Zurich Conference on Colonial and Postcolonial Language Studies – Changes and Challenges
June 4–6, 2018

(biannual conference of the International Association of Colonial and Postcolonial Linguistics http://www.iacpl.net/ )

Description

In postcolonial communities, both colonial history and the experience of decolonization shape cultural norms, transmission of knowledge, and communicative practices. While forces of social change, such as colonialism, globalization, or Americanization, threaten to weaken community ties and endanger linguistic diversity (e.g. Harrison 2007; Edwards 2010), marginalized communities have shown resistance and emancipation by adapting and appropriating new forms of communication and enriching local practices (Mufwene 2008). This has challenged earlier scholarly approaches to postcolonial communities as well as current linguistic scholarship, which seems to limit itself to traditional analytic approaches that are insufficient to fully grasp the linguistic outcomes of these social forces.

This conference aims at bringing together researchers working on all aspects of language use and linguistic practices in colonial and postcolonial settings. Our goal is to explore, describe, and better understand how changing social conditions shape linguistic practices in colonial and postcolonial contexts. In so doing, we want to critically evaluate a number of basic, perhaps Eurocentric, assumptions, such as the loss of linguistic diversity, or the role of the researcher as an active agent within the context in which they work.

Plenaries

The confirmed plenary speakers are

Prof Dr Rajend Mesthrie (Cape Town),

Prof Dr Ana Sobral (Zurich), and

PD Dr Eric Anchimbe (Bayreuth).

Program

Download Program_New (PDF, 94 KB)

Download BookOfAbstracts (PDF, 469 KB)

We warmly welcome you to the conference with an informal apéro meeting at the English Department, Plattenstrasse 47, on Sunday evening, 3 June, at 6 p.m.

Registration

There is no conference / registration fee.

We encourage the participation of early career researchers and researchers from underprivileged institutions or regions. If you would like to apply for a travel bursary (subject to availability and qualification), please let us know.

Please register to take part at the conference dinner on Tuesday evening, 7 p.m. (Moroccan buffet-style, CHF 29 pp).

Venue and Travel

 
KOL
University main building (Kollegiengebäude KOL), entrance Rämistrasse; location of plenaries
 
KOL_Location
Location of Kollegiengebäude KOL (location of plenaries)
Please note:
Haupt-Bahnhof on the left margin of the map is Zurich's central train station
the coloured lines and numbers are Zurich trams
the closest tram stops are ETH/Universitätsspital OR Platte
the University lies on a hill overlooking the city
 
 
WalkingRoute

Walking route from Kollegiengebäude KOL (plenaries) to English Department PLH (sessions); walking distance about 10 minutes

 

 

ES_PLH

English Department PLH, Plattenstrasse 47 (location of sessions and conference warming apéro meeting)

 

Childcare

This is a child-friendly conference. Please get in touch to inquire about childcare availability.

Call for Papers

Note: CfP is now closed.

We invite submissions for 20-minute presentations on empirical, theoretical, or methodological research on any aspect of language use in colonial and postcolonial contexts. These may include, but are not limited to, language policies, language ideologies, and communicative practices in colonial and postcolonial settings, as well as structural aspects of postcolonial varieties. We are particularly interested in critical views on basic assumptions in both linguistic theory and methodology. Please send your 300-word abstracts (excl. references) to iacpl@es.uzh.ch by January 28, 2018.

Fields: Anthropological linguistics, Historical sociolinguistics, Language documentation, Missionary linguistics, Language contact

Important Dates

Deadline Call for Papers: January 28, 2018

Notification of Acceptance: February 28, 2018

Conference dates: June 4–6, 2018

Accommodation

Hotels in Zurich

Zurich is a very popular destination, so it is advisable to book accommodation early. The following list offers suggestions for hotels which are located within easy reach of the university and the central railway station, as well as some less expensive accommodation options. Anything close to the Hauptbahnhof and the university can also easily be reached from the airport. The rates given are standard prices, however special offers are often available. More information on alternative hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, apartments and hostels in Zurich can be found on Booking.com, Tripadvisor.com and on the website of Zürich Tourism.

Hotel Plattenhof ***

Location: near tram stops Platte and Kantonsschule, 5-minute walk to the university

Room rates: from CHF 215 (single), from CHF 235 (double)

 

Hotel Florhof ***

Location: near tram stop Neumarkt, 10-minute walk to the university, 5-minute tram ride to the central railway station

Room rates: from CHF 210

 

Hotel Adler ***

Location: in the old town (Niederdorf), close to the central railway station and the university

Room rates: CHF 198 (single), CHF 231 (double)

 

Comfort Hotel Royal ***

Location: next to tram stop Haldenegg, close to tram stop Central, the central railway station and the university (5-minute walk)

Room rates: CHF 192 (single), CHF 237 (double)

 

Hotel California ***

Location: in the old town (Niederdorf), close to the railway station Stadelhofen, the tram stop Bellevue, the lake and the university

Room rates: CHF 190 (double)

 

Hotel St. Josef ***

Location: between tram stops Central and Neumarkt, a few minutes’ walk to the university

Room rates: CHF 180 (single), CHF 230 (double)

 

Hotel Hottingen **

Location: close to tram stop Hottingerplatz, c.10 minutes to the central railway station and the university via tram, 10 minute-walk to the university

Room rates: CHF 180 (single), CHF 240 (double)

 

stattHotel

Location: close to tram stops Rathaus and Central, 10-minute tram ride or 15-minute walk to the university

Room rates: CHF 153 (single), CHF 190 (double)

 

Hotel Marta *

Location: close to tram stop Central, 10-minute walk to the university and the central railway station

Room rates: CHF 131 (single), CHF 238 (double)

 

Hotel Leoneck ***

Location: next to tram stop Haldenegg, close to tram stop Central, the central railway station and the university (5-minute walk)

Room rates: CHF 130 (single), CHF 200 (double)

 

Hotel Limmathof **

Location: next to tram stop Central, close to the central railway station and the university

Room rates: CHF 126 (single), CHF 147 (double)

 

Hotel St. Georges **

Location: near tram stop Stauffacher, 15-minute walk to the central railway station and c.10 minutes by tram to the university

Room rates: from CHF 96 (single), CHF 112 (double)

 

Hotel Otter **

Location: close to tram stop Bellevue, 10-minute tram ride to the central railway station, 5-minute tram ride to the university

Room rates: from CHF 59

 

Zurich Youth Hostel

Location: 6 minutes from the central railway station with regional train S4, c.25 minutes to university with public transport

Room rates: from CHF 49