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Head of Communications Ms. Nhan Huynh firstname.lastname@example.org https://comela2020.acg.edu
The COMELA 2020 – The (Annual) Conference on Mediterranean and European Linguistic Anthropology 2020
American College of Greece, Athens, Greece, September 2 – 5, 2020
Following the growth of the COMELA, The Conference on Mediterranean and European Linguistic Anthropology, we announce The COMELA 2020, September 2-5, 2020, at The American College of Greece, Athens, Greece.
The COMELA seeks to redefine scholarship on Mediterranean and European Language and Society.
Purpose and Structure
The COMELA 2020 invites academics in the fields of Linguistics, Anthropology, Linguistic and Cultural Anthropology, and Ethnology, pertinent to The Mediterranean and Europe, to discuss work, and engage in scholarly collaborations, thus strengthening global academic networks in the field.
American College of Greece
Keynote and Plenary Speakers
Jan Blommaert – Tilburg University
Alexandra Georgakopoulou – King’s College London
Dimitris Dalakoglou – Vrije University Amsterdam
Journal Special Issues, and Monographs, from papers submitted that meet publication requirements. Papers selected will be published with Top-Tier journals. Here, ample assistance will be provided to revise manuscripts.
All COMELA Conference proceedings will be SCOPUS published.
Abstract and poster proposal submission deadline – June 1, 2020
Notification of acceptance – No later than June 20, 2020 (for those submitted prior to this)
Wednesday September 2, 2020 – Saturday September 5, 2020
Final day comprises optional Anthropological excursion (separate cost)
The Call for Abstracts opens on June 20, 2020, at https://comela2020.acg.edu, which contains all information
Bounded Languages … Unbounded
Politics of identity are central to language change. Here, linguistic boundaries rise and fall, motivating the ephemeral characteristics of language communities. The Mediterranean and European region is one replete with histories, with power struggles, uniquely demarcating nation, ethnicity, and community. For this, cultural and political identities, language ideologies, as well as the languages themselves, have sought boundedness, dynamics of which have indeed sought change over eons, through demographic movements, through geopolitics, through technological innovation. In a current era of technological advancement, transnational fluidity, intellectual power, capitalism, and new sexualities, then, we question, once again, the boundedness of language and identity, and ways in which to unbound languages and ideologies. More than before, we now increasingly pursue anthropological toil, so to innovate ways to locate these ideologies and their fluid boundaries, actively. We now need to increasingly unbind these languages, and their ideologies, so to arrive at progressive realizations, and to rectify, or at least see and move past, the segregations of old.
The COMELA 2020 theme, “Bounded languages… Unbounded”, encapsulates the ongoing struggle throughout Mediterranean and European regions. As the continuous tension between demarcation, and the concurrent legitimization, of languages, language ideologies, and language identities, enters an era where new modes of interactivity require language communities to take on roles super-ordinate to the past, flexible citizenship now operates within, and not only across, language communities, to unbind languages, and to create new boundaries, unlike those ever seen throughout history.
The COMELA 2020 invites work which addresses the shifting boundedness of Language Communities of the Mediterranean and Europe. Papers and posters should acknowledge and describe processes of language shape, change, and ideology, pertinent to social, cultural, political histories, and futures of Mediterranean and European regions, and by those working in Mediterranean and European regions.
Abstract and poster proposals should address one or more of the key strands related to Mediterranean and European countries and regions:
Submission Guidelines (via the online submission website, or by email (see below))
General session papers
Evaluation of proposals
Review of criteria are as follows:
For more information, please contact:
Professor Helena Maragou
Helena P. Maragou, PhD
Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
The American College of Greece
Head of Communications
Ms. Nhan Huynh