From: Bakhtin Centre <Bakhtin.Centre@sheffield.ac.uk>
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Date: Thu Nov 24, 2005 06:52:16 AM ICT
Subject: CFP: Linguistics and Social Theory in the USSR, 1917-1938
Call for Papers
The Bakhtin Centre in the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies at the
University of Sheffield, UK is organising a conference entitled
Linguistics and Social Theory in the USSR, 1917-1938
September 9-11, 2006
Proposals are invited for papers that discuss all aspects of the relationship
between linguistic and social theory in the USSR in the inter-war period.
Proposals that address the following questions are particularly welcome:
• What was the relationship between institutional structures and theories of
language developed in the Soviet Union?
• What was the relationship between the practical work conducted by linguists in
accordance with Soviet language policy and the sociological theories of
language they developed?
• What are the distinctive features and what is the continuing relevance of the
sociology of language developed in the early Soviet Union?
• What are the intellectual sources of the ideas of Soviet sociologists of
• How are pre-Revolutionary Russian philology and the sociology of language of
the early Soviet period related?
• How is the development of a sociological approach to language related to such
contiguous areas as psychology (e.g. Vygotskii, Luria), folkloristics (e.g.
Sokolov, Freidenberg, Frank-Kamenetskii, Zhirmunskii), literary studies (e.g.
Zhirmunskii, the Bakhtin Circle, Russian Formalism)?
The conference is part of the project The Rise of Sociological Linguistics in
the Soviet Union, 1917–1938: Institutions, Ideas and Agendas, funded by the
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Details of the project are
Proposals of 250 words maximum, bearing the proposer’s name, title and
affiliation, can be submitted as Word document sent as an email attachment to
firstname.lastname@example.org, or by fax to +44 (0)114 222 7416. The closing
date for receipt of proposals is 31 January 2006. The working languages of the
conference are English and Russian.
The conference will be synchronised with the Annual Colloquium of the Henry
Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas, which runs from 7 to10
September. Those attending the conference will be welcome to register for the
HSS Colloquium and vice versa.
Enquiries may be addressed to the conference organisers, Dr Craig Brandist
(email@example.com) and Dr Katya Chown(firstname.lastname@example.org)
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