The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Announcement & CFP - Travelling Languages: Culture, Communication and Translation in a Mobile World

We are pleased to announce the following forthcoming conference and call for papers:

Travelling Languages:

Culture, Communication and Translation in a Mobile World

10th Annual Conference of the International Association of Languages and Intercultural Communication

In association with

School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Leeds

and Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change, Leeds Metropolitan University

03-05 December 2010, Leeds, United Kingdom

The world is ever 'on the move'. The opportunities and challenges of both real and virtual travel are very much at the heart of the emergent interdisciplinary field of 'mobilities', which deals with the movement of peoples, objects, capital, information and cultures across an increasingly globalised and apparently borderless world. In the practices, processes and performances of moving - whether for voluntary leisure, forced migration or economic pragmatism - we are faced with the negotiation and re-negotiation of identities and meaning relating to places and pasts.

Within the increasing complexities of global flows and encounters, intercultural skills and competencies are being challenged and and re-imagined. The vital role of languages and the intricacies of intercultural dialogue have largely remained implicit in the discourses surrounding mobilities. This Conference seeks to interrogate the role of intercultural communication and of languages in the inevitable moments of encounter which arise from all forms of 'motion'.

This international and interdisciplinary event is the 10th anniversary conference of the International Association of Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC) and is being organised in association with the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change. Through this event we aim to bring together many of the sub-themes of previous IALIC conferences and focus upon the issues of culture, communication and translation in a mobile world, including: languages and intercultural communication in local and global education, tourism, hospitality, migration, translation, real and virtual border-crossings.


We are pleased to receive 20 -minute research papers or descriptions of pedagogical practice which address or go beyond the following themes:

* Moving languages - continuities and change;

* Real and virtual border crossings;

* Tourist encounters and communicating with the 'other';

* Tourism's role in inter-cultural dialogue;

* The languages of diasporas and diasporic languages;

* Dealing with dialects and the evolution/dissolution of communities;

* Hospitality and languages of welcome;

* Learning the languages of migration;

* Lingusitic boundaries and socio-cultural inclusions and exclusions;

* 'Located' and 'dislocated' languages and identities;

* Practices and performances of translation.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words including title and full contact details as an electronic file to Jane Wilkinson at<>. You may submit your abstract as soon as possible but no later than 1st June 2010.

For further details on the conference please visit: or email to<>.

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