More than half of the world's population now lives in cities. Urban areas bring together a great diversity of people, cultures and styles and constitute the scene of many socio-cultural processes that shape the 21st century. Urban processes are also reflected in the dynamics of language variation that exists in today's cities. Language plays an important role in processes of place-making and in the discourse negotiation of urban identities.

Given this complexity, the study of transcultural urban spaces requires exchange and cooperation across disciplines. The aim of this conference is thus to connect scholars across various disciplines – particularly Linguistics and Cultural Geography – that share points of common interest and offer the opportunity of fruitful exchange. Offering a platform for the presentation and discussion of current investigation projects and the exchange of new theoretical and methodological approaches, the conference seeks to promote new innovative ways to study urban spaces and linguistics from a combined perspective.

Key note speakers

David Britain, Chair of Modern English Linguistics, University of Berne, Switzerland

Tim Cresswell, Professor of History and International Affairs, Associate Director for Public Humanities, Northeastern University, Boston, USA

Pilar Riaño-Alcalá, Associate Professor in Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Almeida Jacqueline Toribio, Professor of Linguistics, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, University of Texas, USA

Conference conveners

Prof. Dr. Yvette Bürki, Institute of Spanish Language and Literatures, University of Berne, Switzerland

PD Dr. Yvonne Riaño, Institute of Geography, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Dr. cand Melanie Würth, Institute of Spanish Language and Literatures, University of Berne, Switzerland

Conference fees

Presenters: EUR 50 / CHF 55.-
Presenters of the University of Berne / University of Fribourg / SUK-programmes: free
Participants without presentation: free
Sociolinguistic Events Calendar
tcc2015@rom.unibe.ch / March, 2015