[lg policy] Volume "Interests and Power in Language Management"

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Sat Jan 6 10:23:54 EST 2018

Volume "Interests and Power in Language Management"
[image: Marek Nekula's picture]
Announcement published by Marek Nekula on Friday, January 5, 2018
Call for Papers
March 30, 2018
Subject Fields:
Anthropology, Languages, Linguistics, Social Sciences, Sociology

Call for Papers for the Volume *Interests and Power in Language Management*

Edited by Marek Nekula, Tamah Sherman, Halina Zawiszová

Peter Lang Publishing Company: Berlin et al.

Series “Prague Papers on Language, Society and Interaction” edited by Jiří
Nekvapil, Tamah Sherman and Petr Kaderka

Interests and power mentioned in the volume’s title are acknowledged as
important factors in various approaches to Language Policy and Planning.
Power and its role in language policy, planning and interaction have
repeatedly been and continue to be investigated within and beyond
sociolinguistics and discourse analysis: for instance, Antonio Gramsci and
Louis Althusser investigated the mechanism of “cultural hegemony”, Michel
Foucault the “dispositive of power”, Pierre Bourdieu the power within a
“social field”, Norman Fairclough the power exercised in and performed
through discourse, Paul Kroskrity the power of a “language regime”. In
contrast to power, interests have not been discussed as intensively in
connection with language. This applies to all approaches in Language Policy
and Planning as well as to Language Management Theory (LMT). Though the
seminal paper for LMT “Language planning: for whom?,” published by B. H.
Jernudd and J. V. Neustupný in 1987, was indeed devoted to the issue of
linguistic and non-linguistic interests, it did not integrate the role of

In contrast, the intended volume will focus on the interplay of interests
and power and explore their role and use in language management as well as
in the negotiation of linguistic and non-linguistic interests, and the
utilization of power in the resolution of conflicts between them. It is
based on the symposium “Interests and Power in Language Management” which
was held in Regensburg on September 12–14, 2017. However, the volume is
also open to submissions that were not previously presented during this
symposium, as well as to papers focused on other approaches in Language
Policy and Planning.

In this sense, we invite extended abstracts for papers that reflect both
interests and power and their interaction in language management. Questions
relevant for this volume include (but are not limited to):
- Types of personal or group interests involved in language policy and
- Divergent/conflicting interests in language policy and planning and the
ways in which power is manifested in their resolution
- Masking, revealing and legitimizing one’s interests in language policy
and planning
- Power, powerlessness and empowerment in asserting various kinds of
- Power and interests in the interplay of linguistic, communication and
socio-cultural management
- Power and interests in management of speaking in particular interactions
- Sources of power (culture, politics, economy etc.) that shape language
policy and planning
- The power to propose, formulate, defend, participate in or implement a
language policy
- The formation of advocacy coalitions in language management
- The use and management of power to change/maintain language or
- Ways of establishing or enforcing norms of language and communication

*Abstract Submission:* Extended abstracts in English (500-1000 words)
should be e-mailed to: marek.nekula at ur.de by March 30, 2018. Decisions on
the abstracts will be sent by April 30, 2018. Papers based on the accepted
abstracts are to be submitted by July 31, 2018. They will subsequently
undergo a standard peer-review process.
Contact Email:
marek.nekula at ur.de


 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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