activities. All proposals should indicate which of the five topic areas of
the conference they intend to address in particular.

Deadline for abstract proposals: October 15, 2014.

All presenters will be invited to expand their work for consideration for
publication in one of a series of journal special issues on the
abovementioned topics related to the culture of study abroad. Cooperating
journals include the Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue
canadienne de linguistique appliquée and the journal of Comparative and
International Education. Papers submitted for consideration for publication
will be subject to a separate blind peer review and only those accepted
will be published. Please see further information regarding the submission
of work for consideration for a journal special issue on the conference


The conference organizers would like to acknowledge the support of the
following offices and departments at Saint Mary's University:

·         the Office of the President

·         the Office of the Vice President Academic and Research

·         the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

·         the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Culture, Faculty of

·         the Department of Modern Languages and Classics

·         the Office of International Activities

For further information, please contact: cosa at smu.ca

Organizing committee:

Dr. John L. Plews, Dr. Alexandre Avdulov, Dr. Rohini Bannerjee, Ms. Shana

Dept. of Modern Languages & Classics

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS, B3H 3C3



 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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