LINGUIST List 14.343

Mon Feb 3 2003

Calls: Language and Media/Multiliteracies

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  1. Susan Catherine Herring, Language and Media, Denmark
  2. Bart Bonamie, Multiliteracies: The Contact Zone, Belgium

Message 1: Language and Media, Denmark

Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2003 20:25:55 -0500 (EST)
From: Susan Catherine Herring <>
Subject: Language and Media, Denmark

Thematic section of the XVIth International Conference on Historical

(ICHL 2003)

Copenhagen, 11th - 15th August 2003

Organized by Susan C. Herring, Indiana University

The recent explosion in Internet communication has generated new
interest in the effects of media and technological mediation on
language change. This has expanded the corpora available for
historical linguistic analysis beyond written texts to electronic log
files, at the same time reviving interest in the study of language in
older media, both written and spoken. This workshop aims to bring
together researchers analyzing a wide variety of communication media
from linguistic perspectives, with the goal of furthering knowledge
about the relationship between technological mediation and language
structure and use. The workshop may lead to an edited collection with
a major publisher after the conference. (Mouton de Gruyter has already
expressed interest in such a collection.)

Abstracts are invited that address one or more of the following

- Language in mass media such as newspapers, radio, television, and
film, with attention to issues of change over time or emergent uses.

- Language in older written texts, with attention to the mode and
circumstances of their production.

- Language in older spoken corpora preserved via recording
technologies such as wax cylinders and tape recorders.

- Language on the Internet/the World Wide Web.

- The emergence of norms/the evolution of genre conventions in
mediated communication, with attention to the properties of the

- Comparative studies of language structure/use across media.

- Critical studies of the socio-political construction of mediated
language practices.


Interested individuals should submit a 200-word abstract
electronically by March 1, 2003 to 1) the session organizer
( and 2) the ICHL Web site. (To do this, click on
the "Submit Abstract" link at:

You must indicate that your "preferred session" is number 10: Language
and Media.)

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Message 2: Multiliteracies: The Contact Zone, Belgium

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 15:40:58 +0100
From: Bart Bonamie <>
Subject: Multiliteracies: The Contact Zone, Belgium

2003 International AILA Conference on Literacy

Location: Ghent, Belgium
Date: 22-27 September 2003
Call Deadline: 28 March, 2003
Contact Persons: Ronald Soetaert - Bart Bonamie
Contact Email:

Official language: English


The concept of Literacy invokes multiple and complex
interpretations. The concept is also approached from a varying number
of perspectives: both as a problem and a solution to a problem. The
theoretical and empirical base can be approached from a large number
of perspectives (see themes). More than anything else, literacy is
seen as a kind of social practice. As a consequence the focus shifts
towards multiliteracies with special attention to kinds of literacy
(high and low culture, multi-cultural interpretations) and to the role
of media in relation to literacy. Our conference as 'contact zone' - a
space which brings into contact people from many different cultures
and disciplines (de/re-)constructing, talking & thinking about the
future of literacy and the literacies of the future. 


The overall theme of the conference is Multiliteracies. 

(Sub)themes on this conference will include, but not be limited to:

- Literacies and Development (Globalisation, social development, third
world development etc)
- Literacies and Languages (Reading, Writing, Minority Languages, etc)
- Literacies and Identity 
- Literacies and Education (Special needs)
- Specific Literacies (Digital, Media, Environmental, Youth, Family,
Gender, Scientific, Numeracy, Emergent, etc)
- Institutional Literacies (Academia, Schools, Museum...)
- Cultural Literacies (Literacies & Cultural Studies)
- Literacies & Research Issues
- Literacies and Education (Academic, Special needs, etc) 


- bring together a group of established and emerging scholars from
around the world, 
- focus on the changing literacy practices of contemporary times, 
- have an interdisciplinary focus,
- focus on cutting-edge work in the distinct and emerging fields of
language and literacy research that make up literacy studies, as well
as numeracy studies. 


Individual paper presentation and poster proposals should be no more
than 250 words. Panels will generally include three or four papers or
presentations. For panel proposals, the session organizer should
submit a 150-250 word statement describing the panel topic, including
abstracts of up to 250 words for each paper or presentation in the

- Paper presentations (time allotted 30 min) 
- Posters (space allotted 180x90 cm) 

Submit abstracts by email in an attachment to

Remember to give the name(s) of the author(s), affiliation, e-mail
address, phone number, fax number and 50 word biodate. 

All proposals will be reviewed by the Academic Advisory Committee on
their quality and relevance to the themes of the conference.

- Shirley Brice Heath 
- James Gee 
- Brian Street
- Catherine Beavis
- Eddie Williams 
- Donna Alvermann 
- David Barton 
- Ilana Snyder 


Deadline for submission of abstracts: 28 March, 2003. 
Notification of acceptance: 31 April, 2003. 
Program available: 15 August, 2003. 
Early bird registration: before 28 March, 2003 

Details regarding the program, registration and hotel accommodation
will be sent out in February 2003. If you submit an abstract, you
will automatically receive this information. If you do not submit
an abstract, send us an e-mail in order to receive our next
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