Call for paper proposals for Special issue in Bandung Journal of the Global South (2021)
Special issue title:
LDaD: Languaging, Diversity and Democracy. Contemporary issues of participation and ways-of-being across the global North-South
Special issue editor:
Sangeeta Bagga-Gupta, firstname.lastname@example.org (Jönköping University, Sweden)
Special issue theme:
The LDaD special issue aims to contribute knowledge relevant for present day challenges related to mobility, digitalization and communication across different geopolitical regions and across virtual-physical spaces. Issues related to integration/inclusion and learning goals for all human begins across the lifespan more generally and compulsory and higher education specifically have been prioritized areas (at least in democratically framed societies) during the last few decades. Furthermore, integration/inclusion has become a critical agenda in societies given recent demographic shifts related to mobility and digitalization more generally across the planet and in spaces that are conceptualized in terms of the global-North more specifically. At the same time issues of equity and marginalization are increasingly confronted with rising right-wing agendas and a renaissance related to racism.
Given the above overarching framing, it is important to note that scholarship that has emerged since the turn of the millennium from the global-North has started giving recognition to the shaky nature of concepts like bi/multilingualism and diversity. This is evidenced, for instance, in the plethora of neologisms that have emerged with regards to key concepts like language (for instance, translanguaging, translingualism, plurilanguaging, plurilingualism, metrolingualism, supervernaculars, etc.) and identity (for instance superdiversity, hyperdiversity, newspeakerism). Theoretically framed critique towards these newer “academic branded” concepts, however, draw attention to the nature of “normal-languaging” and “normal-diversity”. The intersections of languaging or the meaning-making engagement of people where a range of semiotic resources are deployed – irrespective of the number of named-language varieties, modalities, embodiment or media deployed to communicate, and the performative dimensions of peoples ways-of-being, rather than essentialized named-identity categories, constitute some dimensions of this emerging critique. Furthermore, while the neologism smorgasbord pertaining to language and identity has its origins in global-North spaces, recent concerns also point to the circulation of older and newer concepts related to language and identity into Southern spaces, wherein they continue to make invisible alternative epistemological and ontological conceptualizations.
Demographic mobility and digitalization thus constitute significant contemporary issues related to language and identity (both inside and outside educational spaces) across the global-North/South. Furthermore, their complex nature calls for attending to them from a multi/cross/interdisciplinary stance and in unison rather than in terms of separate knowledge domains. The three key concepts “languaging”, “diversity” and “democracy” that frame the LDaD special issue are thus in need of being (re)visited with the intention of being revitalized in relationship to what is being experienced in global-North spaces as new communicative practices where multiple named-language varieties, multiple named-language modalities and new technologies are involved. Furthermore, these concepts need to be addressed by scholars from across the global-North/South with the intent of 2
interrogating the continuing dichotomized situation (in many parts of the global-North) wherein mono-lingualism, mono-modality and mono/essentialized named-identity constitutes the norm and multilingualism and diversity are seen as exotic.
The LDaD special issue aims to bring together original empirically pushed and/or theoretically framed scholarship at the intersections of language, identity and democracy from across the world. The contributions to the special issue will be based upon an explicit multi/cross/interdisciplinary ethos that aim to examine how issues related to languaging shape different individual and community ways-of-being and how these are related to democracy. Following a recently started epistemological shift, a “practiced policy” perspective that focuses upon ways in which policies play out in institutional settings can also form a dimension of the contributions.
Abstract proposals are elicited from senior and junior scholars situated in different disciplines within the humanities and social sciences. Co-authored research articles where scholars are situated in different parts of the world or from scholars and professionals from sectors like education, literature and culture are also invited. Submitted proposals and the subsequent paper drafts will be subject to peer-review (see below).
Proposals should be submitted to the special issue editor (see email above) in a Word file with the following information:
- • Title of proposed paper
- • Name/s and affiliation/s of author/s
- • Email of corresponding author
- • Abstract of maximum 500 words should outline the following: the focus and aim of the proposed paper, its theoretical framing, nature of data to be engaged with, preliminary findings and how the proposed paper connects with the special issue theme
- • References – maximum five
- • Bio of author/s – maximum 75 words (each)
Special issue timeline:
Deadline for article abstracts 10 am CET, 15 February 2020 (send to editor – see email above)
Decision on abstracts 29 February 2020
Deadline for article drafts 10 June 2020
First round review feedback to authors 31 August 2020
Deadline for revised articles 30 September 2020
Final review feedback to authors 30 October 2020
Final submission to Journal end 2020