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Thu Jul 21 2022

Calls: Sociolinguistics / Journal of Language and Discrimination (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Sarah Goldfinch <>

Date: 12-Jul-2022
From: Maria Mazzoli <>
Subject: Sociolinguistics / Journal of Language and Discrimination (Jrnl)
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Full Title: Journal of Language and Discrimination

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 26-Aug-2022

Call for Papers:

Special issue: Diversity Management for Social Justice (September 2023)
Mazzoli, Maria, Aurélie Joubert, Flávio Eiró, Seonok Lee (editors)

Preliminary call for abstracts / expressions of interest.

This special issue of The Journal of Language and Discrimination puts forward a multidisciplinary applied framework for managing diversity with the aim of fostering social justice. We conceive of “social justice” as fairness manifested in society, thus including equal access to healthcare, education, employment, housing, and more. We define “management” as the actions undertaken to influence or intervene on language and cultural practices in specific environments. Managing diversity is key to implementing a holistic approach to social justice.

We invite researchers interested in critically engaging with practices of diversity management, looking at design, implementation or evaluation phases of such policies. In particular, we encourage potential contributors to engage with decolonial, feminist and anti-racism literature and activist work in their analyses of management practices and policy texts. Specific topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

- Decolonizing policy writing and management practices
- Diversity management and urban policies
- Diversity management and policies in education
- Diversity management in the workplace
- Diversity management, language planning and indigenous minorities

Contemporary urban superdiversity (Duarte & Gogolin 2013; Grin et al. 2022) challenges traditional approaches to social cohesion and justice, resulting in a need to modernize long-established policies, also in the light of current debates on decolonising practices (Tuck & Yang 2012). In superdiverse schools, the student population brings in dozens of languages from local and migrant minorities which leads some schools to adopt restrictive policies about language use in class, in the school area or on the school Ipad. The PISA reports testify that multilingual pupils receive worse grades compared to their monolingual peers (Cummins 2018), creating a long-lasting effect of discrimination across generations. Linguistic discrimination is also rampant in the housing market, determining segregation patterns in the urban context (DuBois 2019, Rojas Loa et al. 2022). This discrimination emerges out of the racialisation of linguistic practices, which is anchored in long-lasting ethnic and racial hierarchisation (Rosa & Flores 2017). It is therefore crucial to approach diversity and diversity policies critically.


Cummins, Jim. 2018. Urban multilingualism and educational achievement: Identifying and implementing evidence-based strategies for school improvement. In Piet Van Avermaet, et al. (eds.), The Multilingual Edge of Education. London: Macmillan Publishers Ltd. 67–90.

Duarte, Joana and Ingrid Gogolin (eds.). 2013. Linguistic Superdiversity in Urban Areas. Research Approaches. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

DuBois, Inke. 2019. Linguistic Profiling across neighborhoods: apartment search with German, Turkish and US-American names and accents. Journal of Language and Discrimination 3(2): 92–119.

Grin, François, Marácz, László, Pokorn, and Nike K. (eds.) 2022. Advances in Interdisciplinary Language Policy. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Rojas Loa, Valentina, Maria Mazzoli, Vittorio Dell'Aquila, Enrico Tolotti, and Lena Heins. 2022. “Bremen spricht“. Karten und Datensammlung zur Sprachvielfalt der Bremer Schulbevölkerun. Senatorin für Kinder und Bildung.

Rosa, J., and Flores, N. 2017. Unsettling race and language: Toward a raciolinguistic perspective. Language in Society, 46(5), 621–647.

Tuck, Eve and K. Wayne Yang. 2012. Decolonization is not a metaphor. Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, 1(1).

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