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Call for Papers for Special Issue of Language Learning & Technology

Call for Papers for Special Issue of LLT

Theme: Technology and the Less Commonly Taught Languages

Special Issue Editor: Irene Thompson

This special issue of Language Learning & Technology will focus on the role played by educational technologies in the learning and teaching of LCTLs (i.e., languages other than the traditionally taught Western European languages such as English, French, German, and Spanish). Currently, less than ten percent of students enrolled in foreign language courses in the US study languages such as Arabic, Farsi, Pashto, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese, Swahili, Yoruba, and other languages critically important to US national interests. These languages are typologically different from English and are often written in non-Roman scripts requiring extended seat time to attain a working proficiency. With instruction often not offered at all, offered on an irregular basis, or available only at the elementary levels, technology presents a wide range of opportunities to develop and deliver instructional materials and methodologies based on sound empirical research.

Please consult the LLT Website for general guidelines on submission ( and research (

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

* empirical studies of the impact of CALL-based materials on the acquisition of speaking, listening, reading, writing, vocabulary, or grammar skills at various levels of proficiency in a range of LCTLs

* intergration of authentic Internet-based materials into LCTL courses, particularly at the intermediate and advanced levels

* uses of CMC to promote interactive speaking and writing in a range of LCTLs

* studies of the effectiveness of various technological tools in improving pronunciation or listening in a range of LCTLs, particularly those with tonal systems

* studies of the uses of technology in the acquisition of non-Roman scripts or in reading non-Roman scripts (e.g., Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, and Russian)

* uses of various types of media in LCTL teacher education

* uses of CMC to promote online intercultural exchanges

* evaluation of uses of technology in self-directed study of LCTLs

* uses of videoconferencing either for distance learning or for adding remote classes to live LCTL classes

Please send letter of intent and 250-word abstract by June 1, 2011 to

Publication timeline:

* June 1, 2011: Submission deadline for abstracts
* June 15, 2011: Invitation to authors to submit a manuscript
* November 1, 2011: Submission deadline for manuscripts
* February 1, 2013: Publication of special issue

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CFP: 6th Meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society (France), Abstract Deadline April 10

Call for papers

The Sixth Annual Meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society
Université de Provence, Aix-Marseille I, France
1-3 September 2011

We invite you to submit an abstract for the sixth meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society, to be held on 1-3 September, 2011 at the Université de Provence, in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Keynote speakers:
Greville Corbett (University of Surrey)
Paul Garde (Université de Provence)
Marguerite Guiraud-Weber (Université de Provence)
Jack Feuillet (INALCO, Paris)
Vladimir Plungian (Institute of Linguistics, Moscow)
Zygmunt Saloni (Uniwersytet Warszawski)
Lea Sawicki (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Daniel Weiss (Universität Zürich)

The purpose of the Slavic Linguistic Society is to create a community of students and scholars interested in Slavic linguistics in its broadest sense, that is systematic and scholarly study of the Slavic languages and of the contact between Slavic and non-Slavic languages. The Society aspires to be as open and inclusive as possible; no school, framework, approach, or theory is presupposed, nor is there any restriction in terms of geography, academic affiliation or status.

Papers dealing with any aspect of Slavic linguistics as understood above and within any framework are appropriate, including sociolinguistics, computational linguistics, language acquisition, etc. The only restriction is that all papers should address an issue pertaining to Slavic linguistics as defined above. We encourage everyone to participate and ask you to share this announcement with as many colleagues and students as possible. In view of the openness of our orientation, all papers are expected to be readily intelligible to other scholars, regardless of theoretical orientation.

Extended deadline for abstracts: 10 April 2011.

All abstracts (“SLS_2011_NAME.doc” or “.docx”) should contain the following
(i) title of the paper;
(ii) name of author(s);
(iii) author’s institution;
(iv) author’s e-mail address;
(v) 3-5 key words;
(vi) abstract of the paper (no required lengh);
(vii) bibliography.

Abstracts are invited for 30-minute slots (20-minute presentation plus 10 minutes for discussion).
Selected participants will be notified by the 1st of May 2011.
Conference languages: English, French, and Slavic Languages.
Conference fees: 20 Euros for students (with a valid student ID), 50 Euros for SLS members, 60 Euros for others.
Fees can be payed in cash at the conference registration.

Conference will be held at the Université de Provence, 29 avenue Robert Schuman, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France.
Conference Homepage:
Conference Email: (with a copy to
About Aix-en-Provence (travel information, etc.):

We also invite you to visit the Society’s webpage:

The organizing committee,
Irina Kor Chahine (Maître de conférences de linguistique russe)
Charles Zaremba (Professeur de linguistique slave)

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Call for Papers: Inaugural Conference in Romani Studies, University of California-Berkeley, Abrstract Deadline April 25

Inaugural Conference in Romani Studies
University of California-Berkeley
November 10th, 2011

In preparation for the inaugural Romani Studies Conference at the University of California, Berkeley this November, we seek papers within the burgeoning field of Romani Studies. By examining and exploring the various strategies by which Roma have represented themselves and others, both in dialogue with and apart from the larger societies in which they live, the Inaugural Conference in Romani Studies seeks to support the continued development of this rapidly-growing field. We seek new studies of the uses of Romani images in non-Roma cultures, contemporary social and political issues facing Romani communities across the globe, and Roma-related research in the fields of music, literature, film studies, religious studies, genocide studies, art history, anthropology, history, sociology, linguistics, women and gender studies, and political science, among many others.

This conference is supported by University of California, Berkeley’s Institute for Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies in partnership with the Institute for European Studies through an initiative of the Jewish Studies Program. The conference’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Ian Hancock, Director of the Program in Romani Studies and the Romani Archives and Documentation Center at the University of Texas, Austin.

Please submit abstracts and any questions to Anna Torres at by *April 25th, 2011*.

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CfP: “Identity and Community after the Cold War Era”, University of Kansas, Proposal Deadline March 1

“Identity and Community after the Cold War Era”
August 25-27, 2011
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

The last two decades have witnessed the confluence of many different kinds of radical change-the demise of communism as a force in politics, the resurgence of religious community, the emergence of global warming as a major challenge to traditional economies and communities, and the innovative growth of technology. Concepts of community have been radically altered. Maps, borders, governments, and alliances have shifted. The World Wide Web came into being, bringing with it major changes in cultural ritual, self-perception, and community-building. The universalist ideologies characteristic of modernity have retreated, replaced by some older concepts of identity and community. In many parts of the world new versions of traditional religions have emerged as mass forces. The arts and architecture have experienced a shift in focus and form.

The combined area and international studies centers at the University of Kansas (African; East Asian; Latin American; Russian, East European, and Eurasian; Global and International Studies) invite 200-word proposals for papers in both Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as History and Sociology of the Natural Sciences, that address issues of “Identity and Community after the Cold War Era.” We seek papers focusing on a specific world area or country; interdisciplinary and trans-regional proposals are also welcome.

The goal of the conference is to describe, examine, and understand the various areas and kinds of shift that have happened since the late 1980s and to attempt a complex model of the world humanity now inhabits.

Possible topics might include but are not limited to concepts of identity and community informing:
* post-communist arts/literature/architecture
* concepts of ideal space/utopia/built environment
* history and memory
* political, cultural, and social implications of the internet
* new states, new alliances
* language and shifts in consciousness
* party formation/deformation
* borders, centers, peripheries
* religious alliances/communities
* meanings and uses of national identity
* censorship

A volume of selected conference papers is planned.

Please send your proposal and updated c.v. by March 1, 2011, to: Put in the subject header of your email: August 25-27 conference proposal

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CfP: Workshop on the Sociolinguistics of Language Endangerment, Linguistic Society of America 2011 Summer Institute, Abstract Deadline March 31


This workshop will discuss and analyze the major sociolinguistic factors in the process of language endangerment. This will take the form of presentations on particular communities from an insider and outsider perspective, as well as overview presentations on specific types of endangerment factors. We will also attempt to provide some examples of successful language maintenance and revitalization strategies.

SoLE-1 was held at the School of Oriental and African Studies on 27 June 2009, and selected papers from that conference appear in Anthropological Linguistics 52/2 (2010).

The SoLE-2 workshop is sponsored by the Comité International Permanent des Linguistes and is organized by the CIPL Professor in the 2011 LSA Summer Institute, David Bradley.

The workshop will comprise invited presentations and a summary panel discussion session on Saturday July 30. The planned list of invited speakers includes David Bradley, La Trobe U; James Cowell, U of Colorado; Pierpaolo diCarlo, SUNY Buffalo; Lise Dobrin, U of Virginia; Arienne Dwyer, U of Kansas; Lenore Grenoble, U of Chicago; Barbra Meek, U of Michigan; and Ofelia Zepeda, U of Arizona. The examples will be drawn primarily from the Americas, Asia, the Pacific and Africa, but talks on languages of other areas are also welcome.

Abstracts are now invited for presentations on Sunday July 31, either in 15-minute talks or in poster form. These should be sent by March 31, 2011 to David Bradley at and speakers will be advised by May 15, 2011 whether their presentations have been accepted.

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Panel on “Islam and International Relations: Mutual Perceptions,” 2011 MESA Conference, Deadline February 15

Call for paper proposals for the proposed panel on “Islam and International Relations: Mutual Perceptions” for the 2011 MESA Conference (1-4 December 2011, Washington DC).

Dear Colleagues,


I would like to invite you to contribute a research/study paper for the panel on “Islam and International Relations: Mutual Perceptions” for the coming MESA annual conference. The deadline for submission of panel proposals is on 15 February 2011. Please read the abstract of the panel below.

For a very long time, the Muslim world was regarded as an outsider from the cultural and normative pretext and state relations of the West. Even during the reign of the Ottoman Empire, scholars of International Relations (IR) excluded her as a subordinated non-ally or stealth ally of major European powers. It is now apparent that there is an imperative motivation why Islamic discourses gradually dominate contemporary international relations and events, e.g. Palestinian question, Iranian nuclear issue, Arab oil, gas and Turkish water resources, rise of extremist movements, terrorism, post-war Afghanistan and Iraq, tensions in the Maghreb countries, Sudanese conflict, Muslim rebels in Southeast Asia, and how all of these events affect the West in a theory-praxis spectrum.
If IR scholars and members of the English School of International Relations were able to associate and converge their thoughts on conceptualizing International Relations with Christianity, this is of course majority of them are Christians. Then, it is a precedent and an indication that along the strand of the Abrahamic Faiths Islam is putatively feasible and probable to understand and interpret IR.
The objectives of the panel are to show juxtaposed positions of mutual perceptions between Islam and IR based on conceived notions of sensitive conceptions like sovereignty, state, human rights, gender, and etcetera, to eliminate deplorable and pejorative (mis)conceptions of IR scholars towards Islam and vice versa, and add or put Islam in the epitome of global discourse of international relations as a major causal factor that affects the behaviors of every actors in the international community particularly those which have interest and peculiar relations with the Muslim world. The panel will examine two outstanding inquiries that will guide the panel in hoping to find, discover or create patterns of tangency. Questions below magnify the totality of where the panel will lead at and to what extent it is presented and analyze.
1. How International Relations scholars perceived the field of Islam?
2. How Islamic scholars (Muslims or non-Muslims) perceived the field of IR?
The organizer humbly hopes that through this panel, we may able to add to the realm of literature on how human races and civilizations are linked through intellectual, cultural, economical, and social exchanges particularly on the relations between the East (Islam) and the West (International Relations).

Kindly please send your abstract (200 to 400 words) and a short one-page CV to before 15 February 2011.


Nassef Adiong
PhD student in International Relations
Middle East Technical University,
Ankara, Turkey

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26th Annual Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Conference, University of Chicago, Deadline February 20


— Mutual Perceptions —


26th Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference

University of Chicago, May 13–14, 2011

Just a reminder: there are about ten days left to get in your abstracts!

We are pleased to invite graduate students and faculty to submit papers for the 26th Annual Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Conference, to be held May 13–14, 2011, at the University of Chicago. We welcome a broad range of submissions from across the disciplines, including (but not limited to) anthropology, art history, cinema and media studies, history, literature, sociology, philosophy, gender studies, development, and religion, and dealing with any topic that involves the Middle East from the 7th century onwards.

Those wishing to participate should send a 250-word abstract to the conference organizers at by February 20, 2011.

We will consider both individual papers and pre-arranged themed panels; the latter is especially encouraged. More information about the conference and the application process can be viewed at our website: Feel free to email us with any questions you have.

Thanks, and we look forward to reading your submissions!

MEHAT 2011 Coordinators

Cam Lindley-Cross
Feryal Salem
Shayna Silverstein
Mohamad Ballan

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CfP: The Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Association (SCLA) Conference, Abstract Deadline April 8

American University (Washington, DC, USA) and the Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Association present

October 14-16, 2011
American University (Washington, DC, USA)

The Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Association (SCLA) announces the Call for Papers for the 2011 annual conference. The conference will be held on the campus of American University (Washington, DC, USA) on Friday, October 14 through Sunday, October 16, 2011.

Keynote speakers:

Gilles Fauconnier, UC San Diego
Jacques Moeschler, Université de Genève
Naomi Baron, American University

Abstracts are invited for presentations addressing issues of significance for cognitive linguistics with some bearing on data from the Slavic languages. As long as there is a cognitive orientation, papers may be on synchronic or diachronic topics in any of the traditional areas of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse analysis, or sociolinguistics. In addition to the Slavic Languages, relevant papers on other languages of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union are also acceptable.

Abstracts may be submitted up until the deadline of April 8, 2011 to Abstracts should be approximately 500 words, but strict word limits are not required. Notification of acceptance will be provided by May 31, 2011. The abstract should be submitted as a word or pdf file as an attachment to an email message with “SCLC abstract submission” in the subject headline. Abstracts should be anonymous, but the author’s name, affiliation and contact information should be included in the email message.

Most presentations at SCLC are given in English, but may be in the native (Slavic) language of the presenter. However, if the presentation is not to be made in English we ask that you provide an abstract in English in addition to an abstract in any other SCLA language. Each presentation will be given 20 minutes and will be followed by a 10-minute discussion period.

Information on transportation, accommodations, and the conference venue will be forthcoming. Please see the conference website for further information.

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CfP: Conference “Media, Poverty and Social Exclusion”, University of Novi Sad, Abstract Deadline March 15

Conference “Media, Poverty and Social Exclusion”
University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia, 7 May 2011

Deadline for submission of abstracts (250 words): March 15, 2011

This event is organized by the Department of Media Studies, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad within the project Media Discourse on Poverty and Social Exclusion, funded by the Regional Research Promotion Programme in the Western Balkans of the University of Fribourg and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Mass media have the potential to act either as facilitators of dialogue leading to social change or, in the opposite direction, as a key force for preservation of the status quo. In contemporary societies, the concept of poverty is being replaced by the concept of social exclusion – a complex, multidimensional issue that includes not only economic deprivation but also limitations in access to labour market, educational and health services. Exclusion in this sense is strongly related to the lack of participation and representation, which in modern times is achieved primarily through mass media.

Papers on the following kinds of topic will be especially welcome:
* Media discourse about poverty and socially excluded groups;
* Textual and visual representations of socially excluded groups;
* Cross-discursive analysis of poverty and social exclusion (e.g. Poverty and Globalization, Poverty and Europeanization);
* Ideological layers in discourse about poverty and socially excluded groups;
* Mediated articulations of social inequalities in Western Balkan societies;
* Multiple discrimination and social exclusion discourses;
* The media role in poverty alleviation;
* The potential of Internet to become an alternative channel of articulation of social needs and interest;
* Functions and effects of Internet based campaigns and projects on poverty reduction and social inclusion.

Participation and registration
Please send abstracts of 250 words max. via email to the organizers ( with the subject line “Media and Poverty and Social Exclusion”. Submissions should contain a title page with the title of the presentation, names and contact data of all authors. Please send one document containing title page and abstract in a word file, and be sure to remove all author identification from the abstract itself, as proposals will be submitted into blind peer review.

Deadline for submission is March 15, 2011.
Participants will be notified about results by April 5, 2011.

There is no conference fee. Participants will make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation and the organizers will provide lunch and coffee breaks on the day of the conferences.

With the support of the Regional Research Promotional Programme in the Western Balkans, the organizer will provide funding for travel and accommodation for maximum 10 participants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Montenegro.

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CfP: 31st Annual Slavic Forum, University of Chicago, Abstract Deadline February 28

Revised Call for Papers for the 31st Annual Slavic Forum

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at The
University of Chicago is pleased to announce our upcoming graduate
student conference, the 31st Annual Slavic Forum, centered on post-
WW II questions in Eastern European and Slavic cultures. This year
the conference will take place on Friday, May 13th and Saturday, May
14th, 2011. The conference will consist of formal panels, informal
roundtables, and a keynote lecture.

We invite abstracts for individual papers, 20 minutes in length, from
Master’s or Ph.D. students in Slavic studies and related fields,
including linguistics, literature, history, gender studies, art history,
music, theater arts, film, as well as any other disciplines related to
the topic of the conference. The Slavic Forum committee will
organize panels following the acceptance of papers to the

Papers accepted to the 31st Annual Slavic Forum will be published in
an electronic collection of working papers from the conference. A
style sheet will be distributed following the acceptance of papers to
the conference and authors will be given a chance to revise their
papers and include comments from the conference prior to

The revised deadline for all abstract proposals is February 28th,
2011. Please send a brief abstract (300 words or less) and a short
bio to and
Examples and references are not included in the word count. Please
include your name and affiliation at the top of the abstract but not in
the body, so that we may make them anonymous for refereeing and
easily identify them afterwards. All abstracts will be refereed and
participants will be notified by mid-March. Please also note any
equipment that might be needed for the presentation. The Slavic
Forum committee will strive to meet all equipment needs, but cannot
make any guarantees due to budget limits.

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