Conceptualizing multilingualism under globalization: membership claims, social categories and emblems of authenticity

Locations
School of Education, University of Birmingham
Category
Research, Social Sciences
Date(s)
Tuesday 11th (09:00) - Wednesday 12th June 2013 (16:30)
Contact

Please complete the Expression of interest form if you would like to attend, and send to Ann Bolstridge, a.bolstridge@bham.ac.uk. Please return by 26 April 2013. Please note numbers are limited.

Places will be allocated through combinations of research fit and first-come-first-served basis.

Final programme and allocation of places 19 May 2013.

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Description

The University of Birmingham's MOSAIC Centre for Research on Multilingualism and the IRiS Institute for Research on Superdiversity will host a two-day seminar at the School of Education, University of Birmingham.

Objectives of the seminar

  • To explore recent research which questions the stability of social categories such as language, community, and ethnicity in contexts of globalization and multilingualism.
  • To provide a forum to engage in close analysis of identity and membership claims in linguistic interaction.
  • To consider the implications of these discussions for social policy.

In complex societies people belong to, or are ascribed membership of, multiple social categories. The papers presented in this BAAL/CUP colloquium ask questions about the value and force of social categories. They consider how and why people claim or reject membership of those categories, and how trajectories of belonging change across time and space. They interrogate the stability of membership of social categories, and of the categories themselves. Furthermore, the papers engage with the implications of these questions for social policy. In this seminar the presentations consider how membership of social categories is negotiated in the delicate weave of social interaction. The papers argue that analysts may gain purchase on what we commonly refer to as ‘identity’ by attending to acts of performance and construal through which emblems and social personae are linked.

Invited speakers

  • Adrian Blackledge and Angela Creese (University of Birmingham)
  • Hugh Escott and Kate Pahl (University of Sheffield)
  • Kamran Khan (University of Birmingham)
  • Michele Koven (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign)
  • Adrienne Lo (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign)
  • Ben Rampton (King's College London)
  • Caroline Tagg (University of Birmingham)
  • Sabina Vakser (University of Melbourne)

Discussant: Jenny Phillimore (University of Birmingham).

Please see the speakers Abstracts.

Attendance

Attendance is limited to 35 participants. All participants must register. Althought he event is FREE, participants will cover their own lunch, dinner, travel and accommodation costs.

This event is run in partnership with the Linguistic Ethnography Forum and with financial support provided by the British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL), Cambridge University Press and the University of Birmingham.

Please complete the attached form (Expression of interest  ) and send to Ann Bolstridge, a.bolstridge@bham.ac.uk. Please return by 26 April 2013. Please note numbers are limited.

Places will be allocated through combination of research fit and first-come-first-served basis.

Final programme and allocation of places 19 May 2013.