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The University of Mumbai and INALCO, PLIDAM (Paris, France) announce a call for papers for the international bilingual conference in English and French - Mediating between languages, cultures and identities: challenges, tools, strategies.

4/25/2017 to 6/30/2017
When: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Where: University of Mumbai, India
United States

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The University of Mumbai and INALCO, PLIDAM (Paris, France) announce a call for papers for the international bilingual conference in English and French - Mediating between languages, cultures and identities: challenges, tools, strategies. The conference will take place on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th December 2017 at the University of Mumbai, India. The conference hopes to bring together researchers from the fields of linguistics, applied linguistics and allied disciplines touching upon the core areas of languages, cultures and identities.


This conference will serve as a collective reflection around 'mediation', a concept traditionally used in law, in diplomacy and also in psychology, with relation to tensions and breaches. Knowledge, learning, theories and applications need to be constantly redefined especially in the light of the largely multilingual and multicultural worlds we engage in, where new spaces of encounters between learners and speakers of diverse languages are incessantly evolving. In this scenario mediation assumes an important place. Perceptions related to 'legitimate' and 'de-legitimised' languages in increasingly heterogeneous classrooms and contexts will be studied; so will compatibilities between classroom techniques, stake holders and the future of the larger community of language speakers. Dysfunctional communication is equally interesting as is successful communication in this world of constant mutation; managing the same is an issue of relevance.


Debating and encouraging discussion on mediation allows us to open up conceptual dialogues between linguistics and other related disciplines which nurture scientific thought on language and cultures in this digital era.


The conference will address the following areas but will not be restricted to these alone

- pedagogical choices in a world of increased communication and new modes of contact between languages, cultures and identities;
- popular thought associated with legitimate, delegitimised languages in a multilingual and multicultural context and increasingly heterogenous classrooms;
- the advantage of digital technology in terms of redefining traditional approaches of learning and approach to languages;
- the construction and negotiation of identities in heterogeneous contexts and in interactions with the 'Other'.

The conference aims towards the following goals

- associating teaching experience/ learning of languages/cultures and pedagogical traditions;
- articulating classroom methodologies with the experience of learners and teachers and also the larger community of language speakers;
- putting into perspective the interactions in multicultural environments and the handling of dysfunctional communication.

The outcomes of this conference hope to benefit a wider community of teachers, contexts and cultural spaces. Proposals should outline the theoretical perspective, research methodology, and the context studied. They can be submitted in French or in English and must include the following:

- Title
- First and last name of the author (authors)
- Postal address and institutional affilliation
- Email
- Some bibliographical references

Proposals should not exceed 500 words (excluding bibliography). They should be sent in a Word file to the following email ids:

vbadrinathan@gmail.com
thomas.szende@gmail.com

Last date for sending proposals : 30th June 2017

Proposals will be evaluated by the scientific committee. Authors will be notified of the selection by 15th August 2017 latest. Suggestions for modifcations of the proposals could be recommended in order to help it fit into the objectives of the conference. The presentations will be of a duration of 20 minutes during the conference. A publication of selected articles is planned.

There are no conference fees but participants may have to pay for the lunch during the event. However, once selected, prior registration is necessary. The organisers do not provide any financial assistance nor do they arrange for the stay during the conference.

CONFERENCE CONVENORS

Dr. Vasumathi Badrinathan, Department of French, University of Mumbai
Dr. Thomas Szende, INALCO, PLIDAM (Paris, France)

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE / COMITE SCIENTIFIQUE

Dr. Odile Racine, INALCO, PLIDAM (Paris, France)
Dr. Frosa Bouchereau, INALCO, PLIDAM (Paris, France)
Dr. Peter Stockinger, INALCO, PLIDAM (Paris, France)
Dr. Thomas Szende, INALCO, PLIDAM (Paris, France)
Dr. Vasumathi Badrinathan, Department of French, University of Mumbai
Dr: Emmanuelle Houlès, Attaché for Cultural Cooperation, Embassy of France in India
Dr. Meher Bhoot, Department of German, University of Mumbai
Dr. Gita Chadha, Department of Sociology, University of Mumbai


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