Heriot Watt University

Ethnographers’ Gathering 6

Wednesday 1 February 2017, 2.00-3.30pm

Dr Delwar Hussain, University of Edinburgh 

Drawing Ethnographic Portraits

Room WA111, Riccarton Campus

Registration Closed

Creative Ethnology Studio

(jointly with Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh)

Friday 20 January 2017, 3.00-5.00pm
Dr Victoria Walters, UWE Bristol/IRC
Who is Precarious Now? An Exploration of Homing Through Art
LG11, David Hume Tower, 50 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9JU

Registration Closed

Bitter sweet in Brazil: observations on fieldwork with landless communities

07 December 2016 - 15:30-16:30 [MB.G14]

Mike Danson

Heriot-Watt University

Registration closed

Metrics for the Social Sciences and Humanities

30 November 2016 - 15:30-16:30 [EF26]

James Wilsdon

University of Sheffield

Registration closed

Interpreting the Soviet liberation: the perspective of the Baltic States and Russia

11 October 2016 - 16:15-17:05 [SR114]

Tomas Kavaliauskas

Vytautas Magnus University Kaunas & University of Klaipėda

Registration closed

IRC Symposium 2016

Intercultural Scotland: Challenges and Opportunities

19 May 2016

More than 60 participants attended the IRC's first symposium on 19 May 2016, considering challenges and opportunities faced by an increasingly multi- and intercultural Scotland.

Spurred on by the campaigns leading up to the 2014 independence referendum, there have been several tropes of a continuing debate about what, where and who Scotland was, is, and should become. One strong trope is the idea of Scotland as a trans-/intercultural society capable of an inclusive form of nationalism encompassing the "new Scots" within a way of national identity that is rooted in a shared culture rather than civic codes or descent. The symposium critically examined that trope and its wider implications, with particular focus on key areas of research at the IRC: cultural heritage, migration and language, narrative & memory, socio-cultural policy, sustainable development, and tourism management.

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BAAL Workshop


New plurilingual pathways for integration: Immigrants and language learning in the 21st Century

 Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 26th & 27th May 2016

With support from BAAL, the IRC's Nicola Bermingham organised this event as part of the BAAL / Cambridge University Press Applied Linguistics Seminar Programme 2015-2016 and COST Action IS1306 "New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe: Opportunities and Challenges".

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Politics of Language in Scotland

Tales of the standard and non-standard in Scotland

Dr James Costa
Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies
University of Oslo

Wednesday, 11 November, 3pm [room tba]

This presentation will question whether analyzing social issues in terms of regimes of language can refine how we problematize and understand language in society. It will draw on ongoing fieldwork on minority language standardization in Scotland to ask how the study of language regimentation is a way to productively link language ideologies, practices and political economy and to understand how ideologies are organized and by whom in order to shape moral orders, i.e. mutual rights and obligations. Focusing on standardization as a sociolinguistic regime premised on the idea that everyone potentially has equal access to a linguistic standard, the speaker will analyze how specific social actors mobilize categories of ‘language’, ‘dialect’ and ‘accent’ under the present ideological conditions in post-independence referendum Scotland to understand what it entails for whom: in other words, how do people do dialect or language? How are people’s actions constrained and regimented within the social space that the existence of such ideologically bound categories permits, and how are boundaries moved to implement or impede social changes? Based on the analysis of language debates over the desirability of (not) standardizing Scots, it will be argued that the regimentation of language is fundamentally about defining and managing the public space and who has access to it, and under which conditions.

Dr Costa's current research builds on his work as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oslo working as part of the STANDARDS-Standardising languages in Europe research project, led by Dr Pia Lane. He is currently trying to understand the politics of standard/non-standard language in Scotland, focusing more specifically on the registers that can be termed Scots, non-standard English etc. Broadly speaking, he is interested in contrasting the politics of standard/non-standard language in Scotland with access to the public sphere: who get's to talk, to say what, under what conditions and circumstances? Central to this work is the question of the legitimate speaker, and research in this area is also his main contribution to COST Action IS1306 "New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe" (led by Professor Bernadette O'Rourke, Heriot-Watt University, and Joan Pujolar, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya). Dr Costa has been associated with the COST network since the onset in 2011, and is currently co-coordinator of WG10 ("Legitimacy and Power") with Dr Alfonso Del Percio (University of Oslo).

For further details, please contact Prof. Bernadette O'Rourke.

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