[lg policy] Symposium on Language and Migration

Tonkin, Humphrey tonkin at hartford.edu
Fri Jun 7 10:38:02 EDT 2019

Call for Papers
"Language and Migration: Experience and Memory"

   May 7-9, 2020

[You've Got the Whole World In Your Hands]

Part I, New York City (place tba): Thursday May 7 to Friday May 8.
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Ingrid Piller, Professor of Applied Linguistics, Macquarie University, Sydney

Part II, Princeton University:  Friday evening May 8 at 7pm to Saturday, May 9.

Language is a vital, but often underexplored, factor in the lives of migrants, immigrants and refugees. It has a direct impact on the experiences and choices of individuals displaced by war, terror, or natural disasters and the decisions made by agents who provide (or fail to provide) relief, services, and status. And, distilled through memory, it shapes the fictions, poems, memoirs, films and song lyrics in which migrants render loss and displacement, integration and discovery, the translation of history and culture, and the trials of identity.

This interdisciplinary, international conference on Language and Migration will place the role of language in the lives and works of migrants in sharp relief. In Part One, to take place in midtown Manhattan, participants are invited to consider how language differently affects the experiences of several populations:  permanently settled refugees and migrants; temporarily settled refugees and migrants; and people in transit. These populations, in turn, are variegated by age and gender, literacy and educational attainment, culture and religion, and the political, economic and cultural contexts in which they seek to settle. Part Two of the conference will focus on memory in the cultural work of migrants and immigrants. On Friday evening the conference will resume at Princeton University with a reading by eminent faculty novelists in the Lewis Center for the Arts, followed on Saturday by a full-day symposium on memory, language, and migration. To foster conversation across disciplinary borders, participants are strongly urged to attend both parts of the conference
Princeton's interdisciplinary Research Lab on "Migration: People and Cultures Across Borders<https://migration.princeton.edu/>" comprises both humanists and social scientists; accordingly, we invite proposals from a wide variety of disciplines, including comparative literature, history, translation studies and philosophy; political science, economics, education, sociology, and law; sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, interlinguistics and forensic linguistics, among other fields. The following topics are of urgent interest, but others are welcome:
Language and the delivery of crisis aid and services
Language, the state, and immigration status
The United Nations, immigrants, and language policy
Language and education for temporarily settled refugees
Translation, interpretation, and language rights
Language rights and human rights
The protection of interpreters and translators in conflict zones
The economics of language policy in immigration
Language, criminalization, and deportation
Language and the Labor Market
Xenophobic language
Language, dislocation, and exile
Memory and witness
The performance of migration (theatre, video, radio drama, installations, etc.)
Cross-generational narratives
The migration of lyric in pop music
Translation and the trials of identity
Integration and disintegration in immigrant writing
Form and genre in the culture of migration
Language, prestige, and inequality
Immigrant voices: language, media, and multiculturalism

This conference is co-sponsored by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, the Esperantic Studies Foundation, and the Study Group on Language and the UN.

Deadline: November 1, 2019. Please send one-page proposals for 20-minute papers, indicating for which of the two parts of the conference you intend your contribution, along with cv, to Prof. Esther Schor <eschor at princeton.edu<mailto:eschor at princeton.edu>>

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