CALPIU’12 Call for Papers


Conference theme

CALPIU’12 is the second open conference organized by the CALPIU Research Centre for the Study of Cultural and Linguistic Practices in the International University. The aim of CALPIU’12 is to discuss various aspects of the consequences of transnational student mobility. Student mobility makes necessary both cultural and linguistic accommodation and learning processes. We are witnessing a huge increase in the learning of languages to be used as lingua francas by academic teachers and students, not least English, ‘the language of Globalization’. However, forces of ‘localization’, too, are manifest at every university trying to adopt internationalization strategies, the tension between the global and the local – uniformity and diversification – creating a multidimensional space for new kinds of cultural and linguistic hybridity to flourish in. There is a new open-mindedness regarding the roles and identities of self and others, leading to new patterns of linguistic/interactive, educational and social practices. We aim to further the theoretical understanding of these processes, those of active and receptive multilingualism as well as language alternation in interaction.

Keynote speakers

François Grin, Université de Genève, Switzerland

Andy Kirkpatrick, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

Joan Turner, Goldsmiths College, University of London, Great Britain

Round table

In addition to the keynote speakers, the conference will feature a round table of invited speakers who will present and discuss various approaches to multilingualism in the international university. The panelists are:

Hanne Leth Andersen, Roskilde University, Denmark (University Vice President, Panel Chair)

François Grin, Université de Genève, Switzerland

Peter Harder, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

David C.S. Li, Hong Kong Institute of Education, China

Jan K. Lindström, University of Helsinki, Finland

Jean-Jacques Weber, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Proposals for papers - deadline 16 August, 2011

Proposals are invited for individual papers (200-250 words) and should be submitted for refereeing by August 16, 2011. This includes contributions to pre-arranged panels.

Papers that are not submitted as part of pre-arranged panels will be arranged into thematically coherent panels by the conference organizers. The thematic panels will be issued with a panel chair (not just a session chair) and the panelists will be asked to coordinate their presentations before the conference. Panels will be organized in slots of either 90 or 120 minutes and will typically consist of 3 or 4 papers.

Topics for panels and papers

We welcome all proposals that address the general conference theme.

The following list is provided as inspiration for topics that could potentially be addressed under the headings of cultural and linguistic practices in the international university and transnational student mobility in higher education:

  1. Multilingualism in higher education

  2. Teaching and learning in ‘another language’

  3. Lingua francas in higher education

  4. Interactional competence in the international university

  5. Transnational mobility and local languages

  6. Cultural reflexivity and intercultural dynamics

  7. Social life in a multilingual institutional context

  8. Institutional roles and authenticity

  9. Language policy and ideology

  10. Collecting and working with multilingual data and corpora

  11. Methods for studying linguistic and cultural diversity


All these topics can be dealt with from the perspective of the four fields of practice in the international university that

CALPIU investigates:

  1. 1.The communicative practice and self-conception of the university as an actor in a multilingual world

  2. 2.Student-teacher interactions

  3. 3.Student-student interactions

  4. 4.Student-Administrative staff interactions


Deadline for final registration is February 1, 2012. Details about venue, accommodation, etc. can be found on this website.  

Scientific committee

The following scholars have accepted our invitation to form the scientific committee:

Evangelos Afendras (Sultan Qaboos University, Oman)

Erich Berendt (Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand)

Heidi Bojsen (Roskilde University, Denmark)

Tove Bull (University of Tromsø, Norway)

Josep Maria Cots (University of Lleida, Spain)

Florian Coulmas (German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo, Japan)

Nikolas Coupland (Cardiff University, Great Britain)

Annjo K. Greenall (The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway)

Michelle Gu (Hong Kong Institute of Education, China)

Britt-Louise Gunnarsson (Uppsala University, Sweden)

Juliane House (University of Hamburg, Germany)

Keiko Ikeda (Kansai University, Osaka, Japan)

J. Normann Jørgensen (Copenhagen University, Denmark)

Ida Klitgård (Roskilde University, Denmark)

Anna Mauranen (University of Helsinki, Finland)

Jacob Mey (University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark)

Sarita Monjane Henriksen (Universidade Pedagógica, Maputo, Mozambique)

Catherine Montgomery (Northumbria University, Newcastle, Great Britain)

Maurice Nevile (Australian National University, Canberra, Australia)

Jochen Rehbein (Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey)

Celia Roberts (King's College London, Great Britain)

Taina Saarinen (University of Jyväskyla, Finland)

Philip Shaw (Stockholm University, Sweden)

Johannes Wagner (University of Southern Denmark, Kolding, Denmark)

Christa van der Walt (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)

Gu Yueguo (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China)

Geneviève Zarate (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, Paris, France)

Conference chair

Bent Preisler (Roskilde University, Denmark)

Johannes Wagner (University of Southern Denmark, Kolding, Denmark)


Organising committee

Anne H. Fabricius (Roskilde University, Denmark)

Hartmut Haberland (Roskilde University, Denmark)

Spencer Hazel (Roskilde University, Denmark)

Julie de Molade (Roskilde University, Denmark)

Janus Mortensen (Roskilde University, Denmark)

Bent Preisler (Roskilde University, Denmark)


About the CALPIU research centre

The CALPIU research centre was initiated by a group of researchers within sociolinguistics, conversation analysis, discourse, and communication analysis at Roskilde University, Denmark. It now links more than 50 senior and junior researchers from 23 universities and research centers in Denmark, other Nordic countries (Finland, Norway and Sweden), and beyond (Australia, China, India, Japan, Spain, and UK).

The CALPIU research centre focuses on the function of language in social and cultural practice in the international university, especially the significance of language proficiency and language choice within a context marked by the development of power relations and hierarchies of influence. It also considers the significance of these power relations and hierarchies of influence vis-à-vis the organization, didactics, learning processes and academic content of educational programs in the humanities and social and natural sciences.

Call for papers is closed.

CALPIU’12: Higher education across borders: Transcultural interaction and linguistic diversity

Sunday, April 1, 2012 – Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The second international conference hosted by CALPIU, Roskilde University, Denmark