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We are proud to announce the 3rd edition of the Contested Languages in the Old World (CLOW) conference series, to be held at the University of Amsterdam on May, 3-4, 2018, Previous editions were in Bangor (2013) and Turin (2016). CLOW3 aims at bringing together linguists, political scientists, legal experts, writers, activists and other scholars working on the current status and future prospects of “contested languages”, starting from the reflections by Nic Craith (2006).

Event details of 3rd edition of Contested Languages in the Old World (CLOW)
Start date 3 May 2018
End date 4 May 2018
Time 09:00
ACLC seminar

Abstract submission

The organizers of the 3rd Conference on Contested Languages in the Old World (CLOW3) invite faculty, PhD candidates, graduate students, and independent scholars to submit abstracts (around 500 words) on, but not limited to, the following topics: 

- case studies of status, corpus and acquisition planning any contested language in Europe; 

- comparison of the language policy and planning situations between two or more contested languages in Europe; 

- speakers attitudes on specific contested languages in Europe, with a special attention to the theory and practice of “neo-speakers”; 

- government attitudes on specific contested languages in Europe, with a special attention to distance between the overt policy and planning and the “hidden agendas”; 

- the impact of local legislation and/or local initiatives on the status and attitudes of contested languages in Europe, in their immediate visibility as well as the long-term goal, i.e. guaranteeing their intergenerational transmission; 

- economic analyses of actual and prospective language policy and planning of any contested language in Europe; 

- issues of Abstand and Ausbau relating to one or more contested language(s) of Europe.

We are able to offer two options for participating in CLOW3: 

- 30-minute oral presentations on research (20 minute talk, 10 minute question period) 

- Posters presenting research 

Important Dates:

  • Abstracts must be submitted by December 15, 2017. Abstracts should be around 500 words long. They should be submitted through EasyChair .

  • Conference date: May 3-4, 2018