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Language in the Media 4: Second Call for Papers (November 15)

2nd Call for papers
4th International Language in the Media Conference
Language(?) in the Media(?): Rethinking the Field
Monday 6th to Wednesday 8th June 2011
University of Limerick, Ireland

Keynote speakers

Mike Cormack (Sabhal Mòr Ostaigh, UK)
Nikolas Coupland (Cardiff University, UK)
Sari Pietikäinen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Kathryn Woolard (University of California, San Diego, USA)

This is the fourth in a series of international conferences organized around the role of the media in relation to the representation, construction and/or production of language. Following on from the previous three conferences, the fourth language in the media conference seems like a good occasion to take stock of our focus and revisit some of our basic concepts. Given the mundanity of media as an unremarkable and integrated part of everyday life, does it still make sense to delineate particular domains and activities as ‘media’? Similarly, given the inherent multimodality of contemporary media and the continuing deconstruction of ‘language’ as a monolithic concept within sociolinguistics, can and should we continue to mark out and focus on a particular set of practices as ‘language’, and if so, how? With these questions in mind, we invite you to submit abstracts for papers which explore the representation, construction and/or production of language in the media, but in a way which questions and problematises both ‘language’ and ‘media’. One particular area which seems to be ripe for this type of rethinking is that of minority languages and media, and given the location of the conference in Ireland and the interests of the local organisers, we would like to call in particular for papers which address this topic in an innovative and paradigm-shifting way. Alongside this particular focus, the 2011 conference will continue to prioritize papers which address: standard languages and language standards; literacy policy and literacy practices; language acquisition; multilingualism and cross-/inter-cultural communication; language and communication in professional contexts; language and class, dis/ability, race/ethnicity, gender/sexuality and age; media representations of speech, thought and writing; language and education; political discourse; language, commerce and global capitalism.

Outline programme:

Monday 6th June Tuesday 7th June Wednesday 8th June
10.00-12.00 Registration 12.00-13.00 Lunch 13.00 Conference Opening 13.30-14.30 Plenary 1 14.30-15.30 Parallel Sessions 15.30-16.00 Coffee 16.00-18.00 Parallel Sessions 18.00-19.30 Free time 19.30 Barbeque dinner in Stables club 9.00-10.00 Plenary 2 10.00-10.30 Coffee 10.30-12.00 Parallel Sessions 12.00-13.00 Lunch 13.00-15.00 Parallel Sessions 15.00-15.30 Coffee 15.30-17.00 Parallel sessions 17.00-18.00 Plenary 3 18.00-19.30 Free time 19.30 Depart for Dolans for dinner and traditional music session 9.00-10.00 Plenary 4 10.00-10.30 Coffee 10.30-12.30 Parallel Sessions 12.30-13.30 Lunch Close of conference
Conference fees:Fee includes: lunches (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday), dinner (Monday and Tueday), refreshments, book of abstracts, conference bag, internet password etc.

Early registration (by 31 March): 200 euros
Late registration (on/after 1 April): 240 euros
Early registration (students): 180 euros
Late registration (students): 220 euros

All rooms are en suite and rate includes breakfast: 58 euros per night (early registration plus 3 nights accommodation = 374 euros)
If you are coming to Europe for the ISB Symposium, why not stay on in Ireland for a few extra days to travel, work, etc. You can book your room for additional days before / after conference at the rate of 58 euros per night (please book early for this option).

Registration: Registration will open shortly.

Travel: A number of Airlines fly direct to Shannon Airport from locations in UK, USA and continental Europe. Alternatively, you can fly to Dublin Airport and travel to Limerick by train/bus or by connecting flight with Aer Lingus. Here are some useful links:

Shannon Airport
Dublin Airport
Aer Lingus
Iarnród Éireann/Irish Rail
Bus Éireann
Kavanaghs Bus (travels direct from Dublin Airport to University of Limerick)

Abstracts: Please submit abstracts for papers to no later than 15th November 2010. Abstracts should include a title, your contact details (name, mailing address, email) and a description of your paper (250-350 words). Conference website: . Please direct any queries to