Language Rights: Issues and Good Practices

Country: Poland

City: Warsaw

Abstr. due: 15.05.2018

Dates: 21.09.18 — 22.09.18

Area Of Sciences: Humanities;

Organizing comittee e-mail: p.rutkowski@uw.edu.pl AND simo.maatta@helsinki.fi

Organizers: The Special Interest Group on Language and Rights (SIGLaR)

 

We invite empirical presentations addressing language rights or access to written/spoken/signed language in the following contexts: healthcare, education, social services, police/justice, asylum and migration. Presentations shall be 15-minute long. Studies may focus on the local or national level and describe both potential language issues and examples of good and less recommendable practices. For example, a case study can describe what happens when a patient who does not know the local language is admitted to a hospital or has to go to court as a defendant: what kind of linguistic rights the person has according to the law; what the potential and common language issues in such a situation are; how these issues are resolved and how they should be resolved.

The aim of the workshop is to engage researchers and other stakeholders to identify key challenges and possible solutions in the field of language rights in any context. In order to explore the complexity of language rights and language issues, we invite experts and stakeholders representing a wide range of specialties: translation and interpreting, linguistics, law and legal studies, social work, sociology anthropology, pedagogy, etc. We particularly encourage joint presentations by scholars and field actors or by scholars representing two different fields.

Please submit your abstract (max. 300 words including references) in Word or RTF format to p.rutkowski@uw.edu.pl AND simo.maatta@helsinki.fi by May 15, 2018. In the body of the message, please indicate your name and affiliation. Do not include this information in your abstract. Proposals should include the following:

- Clear statement of the focus of the proposal
- Brief contextualization of data/material discussed
- Results/conclusions/recommendations
- References (if applicable)

The results of the peer-review process will be communicated by May 31.

The languages of the conference will be English and PJM (Polish Sign Language). English/PJM interpretation will be provided. Other sign languages can also be used as long as the presenter provides an interpreter into English.

Conference Web-Site: http://linguistlist.org/callconf/browse-conf-action.cfm?ConfID=317656