Conference: Communication in the multilingual city

Issued: Mon, 31 Jul 2017 14:45:00 BST

TLANG is delighted to invite proposals for its final two day international conference to be held in Birmingham, UK 8-9 March 2018.  The conference is focused on the theme of communication in the city.  Conversations will transcend disciplinary boundaries, and assist in thinking creatively about communication in metropolitan settings.  The aim is to promote discussion of research findings and methodologies between a range of stakeholders including academics, professionals, policy-makers, and practitioners.  

Proposals Deadline: Midnight 22 September 2017

Proposals are invited for individual papers, colloquia, posters, and roundtable discussions.  Decisions on successful applications will be announced in mid-November. 

Propsals welcomed related to the following themes:

1. Mobility 
Papers in this theme will consider the dynamics and complexity of communication in superdiverse societies where people from an increased number of territories come into contact, and where people have access to an increased range of resources for communication. Papers considering implications for communication of movement from and to cities are welcome.

2. Change
In this theme papers will explore communication in changing cities. Papers will engage with changing city landscapes, changing demographics, and changing modes of communication. Papers may refer to the implications of change for communication in institutional contexts, including education, law, and business, and in non-institutional, informal contexts.

3. Interpretation
This theme addresses communicative exchanges which include, or refer to, any aspect of interpretation and translation, broadly conceived. Examples of such exchanges may include asylum interviews, sign language interpretation, and text translation. We also welcome papers which consider miscommunication, and papers which refer to cultural translation.

4. Encounters
This theme explores communication in encounters between people in the city. These may include, for example, service encounters in markets, interactions in welfare benefits settings, and exchanges in contexts of teaching and learning. We welcome papers which refer to encounters which include translanguaging, multilingualism, multimodality and complex semiotic repertoires.

5. Creativity
This theme contemplates creativity across a broad range of formal and non-formal communicative arenas. We welcome papers which take creativity as a starting point to explore communicative competence in everyday contexts of linguistic and social diversity.

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6. Networks
This theme takes networks as its focus. Papers may consider notions of community, place, and neighbourhood, in discussions of communication in local, national, and global networks. We are interested in studies of digital communication, and welcome papers which refer to social media and other online networks. 

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