Inside and beyond binaries


13-16 July 2022  -  Ghent

Theme & Speakers

The conference theme is Inside and Beyond Binaries. According to some, we live in increasingly polarized worlds. Which are the binary distinctions – cf. “marked/unmarked” - that can be noted in sociolinguistic enquiry, its history of developments, and how have these been instrumental in pushing the discipline’s social, linguistic and interventionist agendas forward? At the same time, critiques of binary thinking itself have been formulated at various stages: a logic of seemingly stable oppositions often stifles debate, contributes to the cultivation of insurmountable gaps, invites scientific reductionism, and hinders rather than foster inclusiveness. Presenters at SS24 are encouraged to address how the conference theme is relevant for their specific research niche, or sociolinguistics more generally. In addition to the conference theme, tradition has it that sociolinguistics symposia are committed to hosting papers and colloquia in any area of sociolinguistic enquiry.

We proudly announce the keynote plenaries who have confirmed:

Nana Aba Appiah Amfo

Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo
Professor of Linguistics at the University of Ghana

Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo specializes in language use in specific domains, such as language and gender, language and health, language and religion, and language and migration. Her recent articles have appeared in journals such as International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Current Issues in Language Planning and Communication & Medicine. Her current project titled Language and communication in specific domains: Negotiating multilingualism and constructing identities is sponsored by the Andrew Mellon Foundation. She is the Pro Vice-Chancellor responsible for Academic and Student Affairs at her University.

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Jürgen Jaspers

Prof. Jürgen Jaspers
Professor of Dutch Linguistics, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium

Jürgen Jaspers is Professor of Dutch Linguistics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium. He studied Germanic languages and obtained his PhD in 2004 from the University of Antwerp, where he was Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the Flemish Research Foundation and part-time Lecturer before moving to his current post. He graduated as drama teacher at the Toneelacademie Maastricht (NL) in 2009. He publishes widely on classroom interaction, urban multilingualism, and language ideology, and is the editor of special issues and book volumes, including, recently, Critical perspectives on linguistic fixity and fluidity (2019, Routledge, with Lian Malai Madsen).

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Philippe Hambye

Prof. Philippe Hambye
Professor of French linguistics at the University of Louvain (UCLouvain), Belgium

Philippe Hambye is Full Professor at the Institute for Language and Communication (UCLouvain).
His research in sociolinguistics and discourse analysis aims at discovering the role language plays in symbolic domination and hence in the reproduction of power relationships and social hierarchies. His work mainly regards language ideologies in the French-speaking area, language practices in education and at work, language policies, and political and media discourses.

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Rodney H. Jones

Prof. Rodney H. Jones
Professor of Sociolinguistics at the University of Reading, UK

Prof. Jones’ research interests include language and digital media, health communication, and language and sexuality. He has published thirteen books and over eighty journal articles and book chapters. Among his recent publications are Spoken Discourse (Bloomsbury, 2016), Language and Media: A resource book for students (Routledge, 2020), and Understanding Digital Literacies: A practical introduction 2nd edition (Routledge, 2021). He is also the editor of the Routledge Handbook of Language and Creativity (Routledge, 2016). He is particularly interested in the ways media are changing norms and practices around visuality, sexual intimacy, and surveillance.

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Isabelle Léglise

Prof. Isabelle Léglise
Directrice de Recherche in Linguistics at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris, France

Isabelle Léglise is head of the Federation of Centers on Social Sciences in the Global South and cohead of the CNRS-IRD-INALCO SeDyL Center. The last 20 years, she has been engaged in research projects and scientific cooperation in French Guiana, Surinameand Brazil, more recently Cambodia, with a special focus on multilingualism related to migration and educational issues. She published widely on contact linguistics and variation, multilingual practices, heterogeneous corpora, discourse analysis and language policy related to education and health in postcolonial settings.

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Alexandra N. Lenz

Director, Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage (ACDH-CH) Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria
Full Professor of German Linguistics, University of Vienna, Department of German Studies, Vienna, Austria

Alexandra N. Lenz is acting director of the ‘Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage’ at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and professor of German Linguistics at the University of Vienna. She has been Speaker of the Special Research Programme ‘German in Austria. Variation – Contact – Perception’ (since 2016), as well as leader of three of its eight project parts. The focal point of her research lies in the areas of socio and variationist linguistics (focus on phonology, syntax and lexis), dialectology, research into language attitudes, language change, and digital humanities.

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Erez Levon

Professor of Sociolinguistics, Center for the Study of Language and Society, University of Bern, Switzerland

Erez Levon is Professor of Sociolinguistics and Director of the Center for the Study of Language and Society at the University of Bern. Erez’s research focuses on how people produce and perceive socially meaningful patterns of variation in language. He is particularly interested in how variation signals group membership and social positioning and, relatedly, in the relationship between language and broader structures of social inequality. To date, Erez has examined these issues primarily as they relate to gender, sexuality, social class and national belonging, and using a combination of quantitative, qualitative and experimental methods. More information on Erez’s research can be found on his website.

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Angela Reyes

Prof. Angela Reyes
Professor, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center, NY, USA

Angela Reyes is Professor in the Department of English at Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY), and Doctoral Faculty in the Program in Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She works on theories of semiotics, racialization, and coloniality. Her research examines historical and contemporary formations of language and personhood in the U.S. and the Philippines. Her books include: Oxford Handbook of Language and Race (with H. Samy Alim and Paul V. Kroskrity), Discourse Analysis Beyond the Speech Event (with Stanton Wortham), Beyond Yellow English (with Adrienne Lo), and Language, Identity, and Stereotype Among Southeast Asian American Youth.

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As in recent symposia, a series of invited colloquia on specific topics will be scheduled as supplementary key foci of attention during the conference.

Language Assessment (convenors: Jamie Schissel & Constant Leung)
Conversation Analysis (convenor: Lorenza Mondada)
Language Attitudes (convenor: Stefan Grondelaers)
Surveillance and Securitisation (convenors: Ben Rampton, Daniel Silva & Mieke Vandenbroucke)
Multilingual Education (convenor: Kathleen Heugh)

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