LINGUIST List 33.927

Thu Mar 10 2022

Confs: Applied Ling, Disc Analysis, Socioling, Text/Corpus Ling/Austria

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Date: 09-Mar-2022
From: Magdalena Zehetgruber <magdalena.zehetgruberwu.ac.at>
Subject: Diversity & Inclusion across Languages - Insights into Communicative Challenges from Theory and Practice
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Diversity & Inclusion across Languages - Insights into Communicative Challenges from Theory and Practice

Date: 29-Apr-2022 - 30-Apr-2022
Location: WU Vienna, Austria
Contact: Magdalena Zehetgruber
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: https://www.wu.ac.at/diversityandinclusion

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Meeting Description:

In recent years, more and more attention has been paid across the corporate and academic worlds to managing diversity and inclusion (D&I). Like the entire D&I agenda, its communicative dimension attempts to respond both to economic needs and to moral and ethical concerns.

On the one hand, celebrating a commitment to D&I has established itself as an effective and profitable strategy to attract customers and employees alike. Indeed, research focusing on different languages has shown that organizations are increasingly relying on their expressive ability to convey an inclusive identity and to represent values such as D&I as part of their institutional DNA.

On the other hand, organizations face the challenge of overcoming and tackling one of the most significant concerns of societies today, exclusion, which is often intertwined with continuing tensions between majority and minority identity groups. These tensions have a strong communicative dimension, relating, for example, to exclusion from important workplace interactions due to language diversity or to communication practices that are discriminatory and/or threaten identities.

This interdisciplinary conference aims to gain insights into communication for, within and about a diverse society. In order to do so, it will bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss two main issues:

- how organizations communicate D&I across languages; and
- how they approach language-related issues arising within global and diverse settings.


The program is available on our website. Registration is open until April 3rd





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