CFP: The Sociolinguistics of Globalization: (De)centring and (de)standardization

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The Sociolinguistics of Globalization: (De)centring and (de)standardization
The University of Hong Kong, 3-6 June 2015

Extended deadline: 20 October 2014

Following on a decade from the Language & Global Communication conference held at Cardiff University (2005), the sociolinguistics of globalization has emerged and developed as an important, interdisciplinary programme of research. Much excellent work has broadened our understanding of the role of language in the representation, manifestation and spread of the ideologies and material processes of globalization. We invite a reflection and re-assessment of these issues. Specifically, as suggested in the subtitle of the conference, we propose to focus on issues of spatial and symbolic mobility, change and paradigmatic state of flux that appear to characterize much of contemporary social life. With the social, cultural, political and economic processes continuing to destabilize traditional ‘centres’ and normativities, we are interested in identifying new, emerging regimes of language, dominant language ideologies, and the resources that are deployed to maintain and to subvert these ideologies.

We continue asking two fundamental and interrelated questions: How are we to continue theorizing language and communication under globalization? How can sociolinguistic theory shed new light on our understanding of globalization?

The topics of the papers, colloquia and plenaries include, but are not limited to, the following key themes:

  • communities, networks, groups and individuals
  • organizations, institutions, collectives
  • time and place
  • hubs, margins and peripheries
  • nodes and trajectories
  • work and leisure
  • war and peace
  • heart and mind
  • love and hate
  • thinking beyond the binaries
  • the commodification of social life
  • crisis? what crisis?
  • occupy and activism
  • resources
  • superdiversity, class, privilege
  • creativity, reproduction, appropriation
  • legitimacy, censorship, contestation and (self-) reflexivity
  • mobilities, cultures of (im)mobility and displacement
  • singularity and normativity
  • mediations and mediatizations
  • embodied and multisensory communication
  • affect, pleasure, sensuality
  • technologies, environments, futures
  • art and performance
  • rituals and spectacles

Plenary Speakers

  • PROFESSOR NIKOLAS COUPLAND, University of Technology, Sydney and Copenhagen University
  • PROFESSOR MICHELLE LAZAR, National University of Singapore
  • PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER STROUD, University of the Western Cape
  • PROFESSOR KATHRYN WOOLARD, University of California, San Diego

We invite abstract submissions for the following types of contributions:

  • INDIVIDUAL PAPERS: 30 minutes including 10 minutes for discussion.
  • COLLOQUIA: to consist of 4-8 individual papers.

Proposals for colloquia should include one abstract outlining the theme and rationale of the colloquium and individual abstracts for all papers to be presented in the colloquium. Colloquia organizers are welcome to post a call for abstracts on the conference website by sending the title and a brief description of the colloquium to the organizers at Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo..


  • 1st call for papers – September 2013
  • 2nd call for papers – February 2014
  • Submission of abstracts opens – 1 July 2014
  • Submission of abstracts closes – 30 September 2014
  • Notification of acceptance – January 2015
  • Registration opens – January 2015
  • Conference takes place 3–6 June 2015

Organizing Committee

The Conference is organized by The School of English, The University of Hong Kong

  • Katherine Chen
  • Adam Jaworski (Chair)
  • Agnes Kang
  • Lisa Lim
  • Adrian Pablé


The Sociolinguistics of Globalization 2015
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