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LINGUIST List 22.5079

Fri Dec 16 2011

Calls: Historical Linguistics, Sociolinguistics/Turkey

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Message 1: 4th International Conference of Mediterranean Worlds
Date: 16-Dec-2011
From: Cem Keskin <ckeskin29mayis.edu.tr>
Subject: 4th International Conference of Mediterranean Worlds
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Full Title: 4th International Conference of Mediterranean Worlds
Short Title: MedWorlds

Date: 05-Sep-2012 - 07-Sep-2012
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Contact Person: Özlem Çaykent Luca Zavagno
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://medworldsfour.wordpress.com/

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 27-Feb-2012

Meeting Description:

An interdisciplinary conference hosted by the Department of History, 29 Mayis University, in collaboration with The Mediterranean Seminar, University of California Santa Cruz; Bern University, Department of the History of the Art, TransMediterranean Studies.

'The Mediterranean is not only a cultural and historical, neither a mystic and lyric space…One must chase the manifold Mediterranean paths, those of the traffics of the pilgrimage, of the extension of lives and the rivers' courses; the borders will then become fluctuant and blurred, even concentric and coherent by drawing ideal curves like ripples in the sea'- C.Magris

There are countless discussions and publications, case studies and unresolved questions, and eventually, research projects on 'histories in and the history of the Mediterranean', which all underline the commonalities and differences between the cultures and histories of the region. One issue should be kept in mind when considering these: It is no doubt very easy to be captivated by delightful similarities, overlooking diversity or, on the other extreme, to see insurmountable differences under the spell of modern national or global theories. However, the Mediterranean, a place of constant flux, should be more accurately described as 'hybrid': Frontier societies and particularly shores share an amalgam of cosmopolitan socio-economic and political structures.

One example process that brings about hybridity is migration and its domino effect-style repercussions. Although classical historiography highlights the region as one 'source' for many ideas, species, social organizations and religions, it is also a perennial destination for outsiders. This can be evidenced by the salient immigrations of people from all directions towards the Middle Sea, not restricted to 'Völkerwanderung'. One can easily describe these waves of arrivals as multiple 'domino effects' which had corollary effects on the region in diverse localities.

Shifts of ideas, modes of production, methodology, science, religion, language are among dynamics brought about successively by the various influxes to the region and yield hybrid outcomes. The dislocation of substances, structures, hierarchies, languages, religions and traditions in a domino effect facilitates the re-emergence of these social elements in the new location in novel and ingenious ways. In time, their imported or suspended character takes on a more permanent and assimilated character - a hybrid is born.

Furthermore, the social transformations that follow the ending of colonial mandates, rising immigration, and economic liberalization profoundly alter existing social structures and entities. Like prolonged wars and natural disasters, colonial and post-colonial relations create long-lasting political instability or intellectual confusion, adding to the diversification of existing traditions.

Here, we would like to focus on both the source and the outcome of various fluxes, as well as the process of generation, aiming not just to detect origins or traces of separate entities but also to study the liminality of the emerging planes. Our goal is to focus on the effects of mixture upon various elements in the Mediterranean, dwelling on outcomes that are not easily labeled as one thing or other, defining the critical stages of change. This would, in a sense, be an extension of the macro-micro history dialectic and the diversity of the local regional outcomes as analyzed by Braudel, Horden-Purcell, McCormick and Wickham which retain an undoubted appeal and interest as Magris and Matjievic have often pointed out.

We hope that our rubric of 'Mediterranean Worlds' is broad enough to encompass the work of scholars conducting research across the whole range of elements of Mediterranean culture and history, while at the same time highlighting this year's special topic of 'domino effects and hybridization.'

Call for Papers:

Papers and Panels:

We welcome the submission of papers and panels.

Suggested panel presentations comprising 3-4 presenters and chairperson (please submit 3/4 x 250-word abstract and a short rationale for the panel theme).

250-word abstracts for twenty-minute papers that broadly address the above themes, and that may address, but not be limited by, the following topics:

Perceptions: Hibridity as an Aberration
Incorporation and Reproduction of Liminality in institutions
History of the 'the Other' in the Mediterranean
Language variation, multilingualism, language contact and contact languages in the Mediterranean
Reverse Processes: Modernity?
Oral Tradition and Artistic Performance as Means of Intercultural Communication
Hybridity in Mediterranean Art and Architecture
Hybridization of Land Settlement Patterns
Saints, Pilgrims and Missionaries: travels in the Mediterranean hybridity
Hybrid Methodologies
Hybridity in Byzantine Archaeology

Abstract Submissions:

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words and should include at least 3 descriptive keywords, the presenter's name, email address, organization, and mailing address.

Organized Session Submissions:

The session must have a title and description of up to 500 words and at least 3 descriptive keywords as well we'll require each presenter's name, email address, organization, a 300 word abstract (or biography for panel sessions) and mailing address.

Please send your abstract and session submissions to luca.zavagnoemu.edu.tr or caykentgmail.com.

Deadline for submission: 27 February 2012

Notification of acceptance will be communicated by 2 April.

Organizing Committee:

Dr. Özlem Çaykent, 29 Mayis University, Istanbul
Dr. Luca Zavagno, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta
Dr. Mehmet Şakir Yılmaz, 29 Mayis University, Istanbul
Dr. Cem Keskin, 29 Mayis University, Istanbul
Dr. Cemile Akça Ataç, Cankaya University, Ankara
Prof. Thomas Dittelbach
, Universität Bern
Dr. Brian A. Catlos, University of Colorado at Boulder
Dr. Sharon Kinoshita, University of California Santa Cruz


29 Mayis University, Department of History,
İcadiye-Bağlarbaşı Caddesi, no: 40, 34662 Üsküdar/İstanbul, Turkey

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