“Language Dynamics and Management of Diversity"

Training Seminar Culture, Civilization and the World – the Semantics of Globalization

Concepta is an initiative of the History of Political and Social Concepts Group (HPSCG), which organises postgraduate research training in conceptual analysis. At both master’s and doctoral levels, the courses provide a meeting place for established academics and young scholars from various backgrounds and disciplines to engage in conceptual explorations.

The fourth Concepta Research Training Seminar will be arranged in University of Oslo, Norway, January 25-26 2010, titles and abstracts can be sent to Helge Jordheim, helge.jordheim@ilos.uio.no by 1.12.2009.

If you wish to learn more, please visit the Concepta website.

Language on the move - new sociolinguistic portal

Ingrid Piller and Kimie Takahashi, from the University of Macquarie, Australia, found that there is a real need for a collaborative space where research on language and communication in multicultural and transnational contexts can be shared, brainstormed, discussed and disseminated. That's why they decided to build this portal, dedicated to issues of language and communication in multicultural and transnational contexts and open to anyone interested in language learning, multilingualism and intercultural communication.

Colloque international sur la médiation humanitaire multilingue

L’Ecole de Traduction et d’Interprétation de Genève organise, le 19 novembre 2009, avec le soutien du Fonds National Suisse (FNS) de la Recherche Scientifique, un colloque international sur la Médiation humanitaire multilingue, sous la responsabilité du Prof. Mathieu Guidère.
Pour en savoir plus, cliquez ici.

Multilingualism good for brain, report says

In 2008 the European Commission asked an international team of researches, cooridnated by the Jyväskylä University, to carry on a study on the effects that multilingualism can have for brain. Findings are available on the CORDIS website and can be downloaded in french and in english.

The study was conducted between May 2008 and June 2009 across the 27 EU Member States as well as Norway and Turkey. It takes into account scientific literature from Europe and beyond, plus input from 30 experts in the studied countries and a core scientific team.

The analysis was set against five hypotheses previously formulated by the Commission. These assume that there is a link between multilingualism and creativity: multilingualism broadens access to information and offers alternative ways of organising thought as well as of perceiving the surrounding world. Finally, it was surmised that learning a new language increases the potential for creative thought.

Enjoy reading!

LINEE Newsletter - Language and Economy

We would like to announce that the LINEE Network of Excellence latest newsletter is now available. It is focused on the project's thematic area of the project "Language and Economy" and can be downloaded directly on the LINEE website.

Call for paper - Culture, civilisation and the World - the Semantics of Globalization

The fourth Concepta Research Training Seminar "Culture, Civilization and the World – the Semantics of Globalization." will be arranged in University of Oslo, Norway, January 25-26 2010. In this seminar, which is a co-operation between the cross-disciplinary research program KULTRANS – Cultural Transformations in the Age of Globalization at the University of Oslo, Norway, and Concepta – International Research School in Conceptual History and Political Thought, the objectice is to focus on the role of language, and especially the role of concepts in exploring the processes of globalization. In addition to the uses and meanings of single concepts, such as “culture”, “civilization” or “world”, the seminar will focus on clusters of concepts, semantic fields, discourses, texts, genres and experiences – constituting what we might refer to as the “semantics of globalization”.
You can have more information writing to helge.jordheim@ilos.uio.no.

LINEE Conference Dubrovnik: Extended submission deadline

LINEE final conference: New Challenges for Multilingualism in Europe - Dubrovnik (HR), April 11-15, 2010.

The conference brings together academics representing a range of disciplines in humanities and social sciences, practitioners and EU/national policy makers, concerned with multilingualism and linguistic diversity in Europe. Proposals are invited for original and previously unpublished research papers that broadly fall within the following themes and topics: Language, Culture and Identity, Language Policy and Planning, Multilingualism and Education, Language and Economy. Abstract must be in English, but conference contributions  can be in any European language (there will be no translation).

The REVISED abstract submission deadline for individual papers is October 31, 2009.

Conference website: http://www.amiando.com/lineeconference.html
Guidance notes for papers: http://www.amiando.com/lineeconference.html?page=268781

LINEE Website: http://linee.info

DYLAN sixth Consortium Meeting and related postgraduated forum

The Highlands pipers are ready to welcome the next DYLAN Consortium Meeting, which will be held in Glasgow, Scotland at the end of November 09. 

Before the meeting, a Postgraduate Forum is organised by the Glasgow Caledonian University research team. The deadline for submission of an abstract is 13th October 09. 

You will find more information about the Glasgow consortium meeting and the postgraduate forum at the following addresses: 



Workshop "The Contentious Face of European Politics: Towards an Analysis of Discursive and Visual Strategies of Transnational Diffusion"

The KFG research group at Free University Berlin is hosting the workshop "The Contentious Face of European Politics: Towards an Analysis of Discursive and Visual Strategies of Transnational Diffusion", which will be held in January 14-16th 2010, in Berlin, Germany. Organisers would like to encourage Phd-students and postdocs to have a look on the call and to contribute an empirical and/or methodological paper.

The deadline for proposal submission is October 15th, 2009.

Please find attached the full call.

Ruth Wodak president of the SLE

Nous avons le plaisir et l'honneur d'annoncer que notre collègue Ruth Wodak a été élue présidente de la " Societas Linguistica Europea" (SLE), depuis 2010, la plus importante société de linguistique d'Europe (pour plus d'informations sur la SLE, cliquez ici.
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