[Lingtyp] 2nd CfP: Down by river (Helsinki, 5-7 Nov 2019), deadline extended to 31 May 2019

Olesya Khanina olesya.khanina at gmail.com
Wed Apr 24 12:42:02 UTC 2019

I am sorry, there has been a mistake in my recent email! The conference
takes place 6-8 November 2019, not 5-7 November!

ср, 24 апр. 2019 г. в 15:29, Olesya Khanina <olesya.khanina at gmail.com>:

> Dear colleagues,
> This is the 2nd call for papers I am co-organizing at the University of
> Helsinki with my fellow archeologists: “Down by the water:
> Interdisciplinary symposium on the role of water transit points in past
> societies”, 5-7 Nov 2019. Note that the deadline has been extended to 31
> May 2019.
> https://blogs.helsinki.fi/downbythewater/
> This is planned as a truly interdisciplinary conference where one of the
> four sessions will be devoted to linguistic perspectives on waterways. We
> welcome papers presenting language facts intrinsically connected to
> waterways, such as language dispersal through waterways, language contact
> occurring at water crossing points, multilingual areas located along
> rivers, etc. The linguistic plenary talk will be delivered by Rik van Gijn,
> who combines qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate the
> interconnection between river systems and languages of South America.
> Together with his colleagues at the University of Zurich, he has proposed
> an approach to identify probable pathways of language diffusion along the
> Amazon River network, combining ideas from route planning (i.e. looking for
> possible routes of linguistic diffusion along the river network) and route
> inference (i.e. testing the possible routes against evidence from
> linguistic data).
> It would be interesting to see how the relevance of waterways to
> communities can shape languages they speak, and to present this connection
> to colleagues from other disciplines. Likewise, the hope is that linguists
> can benefit from a different perspective on the same object that historians
> and archeologists will share during this conference. See a detailed call
> for papers below.
> With best regards,
> Olesya
> ****
> *Down by the water: Interdisciplinary symposium on the role of water
> transit points in past societies*
> *Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Helsinki, 6-8 November, 2019*
> https://blogs.helsinki.fi/downbythewater/
> Waterways have been key factors in the development of societies from
> prehistoric times to nowadays, particularly due to their role as vectors
> for cultural interactions, material exchange, and transmission of
> knowledge. The fluidity of these highways of transport and communications
> is tightly linked to the presence of transit points: spaces with unique
> geographical characteristics that acted as nodal points between different
> communities. Transit points are thus defined as places of intense social
> contacts, putting objects of physical geography into the domain of social
> sciences and humanities.
> The subject is challenging, as many activities that happen in the aquatic
> spaces seldom leave substantial archaeological traces behind due to the
> nature of the activities (for example, some actions take place on board
> vessels), or the inaccessibility of the archaeological remains (for
> example, submerged or silted spaces). In some instances, the location might
> have been obscured by lack of remains, but the impact of those interactions
> is visible in other ways, such as nautical technology or language
> exchanges.
> Rivers are particularly relevant to language exchanges, as they have been
> crucial in defining language contact areas in such diverse parts of the
> world as Amazonia, Northern Europe, and Siberia, among others: in some
> cases, riverside locations are known to be areas of linguistic similarity
> resulting from long-term exchange relations between speakers of unrelated
> languages or from a population spread along a river path. In other areas,
> riverside locations can be areas of the most linguistic diversity if they
> serve as a marketplace to which temporarily gather representatives of the
> otherwise geographically distant language communities.
> The complex nature of human exchanges in these kinds of locations have
> resulted in the need to develop legal frameworks to mediate interactions,
> many of which reflect the multiculturality and multi-legality of the actors
> involved. Taking all this into account, an interdisciplinary perspective
> with a focus on human-environment interactions is necessary. This sort of
> approach can help set forth more nuanced theories regarding the relation
> between social systems and their environment, using data obtained through
> different disciplines such as iconography, law, computer modelling,
> ethnography, geography, history, linguistics, environmental sciences, and
> so on.
> By engaging with interdisciplinary theoretical approaches like the maritime
> cultural landscape, boat biographies, or language contact studies,
> researchers will be able to recognize the impact of maritime or fluvial
> cultures onto their social framework and bring a balance to the narratives
> of the past in regions with amphibious landscapes.
> This conference seeks to challenge the interaction between models and
> particular case studies. To this aim, we would like to invite proposals
> from scholars conducting research in different fields whose focus is human
> activities in rivers, sea-river, and coastal transit points with a broad
> geographic and chronological perspective. With this interdisciplinary
> approach, we expect to demonstrate what can be achieved by changing the
> research paradigm to one that fully embraces the nuances of the aquatic
> world, and specially the intricate connection between water spaces and
> humans.
> Plenary speakers:
> Himanshu Prabha Ray (Jawaharlal Nehru University),
> Christoph Schäfer (University of Trier),
> Rik Van Gijn (University of Zurich),
> Crystal El Safadi (University of Southampton)
> Suggested topics:
>    - Port and harbour communities
>    - Trade and economics at transit points
>    - Human-environment interactions along waterways
>    - Nautical technology and design: exchanges and group identity
>    - Linguistic dispersal through waterways
>    - Language contact and waterways
>    - Multilingualism along major rivers
> Prospective presenters are requested to submit an abstract in a .docx file
> containing:
>    - Title of the presentation
>    - Name of the presenter
>    - Email and affiliation
>    - Abstract of no more than 250 words.
>    - Keywords
> Submission deadline: 30th of April 2019
> Submissions should be made to: downbythewater68 at gmail.com
> Further inquiries should be made to: Veronica Walker Vadillo at
> veronica.walker at helsinki.fi
> Organising committee:
> Elisabeth Holmqvist-Sipilä, HCAS
> Olesya Khanina, HCAS/ Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences
> Emilia Mataix Ferrandiz, HCAS
> Veronica Walker Vadillo, HCAS
> --
> Olesya Khanina
> Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies & Institute of Linguistics RAS
> http://iling-ran.ru/main/scholars/khanina
> http://circumpolar.iling-ran.ru/

Olesya Khanina
Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies & Institute of Linguistics RAS

*This year I am co-organising the following conferences:*
*'Linguistic forum' - Moscow, 4-6 April 2019: *
*'Typology of small-scale multilingualism' - Lyon, 15-17 April
2019: https://ilcl.hse.ru/smallscale/ <https://ilcl.hse.ru/smallscale/>*

*'Down by the water' - Helsinki, 6-8 November 2019:
*'Language contact in the circumpolar world' - Moscow, 25-27 October 2019*
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