Rubdy & Ben Said: Conflict, Exclusion and Dissent in the Linguistic Landscape

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rubdy bensaidRubdy, Rani & Ben Said, Selim (eds.). Conflict, Exclusion and Dissent in the Linguistic Landscape, Palgrave Macmillan.

This book focuses on the linguistic landscape as a site of conflict, exclusion, and dissent arising from mechanisms of language policy, language politics and language hierarchies. It examines the way language can be used in particular ideologies to marginalize and conceal other language and as a vehicle for social contestation, impacting local communities as well as the vitality of certain sociolinguistic groups.

The chapters engage with exclusion, covering broad socio-historical, economic, political and ideological issues that go much beyond language dimensions, such as the Occupy movement and the Arab Spring. The case studies highlight the role of the linguistic landscape where words and images can demonstrate the tension between the dominance of global capitalism and the grassroots reactions of local communities contending for visibility, social justice and economic and political survival. The book argues that concern with this aspect of the linguistic landscape helps forge links between landscape, identity, social order and power.

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First International Academy for Conversation Analysis (IACA16)

Publicado en Cursos y estudios

iaca16International Academy for Conversation Analysis (IACA16)
July 11 to 14, 2016, in Groningen, the Netherlands

Registration deadline: 15th October 2015 (16.00 hours CET)


With the support of ISCA (the International Society for Conversation Analysis), the Language and Social Interaction group of the University of Groningen.

IACA16 will take place in between two ICCA-conferences (2014 and 2018) and will have a focus on the research process rather than on research output. The academy is meant for CA researchers in all career stages, including PhD students. It will offer members of the CA community an environment to learn from each other about analytical choices, modes of analytical reasoning, and the different technologies that may support CA research.

Workshop leaders (confirmed):
Geoffrey Raymond (University of California, Santa Barbara)     
Paul Drew (University of Loughborough) & Merran Toerien (University of York)
Lorenza Mondada (University of Basel)     
Jeffrey Robinson (Portland State University)
   
Plenary speakers (confirmed):
Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen (University of Helsinki)
Anita Pomerantz (University of Albany)

Further information: http://www.iaca16.nl/

La mentira os hará libres

Publicado en En voz alta

Enrique Martin Criado

Por Enrique Martín Criado
Profesor en el departamento de Ciencias Sociales de la Universidad Pablo Olavide, Sevilla

 

¿Qué es un “falso refugiado”? ¿Qué textos y relatos ha de presentar para que se considere su historia como “verdadera”? Son algunas de las cuestiones que nos plantea Gérard Noiriel en su libroRéfugiés et sans-papiers. La République face au droit d’asile, XIXe-XXe siècle. Allí muestra cómo, en las últimas décadas en Francia, se ha establecido una división del trabajo en la gestión de los refugiados: ante cada nueva crisis humanitaria, los políticos hacen grandes discursos sobre solidaridad y derechos humanos, al tiempo que encargan a los funcionarios que filtren con severidad todas las demandas de asilo para acoger al menor número posible. La farsa del discurso grandilocuente se sostiene mediante un gigantesco aparato burocrático de detección de supuestos mentirosos.

En un capítulo analiza las cartas que escriben los demandantes de asilo en Francia. Estas cartas –a veces complementadas por entrevistas personales-, junto a las pruebas escritas que aporten, son los indicios a partir de los que las autoridades deciden si se trata de un “verdadero” o “falso” refugiado, si se le concede o deniega el asilo. Dos elementos son cruciales para la decisión: que se prueben la identidad y la persecución política. Para lo primero se exigen documentos de identidad y certificados –algo de lo que carecen en muchos casos los que han tenido que huir apresuradamente por temor a ser masacrados; además, en muchos países la burocratización es mucho menor que la europea-. Para lo segundo no suele haber pruebas escritas: como señala con sarcasmo Noiriel, los torturadores no suelen expedir certificados de los servicios rendidos. En este caso, lo esencial es el relato: contar una buena historia se convierte en cuestión de vida o muerte –especialmente porque la inmensa mayoría de las demandas se rechazan-.

Lecturer in Social Psychology - Loughborough University

Publicado en Becas y empleo

LoughboroughLecturer in Social Psychology
Loughborough University
School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences

Closes: 14th September 2015

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Social Psychology group in the interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University. The Department of Social Sciences is internationally renowned for its excellence in research, teaching and enterprise, and is consistently ranked in research assessments as one of the best social sciences departments in the UK. At the last REF, the Social Psychology group formed an important part of the department's highly successful submission in the area of Communication, Cultural and Media Studies: no other institution recorded as many world-leading publications in this area as Loughborough. The members of the Social Psychology group have long felt the benefit of being in a long established, intellectually vibrant inter-disciplinary department.

The Social Psychology group are looking for outstanding candidates to apply for a permanent lectureship commencing 4th January 2016. The successful candidate will contribute to the delivery and development of our BPS-accredited BSc degree programmes (Social Psychology, and Psychology with Criminology).

Candidates are expected to have a completed PhD in psychology, an active research profile, the clear potential to contribute to the Department's research culture, and a strong commitment to high quality teaching in an HE environment. We invite applications from candidates with research and teaching interests in one or more of the following: social psychology; language, discourse and communication; and research methods.