International conference ‘The Sociolinguistics of Globalization: (De)centring and (de)standardization’

Country: Hong Kong

City: Hong Kong

Abstr. due: 30.09.2014

Dates: 03.06.15 — 06.06.15

Area Of Sciences: Humanities; Sociology;

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Organizers: The School of English, The University of Hong Kong


Following on a decade from the ‘Language & Global Communication’ conference held at Cardiff University (2005), the sociolinguistics of globalization has emerged and developed as an important, interdisciplinary programme of research. Much excellent work has broadened our understanding of the role of language in the representation, manifestation and spread of the ideologies and material processes of globalization. We invite a reflection and re-assessment of these issues. Specifically, as suggested in the subtitle of the conference, we propose to focus on issues of spatial and symbolic mobility, change and paradigmatic state of flux that appear to characterize much of contemporary social life. With the social, cultural, political and economic processes continuing to destabilize traditional ‘centres’ and normativities, we are interested in identifying new, emerging regimes of language, dominant language ideologies, and the resources that are deployed to maintain and to subvert these ideologies.

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