Engaged Humanities: preserving and revitalizing endagered languages and cultural heritag

Call for papers – Deadline Extension:

Engaged Humanities: preserving and revitalizing endangered
languages and cultural heritage
15–16 November 2017

Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London)
Leiden University

Plenary speakers:

  • Peter K. Austin (SOAS)
  • Leonore Grenoble (University of Chicago)
  • Julia Sallabank (SOAS)

General Information about the ENGHUM project and Conference:
The Partners of the Engaged Humanities projects (http://engagedhumanities.al.uw.edu.pl/), Faculty of “Artes Liberales” at University of Warsaw, School of Oriental and African Studies SOAS, University of London, and Leiden University, hereby invite proposals for papers at the
first international conference on Engaged Humanities.

The Engaged Humanities project aims at strengthening scientific and innovation capacity as well as social impact in the field of participatory action research in linguistic-cultural heritage and revitalization of endangered languages. The assumptions behind the project reflect the
need for a holistic and problem-oriented (not disciplinary-limited) approach to both theoretical and applied issues in the study of language, culture, and society. An essential goal also includes finding solutions for bridging collaboration and knowledge-transfer gaps between academics, members of local communities/ethnic minorities and non-academic organizations.

A precedent for the Engaged Humanities project and this conference was the conference Integral Strategies for Language Revitalization held in Wilamowice, Poland in June 2014. The Engaged Humanities conference will be directly preceded by a workshop on digital humanities and efficient integration of disciplinary perspectives/practices for effective engagement. Participants in the conference are also welcome to attend the workshop. Successful proposals will address one or more of the following topics:

  • Multipurpose documentation of linguistic and cultural heritage
  • Language revitalization in theory and practice
  • Participatory action research and community-driven projects
  • Indigenous research methodology and traditional knowledge in language and cultural
  • Economic impact of language preservation and multilingualism
  • Language and wellbeing
  • Cognitive effects of multilingualism
  • Language contact in the context of endangerment
  • Language policy for endangered language and cultures
  • Pedagogical approaches to minority languages

Important dates:
● Proposal submission: May 1​, 2017
● Notification of acceptance: 12 May, 2017
● Registration: 1 September, 2017

Registration for the conference is free. Coffee and tea will be provided in the breaks.
Catering will be available during lunches and can be paid on site.

Scientific committee:
Willem Adelaar, Joshua Birchall, Robert Borges, Piotr Chruszczewski, Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kołaczyk, José Antonio Flores Farfán, Maarten Jansen, Friederike Lüpke, Justyna Olko, John Sullivan, Tomasz Wicherkiewicz