VocUM 2017 – Language and globalization

  • We are pleased to announce that submissions are now open for the 4th edition of VocUM, which will take place at the Carrefour des arts et des sciences of the Université de Montréal (Québec, Canada) on November 23rd and 24th, 2017. VocUM is an annual international conference organized by students of the Université de Montréal, all from different fields of study relating to language. It is the only interdisciplinary conference dedicated to language in Montréal.

    Globalization is one of the great issues of our time. Since the second half of the 20th century, national borders have become more and more permeable, the consequences of which have been a marked increase in transnational exchanges of goods and services, circulation of capital, important human migrations, and dissemination of information. This phenomenon has important consequences for many academic disciplines, namely those concerned with language. Due to the constraints and new realities it imposes, globalization forces us to engage in a novel and critical examination of research in general, and specifically of research on language. Issues such as the future of linguistic minorities and of language diversity, linguistic “imperialism”, intersectionality, and changing modes of language transmission and organization are all influenced, directly or indirectly, by globalization. In this context, this 4th edition of VocUM aims to open a place to reflect on the linguistic challenges and concerns raised by this planetary phenomenon, but also on its positive outcomes.

    Priority will be given to submissions relating to the theme of the current edition, VocUM 2017Language and globalization. This theme can namely be addressed from the following disciplinary perspectives:

    • Ancient languages
    • Anthropology
    • Automatic language processing
    • Cinema and visual arts
    • Communication
    • Comparative literature
    • Computer science
    • Cultural translation
    • Didactics
    • Discourse analysis
    • Forensic linguistics
    • Fundamental linguistics
    • Information science
    • L1/L2/Ln Acquisition
    • Language disorders
    • Language pedagogy
    • Language philosophy
    • Language planning
    • Literatures
    • Localization and adaptation
    • Minority languages
    • Modern languages
    • Neurolinguistics
    • Pragmatics
    • Psycholinguistics
    • Sociolinguistics
    • Sociology
    • Specialized translation
    • Speech-language pathology
    • Terminology
    • Translation history

    Translation policy

    Submissions in French and English are welcomed. In order to resist the current trend toward English hegemony in scientific research, VocUM encourages the dissemination of knowledge in French. Similarly, contributors working in the fields of Spanish and German studies can present their research in Spanish or German, respectively. We may also consider submissions from undergraduate students.

    Proposals (450 words maximum) must be submitted using the electronic form, available on the VocUM website. Anonymous peer evaluation of the proposals will be carried out by a scientific committee. Presentations will be between 15 and 20 minutes long (depending on the final number of presenters), followed by a question and answer session.

    Important dates

    Deadline for proposal submission: July 7th, 2017

    Notification of acceptance: September 2017

    Conference: November 23rd and 24th, 2017

    For more information: http://vocum.ca, info@vocum.ca