Discord and Consensus

The 10th biennial conference of the Association for Low Countries Studies (UCL, 10-12 Sept. 2014)

Second Call for Papers and Panel Proposals (deadline: 30 April 2014)

All countries, regions and institutions are ultimately built on a
degree of consensus, on a collective commitment to a concept, belief
or value system. This consensus is continuously rephrased and
reinvented through a narrative of cohesion and challenged by
expressions of discontent and discord.

The history of the Low Countries is characterized by both a striving
for consensus and eruptions of discord both internally or through
outside challenges. In the centenary year of the outbreak of WW1, the
ALCS Biennial conference aims to explore consensus and discord in a
Low Countries context along and across broad cultural, linguistic and
historical lines.

Topics may include:
* Contemporary and historical representation of conflict and
dissent in visual art and literature
* Gedogen through the ages
* Counter-cultural art practices and dissenting narratives
* Social cohesion and the imaginative
* Language as a source of social conflict or harmony
* Language standardization processes within and across the Low Countries
* Competing linguistic norms and conflicts over the status of
language varieties
* Conflicting approaches to language pedagogy
* Discord and/or consensus emerging from studies of lexis,
semantics, pragmatics and syntax

Keynote speakers will be Dr Henriëtte Louwerse (University of
Sheffield), Prof. dr. Jan Blommaert (Tilburg University) and Prof. dr.
Inger Leemans (VU Amsterdam).

We invite both individual contributions (20-minute presentations which
will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion) and proposals for fully
constituted panels are particularly welcome. Panel conveners are
invited to suggest a 90-minutes themed panel of three speakers. We
specifically invite postgraduate students and a number of full
bursaries are available.

To see the draft programme, including special events – poetry evening
and Show and Tell at the British Library, please visit the conference
website. All conference papers should be submitted via the conference
website before 30 April 2014.