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  • Don Osborn
    Here s another conference of possible interest, but the deadline for contributions is past already. The theme is somewhat similar to that of the previous one
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 30, 2006
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      Here's another conference of possible interest, but the deadline for
      contributions is past already. The theme is somewhat similar to that of the
      previous one (fwd from Linguist list)... DZO


      Date: 05-Sep-2006
      From: Judit Kuti <kutij@...>
      Subject: 11th International Conference on Minority Languages

      Full Title: 11th International Conference on Minority Languages
      Short Title: ICML XI

      Date: 05-Jul-2007 - 06-Jul-2007
      Location: Pécs, Hungary
      Contact Person: Judit Kuti
      Web Site: http://www.nytud.hu/icml11

      Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

      Call Deadline: 30-Oct-2006

      Meeting Description:

      11th International Conference on Minority Languages (ICML XI)

      Multilingualism, citizenship and the future of minority languages -
      Ideologies and practices of linguistic difference in Europe

      5-6 July 2007
      Pécs, Hungary

      Call for Papers:

      The Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
      (HAS), the Research Institute for Ethnic and National Minority Studies HAS,
      and the Faculty of Political and Legal Sciences of the University of Pécs
      are pleased to announce the 11th International Conference on Minority
      Languages (ICML 11), to be held on 5-6 July 2007 in Pécs, Hungary.

      Conference theme:

      Multilingualism, citizenship and the future of minority languages --
      Ideologies and practices of linguistic difference in Europe.

      It is the historical strength of the concept ''nation'' that makes us aware
      of the contrast between the reality of minorities delineated by state
      borders and the ideal of a supra-national entity in which the word
      ''minority'' only has a numerical reference. The aim of the conference is to
      provide a frame for mutual transfer of knowledge between research
      communities about the current situation of linguistic minorities in Europe -
      a geographical unit in temporal transition between a past of nation states
      and a future of the enlarged European Union. The conference will bring
      together researchers working on linguistic minorities, different aspects of
      bi- and multilingualism, bilingual education, ideologies of language,
      language and identity construction, language policy, and especially on
      maintenance and revitalization of minority languages in the new Europe, as
      well as researchers with sociolinguistic, anthropological, historical,
      political, legal, economic and social approaches.

      Background and goals:

      Numerous minority communities around the world and even in Europe are
      continuously under economic, social, ideological, political, cultural,
      religious, military etc. pressure to integrate into the dominant society
      which often involves the loss of their native languages and often their
      ethnic identities. However, preserving one's native language is not only a
      fundamental linguistic human right, but, simultaneously, is necessary to
      perceive and negotiate one's cultural identity and is a key to understanding
      and appreciating the history, knowledge, ideas, and values of the community.
      Questions about the legal protection of regional and minority languages have
      regularly appeared on the European agenda: for many years various political
      and civic actions have centered upon the legal regulations applying to
      minorities. Nevertheless, despite the eventual positive legal developments
      administrative and political barriers in everyday practice often render the
      public use of minority languages difficult. Furthermore, the accession of
      the new Central and Eastern European Member States opened up new prospects,
      at the same time creating new problems for the enlarged EU with regard to
      protection and maintenance of minority languages. The communist regimes and
      their collapse in the late 1980s created rather unique political and
      linguistic arrangements in the East-Central-Eastern European region. Impacts
      of the European enlargement, new social-economic order in East-Central and
      Eastern Europe that are restructuring the former relationships at regional
      and at European level, together with economic, technological and cultural
      forces of globalization have created a need for a re-evaluation of the
      theoretical questions and research methodologies that guide investigations
      of minority languages and their communities.

      Main themes for paper and poster presentations:

      - Bilingualism and education
      - Models of language learning in education
      - Minority languages and the ''new economy'' (country studies, analysis of
      the administration of the European Union)
      - Negotiation of identities in a new European context: national, regional
      and transnational perspectives
      - Language policies, language planning and linguistic human rights within
      national and international legal frameworks
      - The challenges of comparative analysis of minority languages
      - Patterns of language shift and maintenance
      - Minority languages, the media and the Internet
      - Minority languages and corpus linguistics
      - The Roma minority and their languages in Europe
      - Linguistic minorities in the enlarged EU

      Proposed themes for colloquia include (but are not limited to):

      - Linguistic imperialism and bilingualism of minorities in Europe
      - Migration and bilingualism
      - European Union: Old and New - Common and specific linguistic arrangements
      in old and new Member States
      - Areas of citizenship, human rights, equality, and the
      trans-national/international nature of the Deaf community
      - The EU and the protection of linguistic minorities

      Location of the conference:

      This is the first time an ICML conference is held in an East-Central
      European country after the Eastern Enlargement of the European Union. The
      conference in Pécs, Hungary, will be the first ICML conference in the
      region. A historical town, Pécs is located in the South-West of Hungary and
      has won to be the cultural capital of Europe in 2010. Due to its
      geographical location and cultural position, Pécs is an ideal bridge to
      neighboring non-EU member countries. Pécs is a bridge between the cultures
      of the Balkan and that of Western Europe and is a multicultural town itself
      with its nine minority local governments. In February 1994, the Gandhi
      Secondary School opened in Pécs. The school is not exclusively for Roma -
      one fifth of its students are Hungarian - nor is it formally an ethnic Roma
      school, but it does focus on Roma cultural issues and teaches both the
      Romani and Boyash languages. The town hosted the first national Roma
      festival in 2005.

      Call for Proposals:

      Proposals regarding original, previously unpublished research on minority
      languages are invited in three formats: colloquia, individual papers, and
      posters. Proposals should fall broadly within the conference theme.

      Proposals for colloquia:

      Colloquia are collections of paper presentations which relate to a narrowly
      defined topic of interest, and are offered in a 3-hour time block. Proposals
      for colloquia are limited to 700 words, and should include brief summaries
      of each of the papers to be included, along with paper titles and individual
      authors' names. Sufficient detail should be provided to allow peer reviewers
      to judge the scientific merit of the proposal. The person submitting a
      proposal for a colloquium is responsible for securing the permission and
      cooperation of all participants before the proposal is submitted. A chair
      for the session must also be identified. Although the proposals should be
      submitted in English, the language of the colloquia themselves may be chosen
      freely.

      The submission deadline for proposals for colloquia is September 30, 2006.
      Submissions should be sent to icml11prop@....

      Proposals for individual papers or posters:

      Please, submit by e-mail a one-page 450-word abstract of your paper or
      poster. Include your name, affiliation, address, phone and e-mail address at
      the end of your abstract. The abstract should include enough detail to allow
      reviewers to judge the scientific merits of the proposal. All abstracts will
      be reviewed anonymously by the members of the Academic Committee of ICML 11.
      We kindly ask you to attach to your abstract a short presentation of your
      professional activities (in third person singular form) - in maximally 150
      words. All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by the members of the
      Academic Committee of ICML 11.

      We will accept for presentation by each author: (a) a maximum of 1 first
      authored paper/poster, and (b) a maximum of 2 papers/posters in any
      authorship status. At the time of submission you will be asked whether you
      would like your abstract to be considered for a poster, a paper, or both.
      Oral papers will be allotted 30 minutes, allowing 20 minutes for
      presentation and 10 minutes for questions. Posters will be on display for a
      full day with two attended sessions during the day. The official language of
      the conference is English. The submission deadline for individual papers and
      posters is October 30, 2006. Submissions should be sent to
      icml11propnytud.hu.

      Acknowledgment of receipt of the abstract will be sent by email as soon as
      possible after receipt. You will receive notification of acceptance no later
      than March 15, 2007.

      Organizer institutions:

      - Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
      (http://www.nytud.hu )
      - Research Institute for Ethnic and National Minority Studies, Hungarian
      Academy of Sciences (http://www.mtaki.hu )
      - Faculty of Political and Legal Sciences, University of Pécs
      (http://www.law.pte.hu )

      Academic Committee:

      Dr. Csilla Bartha (Chair) - Eötvös Loránd University and Research Institute
      for Linguistics, HAS
      Professor Susan Gal - University of Chicago
      Professor Dr. Durk Gorter - Fryske Akademy and Universiteit van Amsterdam
      Professor Charlotte Hoffmann - University of Salford
      Professor Marilyn Martin-Jones - University of Wales (Aberystwyth)
      Dr. Anna Borbély - Research Institute for Linguistics, HAS
      Professor Miklós Kontra - University of Szeged and Research Institute for
      Linguistics, HAS
      Professor István Lanstyák - Comenius University, Bratislava

      Organizing Committee:

      Dr. Csilla Bartha - Eötvös Loránd University and Research Institute for
      Linguistics, HAS
      Dr. László Szarka - Director of Research Institute for National and Ethnic
      Minority Studies, HAS
      Professor István Kenesei - Director of Research Institute for Linguistics,
      HAS
      Professor Erzsébet Szalay Sándor - Dean of the Faculty of Political and
      Legal Sciences, University of Pécs
      Dr. Kinga Mandel - Research Institute for National and Ethnic Minority
      Studies, HAS (mandel@...)
      Dr. Balázs Vizi - Research Institute for National and Ethnic Minority
      Studies, HAS (vizi@...)
      Dr. Anna Borbély - Research Institute for Linguistics, HAS
      Judit Kuti - Research Institute for Linguistics, HAS (kutij@...)
      Brigitta Szabó - Faculty of Political and Legal Sciences, University of Pécs
      (brigitta@...)

      Further Information:

      Further details regarding ICML 11 will be available at the conference
      website,
      http://www.nytud.hu/icml11. Please visit the website periodically for
      regular
      updates.
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