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Call for papers

The political economy of language and space/place

12th Linguistic landscape Workshop
9-11 September 2020, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

In the last years, there has been a strong drive within Linguistic Landscape studies to 'go beyond the signs', which often has been interpreted as talking to the producers, owners and readers of signs to learn more about how they conceptualise the value and meaning of signs and languages. The 12th Linguistic Landscape Workshop invites you to take a closer look at the political, economic and technological structures and processes that regulate the production, circulation and consumption of semiotic resources in and about places. A political economic perspective on language allows us to conceptualise the differential valorisation of semiotic resources in particular spaces and places. This is important since different language hierarchies and regimes prevail in different spatiotemporal contexts, resulting in varied (in)visibility and (im)mobility for individual semiotic resources.

We particularly invite contributions focusing on topics related to this theme, but we also welcome contributions addressing other topics of relevance to the field of Linguistic Landscape.


We invite you to submit an abstract no later than 31 January 2020 through the online conference tool. Please make sure that your abstract is no longer than 300 words and you specify which theoretical approach you draw upon, which analytical framework you employ and what data you investigate.

Your abstracts will be reviewed by the conference’s scientific committee and decisions will be sent out by 15 March 2020. All accepted papers will be given a total of 30 minutes (20 for presentation and 10 for discussion).

Post-conference PhD course

A PhD course will be given in conjunction with the workshop, with a physical meeting in Gothenburg 14-16 September 2020. The course will focus on the political economy of language and space/place.

Invited lecturers: Adam Jaworski, Monica Heller, Alexandre Duchêne, Luisa Martín Rojo, Alfonso del Percio, Kellie Gonçalves, Jackie Jia Lou, Sari Pietikäinen and Helen Kelly-Holmes.

If you want to register for the course, please contact Johan Järlehed (johan.jarlehed@sprak.gu.se). The course syllabus will


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