[lg policy] CfP (deadline 15 Apr): Spanish in Society, University of Edinburgh, Sep 2019

James Hawkey james.hawkey at bristol.ac.uk
Mon Apr 1 11:38:23 EDT 2019

Dear colleagues,

The deadline for the “Spanish in Society” conference is fast approaching! Please find below the call for the Spanish in Society conference, to be held at the University of Edinburgh in September 2019. Abstracts welcome in English or Spanish, to be sent to sisees2019 at gmail.com<mailto:sisees2019 at gmail.com> (deadline: 15 April). Also take a look at our website: www.spanishinsociety.com<http://www.spanishinsociety.com>.


Transnational Perspectives on the Study of Spanish in Society

9th International Conference of Hispanic Linguistics

7th Biennial Meeting of the International Association for the Study of Spanish in Society [SiS]


The University of Edinburgh, 5th – 6th September 2019

Languages travel and adapt to the new circumstances faced by their speakers. The growth of the Spanish language has always been transnational in nature, insofar as any expansion has been grounded in cultural and economic exchange. Therefore, at this conference, we wish to bring together those with scholarly interests in the situation of the Spanish language in the contemporary world. Almost twenty years into the new millennium, we want to reflect on how Spanish speakers, be they in their countries of origin or in the diaspora, construct and negotiate concepts of community. How is this achieved by recourse to ideas of borders, migration and contact? How do speakers move beyond notions of physical space, and push social, political, cultural and commercial boundaries, in order to break through the limits imposed on them by nations and continents? (Mar-Molinero and Stewart 2006; Foner 2005; Jackson et al. 2004)

We wish to explore the following questions: Are we at present witnessing processes of homogenisation and standardisation of norms and uses, thanks to the global space in which Spanish speakers move and communicate, all made possible by technological advances, and policies of a Pan-Hispanic nature? Or, in fact, do we find ourselves in an unprecedented social situation which allows language to be more pluricentric, local, innovative and 'superdiverse' than ever before? (Lebsanft, Mihatsch and Polzin-Haumann 2012; Zimmermann 2014; Blommaert 2015; Arnaut 2016) Now is the time to debate what methods and research protocols are the most effective at capturing the complexity that arises from such situations. What does it mean to view things transnationally? How can such a perspective benefit the study of the relationships between Spanish speakers in a global world?

These will be the triggers for discussion at our conference which, three years on, will bring everyone together in Edinburgh, in order to celebrate a hundred years of Hispanic Studies at The University of Edinburgh.

We invite presentation abstracts from scholars and researchers from any of the following linguistic disciplines or approaches, in line with the conference theme:

  *   Sociolinguistics
  *   Sociology of Language
  *   Dialectology
  *   Bilingualism and Language Contact
  *   Pragmatics
  *   Discourse Analysis
  *   Applied Linguistics
  *   Corpus Linguistics
  *   Historical Linguistics
  *   Intercultural Communication
  *   Linguistic Anthropology
  *   Language Education
  *   Second Language Teaching and Pedagogy

Confirmed plenary speakers

Jennifer Leeman, George Mason University


Rosina Márquez Reiter, University of Surrey



Submission of abstracts 15 April 2019

Notification of acceptance 22 April 2019

Early-bird registration 10 June 2019

Late-registration 6 August 2019

Registration fees

Early-bird registration: £ 165

Late registration: £ 195

Students and concessions: £ 100

Abstracts in English or in Spanish should be sent to sisees2019 at gmail.com<mailto:sisees2019 at gmail.com> as a word attachment containing the title of the paper and a 300-word max. description of the proposed talk, including: the aims, methodology and main findings of the study upon which it is based, as well as a list of bibliographical references (Harvard system). Contact details (name, affiliation and postal / electronic address) should be included only in the body of the email, together with the title of the paper.

Dr James Hawkey
Lecturer in Spanish Linguistics
Director of Teaching (Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies)
School of Modern Languages
University of Bristol
Tel: +44 (0)117 33 17170
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