Thursday, September 3 to Sunday, September 6, 2009
University of Washington
Seattle, WA, USA
Download a PDF version of this call for papers
This is the third in a series of conferences organized around the role of the media in relation to the representation, construction and/or production of language. The first two conferences were held at Leeds University, England: in 2005, Language in the Media: Representations, Identities, Ideologies, and, in 2007, Language Ideologies and Media Discourse: Texts, Practices, Policies. In 2009, the conference will be leaving Leeds and coming to Seattle.
We invite you to submit abstracts for papers which explore the representation, construction and/or production of language through the technologies and ideologies of new media – the digital discourse of blogs, wikis, texting, instant messaging, internet art, video games, virtual worlds, websites, emails, podcasting, hypertext fiction, graphical user interfaces, and so on. Of equal interest are the ways that new media language is metalinguistically represented, constructed and/or produced in print and broadcast media such as newspapers and television (see below).
With this new media theme in mind, the 2009 conference will continue to prioritize papers which address the scope of the AILA Research Network on Language in the Media by examining the following types of contexts/issues:
- standard languages and language standards;
- literacy policy and literacy practices;
- language acquisition;
- multilingualism and cross-/inter-cultural communication;
- language and communication in professional contexts;
- language and class, dis/ability, race/ethnicity, gender/sexuality and age;
- media representations of speech, thought and writing;
- language and education;
- political discourse;
- language, commerce and global capitalism.
Please submit abstracts for papers (20 minutes plus 10 for discussion) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Thursday 26 February 2009. Abstracts should include a title, your contact details (name, mailing address, email) and a description of your paper (250 -350 words). The conference committee will begin reviewing abstract submissions immediately after the deadline; notification of acceptance will be Thursday 19 March. (Please send your abstract as a Word document or in the body of your email.)
Program and registration
In order to help your early planning for the conference, we have already finalized the basic program structure for the conference a copy of which can be downloaded here (as a PDF). This outline shows the start and finish times of the conference, the main social events (reception, BBQ and conference dinner), as well as lunches and coffee breaks. The conference planning committee is also arranging an optional program of tours and activities for Sunday 06 September. A business meeting for the AILA Network will also be scheduled for the Sunday morning.
Official conference registration will begin on Thursday 19 March, with early registration ending Thursday 21 May. The final deadline for presenter registration will be Thursday 23 July in order to be included in the final program. Registrations after 23 July will be charged an additional late registration fee of $25.00.
|Early registration – until 21 May
|Early registration (full-time students)
|Registration – until 23 July
|Registration (full-time students)
|Day rate registration (accepted until 20 August)