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Multilingual Children and their Imaginative Worlds (call for paper)

Last Updated: 30 May 2021

Call deadline: September 1st 2021

University of Oslo, Norway (online)

11-12 November 2021

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This two-day symposium seeks to shed light on how bi/multilingual children’s imaginative worlds and their language use within them can help us understand their views on languages, multilingualism, as well as the concomitant implications, outcomes and consequences for languages, communities and societies. During the symposium, we will focus on how children’s imagination mediates their language use in such imaginative spaces as naturally occurring plays at home or playground leading to language shift or intentionally created ones to catalyze using a minority language, e.g. in language revitalization efforts.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
- Prof Amy Kyratzis, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Prof Asta Cekaite & Prof Polly Björk-Willén, Linköping University
- Prof Kay Tisdall, University of Edinburgh

Call for Papers:

We invite submissions to shed light on children’s interactions during various activities involving bi/multilingual children’s creative and imaginative worlds ranging from peer-peer, child-parent, and child-teacher interactions during plays, watching TV, story reading in both offline and online spaces. We particularly encourage submissions from under-studied contexts in Global South to illustrate how children combine their experiences and use them “to construct a new reality, one that conforms to [their] own needs and desires” (Vygotsky, 1967 p. 11).

All abstracts should be submitted using the following form: https://nettskjema.no/a/201176

There would be a possibility of having the papers published as a special issue. If interested, you will be asked to submit your full article by March 1, 2022. Please express your interest in the submission form.

Vygotsky, L. S. 2004 [1967]. “Imagination and Creativity in Childhood.” Journal of Russian and East European Psychology 42(1): 7–97. Translated into English from the Russian Text Voobrazhenie i tvorchestvo v detskom vozraste (Moscow:Prosveshchenie, 1967).