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The first international Conference on Language and Territory was held at Laurentian University of Sudbury in Ontario (Canada) in August 2010. The event brought together over 350 speakers from more than 35 countries. Following the submissions of papers and the peer review process, some fifty articles were published in 3 volumes of the Human Sciences Monograph Series.

The Ilia State University, located in Tbilisi (Georgia), will host the second edition of the international conference on Language and Territory from August 30, 2015 to September 4, 2015.

Description

Languages, as vehicles of history and culture, evolve differently on diverse territories. As such, the significance of a given language varies from one territory to another. The concept of territory, understood in a broad sense, is often used to circumscribe the activity of a language, by imposing either geopolitical and judicial frontiers or social parameters. The “borders” drawn between languages and territories are, however, not impervious. In fact, these borders change through time and space; they are subject to prevailing factors such as the migration of populations, linguistic policies, linguistic and social representations, education, mass media and socio-cultural values.

The study of languages and of their territories encompasses the study of the evolution of languages, of their strengths and weaknesses, their vitality and their future. Indeed the interaction between languages and territories is dynamic, at times either harmonious or discordant. Moreover, contact between languages has a profound effect on how speakers understand and conceptualize their language(s) as well as the language(s) of others. The issues arising from language contact are thus diverse, differing widely according to the “territory” on which the contact occurs.

The conference Language and Territory proposes to address, in a system­atic and analytical fashion, the often tenuous and porous categories of language and territory. Participants may address issues pertaining to:

  • Language, territory and history
  • Language, territory and politics
  • Language, territory and law
  • Language, territory and education
  • Language, territory and First Nations
  • Language planning  
  • Language, territory and philosophy
  • Language, territory and religion
  • Language, territory and identity
  • Language contact
  • Sociolinguistic and urban ecology
  • Literary geography
  • Language and virtual territory

Other themes may be added.

To present a paper at the conference

You are invited to submit a proposal for an individual paper or a full session. All proposals will be subject to approval by a committee. Please forward your proposal, in the indicated form, within the required timeframe, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For further information, please visit our website at : www.langueetterritoire.iliauni.edu.ge

Individual papers

Individual presentations are limited to 20 minutes followed by a 10 minute question period.

Though papers may address any languages, presentations are to be delivered in English, in French or in Georgian.

The deadline for individual presentation proposals is November1st, 2014 __

Please send proposals in Word format (font type and size Times Roman, 12 points) and include the following information:

  • Title (Mr., Mrs., Ms.)
  • First Name
  • Last Name (in capitals)
  • Affiliated institution
  • Postal address
  • Telephone number
  • Fax number
  • E-mail
  • Status: faculty member, independent researcher, graduate student
  • Title of paper (20 words maximum)
  • Abstract of the paper (250 words maximum)

Full Sessions

Full 90 minute sessions are comprised of three speakers. You may propose a full session with two other speakers or a topic session proposal, accompanied by an abstract which we will circulate.

Presentations are to be delivered in English, in French or in Georgian. Each presentation is limited to 20 minutes, followed by a 10 minute question period.

The deadline for submitting a full session is November1st, 2014 __

Please send proposals in Word format (font type and size Times Roman, 12 points), including the title of the session (25 words maximum) and the following information for each speaker:

  • Title (Mr., Mrs., Ms.)
  • First Name
  • Last Name (in capitals)
  • Affiliated institution
  • Postal address
  • Telephone number
  • Fax number
  • E-mail
  • Status: faculty, independent researcher, graduate student
  • Title of paper (20 words maximum)
  • Abstract of the paper (250 words maximum)

Calendar:

Deadline to propose an individual paper or a full session: November1st, 2014 __

Deadline for notification of acceptance: January 30, 2015

Broadcast program of the Symposium: August 1st, 2015

Submitted articles will be peer-reviewed for publication.

Organizing Committee:

Julie Boissonneault (Laurentian University): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mzaro/Mzagve Dokhtourichvili (Ilia State University): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Inga Ghutidze (Ilia State University): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Atinati Mamatsashvili-Kobakhidze (Ilia State University): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ali Reguigui (Laurentian University): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Scientific Committee:

Alain Beaulieu – Laurentian University, Canada

Henri Boyer – Université Paul Valéry – Montpellier 3, France

Anna Bondarenco – State University of Moldova, Republic of Moldova

Heinz Bouillon – Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Jacques Bres Université Paul Valéry – Montpellier 3, France

Claude Chastagner Université Paul Valéry – Montpellier 3, France

Renée Corbeil – Laurentian University, Canada

Gérard Dédayan – Université Paul Valéry – Montpellier 3, France

Ketevan Djachy – Ilia State University, Georgia

Nino Dobordjguinidzé – Ilia State University, Georgia

Serge Dupuis – Laurentian University, Canada

Louis Gerrekens – University of Liège, Belgium

Laurent Gautier – University of Bourgogne, France

Michel Giroux – Laurentian University, Canada

Amélie Hien – Laurentian University, Canada

Aurélie Lacassagne – Laurentian University, Canada

Simon Laflamme – Laurentian University, Canada

Eileen Lohka – University of Calgary, Canada

Chantal Mayer-Crittenden – Laurentian University, Canada

Bernard Outtier – Director de Research at CNRS, France

Nino Pirtskhalava – Ilia State University, Georgia

Patrick Seriot – University of Lausanne, Swiss

Ekaterine Shaverdashvili – Ilia State University, Georgia

Bela Tsipuria – Ilia State University, Georgia    

Ludmila Zbant – State University of Moldova, Republic of Moldova

For further information, please contact us by e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or consult our Web site at: www.langueetterritoire.iliauni.edu.ge

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