[PLing] WG: IPrA panel on Responsibility, migration, and integration

Wodak, Ruth r.wodak at lancaster.ac.uk
Thu Jun 30 18:48:38 CEST 2016


Von: Jan-Ola Östman [mailto:janola.ostman at gmail.com]
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 30. Juni 2016 08:36

Dear friends and colleagues –

I have just been informed that a panel I suggested for the 2017 International Pragmatics Conference in Belfast next year has been accepted. In line with a suggestion from IPrA and the organizers not to restrict panels to in-groups and to close panels from anybody who might be interested to contribute, I decided not to ask you all beforehand whether you want to join, but rather send out a general invitation like this after the panel had been accepted.

This message is sent to people I think/know are interested in these issues, and I hereby cordially invite you to join this panel.

Below is the abstract that was accepted as a panel for the Belfast conference.

Please feel free to forward this message to anyone you know who might be interested in the topic of the panel.

After the abstract, I have added some practical information that you need to be aware of if you want to join the panel in Belfast.

Panel on “Responsibility, migration, and integration”
Organized by Jan-Ola Östman, University of Helsinki, Finland
e-mail: jan-ola.ostman at helsinki.fi<mailto:jan-ola.ostman at helsinki.fi> / janola.ostman at gmail.com<mailto:janola.ostman at gmail.com>
Because of the bewildering increase in the number of refugees that have been fleeing to Europe from locations further to the south and to the southeast, Europeans have over the last couple of years become more than fully aware of the dynamic force of migration that constantly takes place all over the world. Migration no doubt poses social, cultural, economic, juridical and political challenges, and despite the realization that we live in a linguistically globalized and superdiversed era, linguistic challenges are also constantly taking their toll in people’s quest to live together. And, indeed, pragmatic analyses, applied linguistic analyses, and sociologically attuned discourse analyses of (the linguistic effects of) intercultural contacts have been fruitfully carried out, unraveling ideological differences and challenges. But further pragmatically attuned ways of approaching the multifarious diversity need to be discussed and developed.
With this as a backdrop, the panel seeks to do three things.
(a) Theoretically, it wants to further develop the notion of “responsibility” in sociolinguistic analyses, in discourse analyses and in pragmatic analyses. The studies in Östman & Solin (2016) show that in order to be able to discuss (linguistic) agency and role-relationships in discourse, we need to develop more dynamic notions in addition to those discussed under ideology (cf. Verschueren 2012). One such pertinent notion is “responsibility”, and the panel will further develop the implications of taking this perspective on language use, including issues of identity construction, appropriation, and intervention.
(b) Empirically, the task is to collect data from migration in various parts of the world and from contacts in different kinds of speech communities in order to get a deeper understanding of the challenges that integration (or rather, “contegration”) faces linguistically and pragmatically. For instance, how do processes differ in rural areas vs. in urban areas; what parts do the (local and global) media play; how does naming (use of unofficial place names and choice of person names) affect integration; what pragmatic features (markers, particles, prosody) are (typically) picked up by newcomers and how does integration affect the (language of the) receiving communities; and, in particular, how can a refined tool like “responsibility” help us better understand what we see as (socio)linguistic realizations.
(c) Practically, new avenues are sought for how to approach newly established contact communities in practice. How can we as linguists take responsibility for developing new and better methods to give advice to contact communities where language challenges are topmost on the agenda. This includes developing or discussing pragmatically attuned language teaching methods – immersion, CLIL, parallel language use – that take as their point of departure responsibility, and fostering discussions of how to best cope with integration into a state’s minority or dialect communities.
The panel invites scholars from different parts of the world who address one or several of the issues in (a-c), where the/some concept of “responsibility” can be shown to play a role. Although empirical data is at the center of the panel, theoretical (sociological/philosophical/semantic) discussions of responsibility and its relation to ideology, identity, ethics, morality, and accountability are also invited.
This is an open call for papers, where diversity in the language communities dealt with will be given special attention.
Ideally, and maximally, the panel will consist of four 90-minute sessions, one on general issues relating to “responsibility” in discourse, two on analyses of empirical data on migration and integration (possibly one session on European challenges and one on other areas), and one on responsibility in practice.
Östman, Jan-Ola & Anna Solin, eds., 2016. Discourse and responsibility in professional settings. Sheffield: Equinox.
Verschueren, Jef, 2012. Ideology in language use. Cambridge University Press.


The 15th International Pragmatics Conference (IPrA2017) will be held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 16-21 July 2017 at the Belfast Waterfront Conference Center. For further information, visit http://ipra.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=.CONFERENCE15&n=1510

According to the conference instructions, the organizer of a panel is free to decide on suitable contributions. In practice, this means that I will be responsible for the quality of the contributions in the panel (i.e. I decide what is accepted for the panel). So please be in touch with me as soon as possible if you are interested in contributing.

Please note, though, that by October 15, 2016 ALL abstracts need to be submitted separately by individual contributors. And in order to do that, there are a number of formal requirements that need to be fulfilled, the most important being that the submission of a proposal presupposes IPrA membership, and that all submission procedures are web-based. (For further information, please see the IPrA web-site or ask me.)

Looking very much forward to hearing from you and hoping you will be interested in contributing to the panel.

All the very best –


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