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Tue Sep 03 2019

Calls: General Linguistics / I-LanD: Identity, Language and Diversity Journal (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 02-Sep-2019
From: Anne Marie Devlin <>
Subject: General Linguistics / I-LanD: Identity, Language and Diversity Journal (Jrnl)
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Full Title: I-LanD: Identity, Language and Diversity Journal

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Nov-2019

Call for papers for special issue (1/2020)

Negotiation of L2 Identities in the age of transnational mobility: Enactment, perception, status, and language development

This special issue focuses on L2 identities in the age of transnational mobility. It will be edited by Annarita Magliacane (Aston University), Anne Marie Devlin (University College Cork) and Noriko Iwasaki (Nanzan University).

Submission of abstracts:
Authors must send an abstract of their proposed article (max 300 words excluding references) in MS Word format by 1st November 2019. Proposals should not contain the authors' name and academic/professional affiliation but should be accompanied by an email including such personal information and sent to:;;; and Please use subject line ''I-LanD Special Issue 1/2020- abstract submission''.

Important dates:
- Submission of abstracts: Nov 1 2019
- Notification of acceptance/rejection: Nov 10 2019
- Submission of chapters: Feb 8 2020
- Submission of final manuscript: May 2020
- Publication of special issue: June 2020

Transnational mobility is a normative aspect of life for millions of people. It is especially encouraged in the area of education with UNESCO estimating that more than 5 million higher-level students study abroad (''UIS Statistics,'' n.d.). However, this represents a small proportion of those engaged in mobility. For example, within the EU just under 20 million people of working age live in an EU state other that of their citizenship (''EU citizens living in another Member State - statistical overview - Statistics Explained,'' n.d.).

Hence, transnational mobility experiences are numerous and variegated, but are underpinned by the common denominator of the need to conduct everyday life through a subsequent language and the concomitant struggle to negotiate identity via another language and environment. Despite the constellation of experiences, research has focused on students and their linguistic gains resulting in the overlooking of the full range of rationales for mobility. Such rationales play a crucial role in language and identity development because of the differential opportunities for language contact and use. (Magliacane & Howard 2019).

Notwithstanding under-representation of diversity of mobility experiences, the importance of the identity of the L2 user during mobility has been gaining traction (Anya, 2017; Benson, Barkhuizen, Bodycott, & Brown, 2012; Block, 2006; Devlin, 2018; Iwasaki, 2018; Jackson, 2008; Kinginger, 2013; Mitchell, Tracy-Ventura, & McManus, 2015; Norton, 2000). It is noted that learners' access to the language is not just shaped by their desire and motivation for acquisition ''but also by those of the others with whom they interact--people who may view learners as embodiments of identities shaped by gender, race, and social class'' (Kinginger, 2004, p. 221). However, the imposition of essentialist identities is not always unidirectional as L2 users may impose identities on the mobility environment.
The current special issue aims to broaden the range of transnational mobility contexts. Issues to be considered include but are not limited to: the linguistic enactment of identity, perceptions of identity enactment from the perspective of the user or of others; the impact of language policies on the possibilities to enact an identity, the shaping of L2 identities in differential political climates, the role of status and L2 identities in language development.

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