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[xmca] MOBILITY LANGUAGE LITERACY: An international conference examining transnational, translocal and global flows of people, language and literacy through the lens of social practice - Cape Town January 2011

MOBILITY LANGUAGE LITERACY: An international conference examining
transnational, translocal and global flows of people, language and literacy
through the lens of social practice - Cape Town January 2011



Hosted by: International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA) Research
Networks on Language and Migration; Applied Linguistics and Literacy in
Africa and the Diaspora; and Literacy Studies; together with the Dept of
Linguistics, University of the Western Cape (UWC); the School of Education
together with the Department of English Language and Literature, University
of Cape Town (UCT); Dept of General Linguistics, Stellenbosch University;
Faculty of Education, Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT); School
of Literature and Language Studies, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)

Date: 19-21 January 2011   

Venue: Breakwater Lodge, Waterfront, Cape Town / Mowbray Campus, CPUT

Rationale: The conference will aim to 

*	bring together a group of established and emerging researchers in
applied language and literacy studies who are interested in the
transnational, translocal and global movements of people, language and
literacy in relation to social practice; 
*	focus on the lived experiences of individuals on the front lines of
global, transnational, and translocal processes;
*	 engage with both accounts of global flows and ethnoscapes as well
as local practices and processes produced by or impacting on migrants and
other people who cross various kinds of social, linguistic, cultural,
economic and workplace borders in socially stratified and ethnically plural
social settings;
*	pay attention to the dynamics of multilingualism in located settings
and the social and personal management of multilingualism in such settings;
*	explore the role (and nature) of language and literacy practices in
boundary maintenance or disruption in global, transnational, and translocal
flows; discuss research about language practices and documentary practices
as regards access, selection, social mobility and gate-keeping processes in
particular settings. 

Keynote speakers, featured speakers and early noted participants: The
following scholars and researchers have accepted invitations/ said that they
would like to attend: Christine Antonissen, Elsa Auerbach, Lesley Bartlett,
David Barton, Mike Baynham, Jan Blommaert, Adams Bodomo, Suresh Canagarajah,
Rajendra Chetty, Lynn Mario de Souza, Ana Deumert, Patsy Duff, Charlyn
Dyers, Margaret Early, Monica Heller, Nancy Hornberger, Cathy Kell, Maureen
Kendrick, Constant Leung, Brian Maddox, Sinfree Makoni, Marilyn
Martin-Jones, Raj Mesthrie, Tommaso Milani, Bonny Norton, George Openjuru,
Alastair Pennycook, Mastin Prinsloo, Ben Rampton, Anna Robinson-Pant, Stef
Slembrouk, Ilana Snyder, Brian Street, Christopher Stroud, Juliet Tembe,
Kelly Toohey, Cecile Vigouroux, Doris Warriner, Lionel Wee  


We invite the participation of researchers who are committed to exploring
the contribution that language and literacy studies, interacting with social
theory and ethnographic perspectives, can make to emergent understandings of
mobility and migrancy. The conference will feature key contributions from
core participants in the three AILA Research Networks who are collectively
hosting the conference as well as other invited scholars. We also aim to
establish connections and conversations with a broader range of researchers
and scholars. We plan that it will be an agenda-setting conference, in that
we will aim to identify future directions for research and co-operation in
mobility, language and literacy studies.  Presentations will include a mix
of theoretical and field-based contributions as well as panel discussions.
There will be a blend of invited keynote addresses, themed sessions where a
range of papers around a common topic will be presented, as well as working
panels centred on core concerns and discussion of work in progress and

The conference will be organised around themes and issue-centred concerns,
and there will be a core of invited contributions on these topics. We invite
papers on topics such as:

.         language and migration as transnational and translocal processes
rather than one-way experiences of leaving one country or domain and
entering another;

.         the language or textual practices that help sustain transnational
networks and make possible enduring translocal ties; 

.         language/ literacy and the relationship between geographic space
and social


.         multilingualism and the production of locality in the globalized

.         linguistic innovation, cultural 'mixing', and
transnational/translocal identities;

.         the politics and practices of globalisation as they impact on
language and literacy in social practice (including work and educational

.         language, literacy and  social selection processes in education
and in the workplace in multilingual settings (e.g., the role of language
and literacy skills in recruitment processes or job performance, with
attendant issues of measurement and evaluation);  

.         language and literacy teaching for migrants and acquisition of
language proficiencies on the workfloor  and in education; 

.         the language experiences and learning opportunities of children as
the resources of family intersect with institutions such as schools; 

.         social networks as channels through which social class and ethnic
group membership devolve into experiences of language; 

.         trust, solidarity and language practices in transnational and
translocal social networks 

.         the capitalization by employers of migrant language skills in the
management of multilingualism (through commodification of language and
identity and/or the (non)-recognition of crucial multilingual practices);  

.         the role of language in the regulation of labour market related
migration trajectories; 

.         standardised education, training and assessment practices in
relation to the multilingual resources of border-crossing and otherwise
mobile persons and groups;

.         intertwinings of class and ethnicity and their influence on
learning and learning identities;  ethnicity and class as processual,
linguistic and interactional concepts; 

.         situated cognition, social identification, and academic learning
in multilingual, multinational, and multiethnic classroom contexts; 

.         gendered migration, work opportunities and educational outcomes;

.         'field sites' and 'home sites' in transnational and translocal
ethnographic research;

.         relationships between reading, writing, work, and class amongst
migrant and mobile groups of people and individuals

Secretariat: Christine Anthonissen, Rajendra Chetty, Ana Deumert, Charlyn
Dyers, Tommaso Milani, Mastin Prinsloo, Christopher Stroud

Conference organisers: Mastin Prinsloo, Christopher Stroud, Mike Baynham,
Tommaso Milani

Consultative committee:  David Barton (Lancaster), Mike Baynham (Leeds),
Raj Mesthrie (UCT), Sinfree Makoni (Penn. State), Bonny Norton (British
Columbia), Stef Slembrouk (Ghent)

Submission of abstracts: Submit proposals in the form of abstracts of not
more than 250 words. 
Paper Sessions: Program organizers will create themed sessions on related
topics on           the basis of submitted proposals. 

Symposia: We encourage submissions for organized panels or symposia,
particularly those that include researchers representing two or more
countries, regions and/or continents. Program organisers will engage with
persons submitting proposals in order to construct symposia, panels and
paper sessions around the conference themes and issues.

First deadline for proposal submission: 31 April 2010

Submit abstracts to: Mastin.Prinsloo@uct.ac.za and copy to cstroud@uwc.ac.za

Conference Fees:Early registration (before 31 August 2010) - ZAR1100 /
US$150; Late registration ZAR 1300/ US175

Registration will be on-line.

Sponsorship for delegates from Africa, South America, Asia and other parts
of the world is being sought from a number of national and trans-national
agencies. However, sponsorship is likely to be limited and participants are
urged to raise their own funding. Applications for sponsorship will be
invited only if and when funds are available.

Website: To be set up in early 2010.

Contact for further information: Mastin.Prinsloo@uct.ac.za or



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