Talks

Invited talks (a selection)

12/2021
"Dialekt und Standard: Integration in der Deutschschweiz", Departement für deutsche Sprache und Literatur, Universität Genf, BA-/MA-Seminar Prof. Daniel Elmiger.

01/2021
Invited lecture “Multilingual migrant economies: A sociolinguistic ethnography of Thai massage in Vienna in the Doctoral Training Unit “Capitalizing on Linguistic Diversity in Education“ (DTU CALIDIE), University of Luxembourg [online].

06/2020
Invited lecture "Einschätzungen von Arbeitssuchenden und ihren Sprachkompetenzen: Zwischen Motivation, Integration und Investition ", Institut Institut für Kommunikationswissenschaft, Universität Duisburg-Essen [online], BA-/MA-course Prof. Dr. Hannes Krämer.

10/2019
Invited lecture "Regulating language: a comparison of integration policies in Switzerland and Austria" in the English Department lecture series, University of Lausanne.

6/2019
Invited lecture "Spannungsfeld Arbeit, Integration und Sprachkompetenzen: Eine soziolinguistische Diskussion", Linguistikzirkel WU Wien.

11/2018
Invitation by Dr. Marián Sloboda, Department of Central European Studies, Charles University, Prague. Lecture in MA course: "Language and ethnic economies: challenges and questions for linguistic anthropology".

10/2018
Invited lecture "Mehrsprachigkeit und das neoliberale Sprachregime" in the lecture series on "Mehrsprachigkeit. Herausforderungen und Perspektiven für Schule und Gesellschaft", jointly organised by Dr. Hannes Schweiger and Dr. Beatrice Müller (University of Vienna), Prof. Sara Hägi-Mead (Bergische Universität Wuppertal) and Dr. Michael Dobstadt (TU Dresden).

10/2017
Invitation as key note speaker to the doctoral school "Language, Ethnography and Activism", organized by Dr. Miguel Pérez-Milans and Dr. Alfonso Del Percio, Department of Education, University College London: "Critical ethnography".

07/2017
Invitation as key note speaker to the Summer School "Vocational Integration in Post-Migrant Society", organized by Prof. Dr. Friedrich Funke & Dr. Sara Hägi-Mead, Zentrum für Integrationsforschung, TU Dresden: "Discourses of Integration: Languages, Skills and Professional Integration".

05/2017
Guest lecture at the Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan, University of Oslo: "How to be "exotic" in Europe: a sociolinguistic ethnography in Thai massage studios".

12/2016
Invitation by Dr. Niku Dorostkar: High School, Vienna. "Dialect and Kindergarten Education: Language policies, language ideologies" (in German).

10/2015
Invitation by Prof. Dr. Christiane Hohenstein: MA-Seminar, Department of Interpretation Studies, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW): "Migration and environment: a discursive approach" (in German).

12/2014
Österreichische Linguistiktagung, Vienna, Austria: "Sprachnachweis Schweiz" (invited talk) in the panel: "Netzwerk Sprachenrechte".

08/2013
Invitation by Prof. em. Dr. Iwar Werlen: LINEE+ General Assembly, University of Basel: "The regulation of integration in Basel: a critical sociolinguistic perspective".

03/2012
Invitation by Prof. Dr. Brigitta Busch: Arbeitskreis Migrationsforschung, Institut für Sprachwissenschaft, Universität Wien: "Integration im sprachpolitischen Spannungsfeld der Schweiz" (in German).

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Conference presentations (a selection)

08/2022
3rd International Conference on Sociolinguistics (ics3), Prague, Czech Republik. “Moving beyond the ethnic lens? Language, gender and ethnicity in the economy of Thai massage in Vienna”, in the panel: “Language and migrant economies: affordances and constraints” 

07/2022
Sociolinguistics Symposium 24 (SS24), Ghent, Belgium. “Precarious positionalities: doing sociolinguistic research on racialized and sexualized bodies”, in the panel with Jonas Hassemer: “Precarious ethnography”.

06/2019
International Pragmatics Association (IPRA), Hong Kong, China. “Reflexive ethnography: shifting and ambiguous positions”, in the panel with Jürgen Spitzmüller & Jonas Hassemer: “The order of things and that thing called order: Pragmatic inquiry as a metapragmatic practice”.

10/2018
Österreichische Linguistiktagung (ÖLT), Innsbruck, Austria. “Liminalität und Prekarität im epistemologischen Fokus einer reflexiven Ethnographie“ with Jonas Hassemer, in the panel “Prekaritätserfahrungen – Soziolinguistische Perspektiven auf Subjekte/Praktiken in Ambivalenz, Liminalität und Krise”, co-organised with Jürgen Spitzmüller, Christian Bendl & Jonas Hassemer.

09/2018
International Conference on Sociolinguistics (ics2), Budapest, Hungary. “Female ethnic economies and the trappings of desire. A sociolinguistic perspective”, in the panel: “Language and affective capitalism”, organised by Alfonso Del Percio & Kati Dlaske.

08/2018
Sociolinguistics Symposium 22 (SS22), Auckland, New Zealand.

  • “From Orientalism to Exoticism: Sociolinguistic re-essentialisation or deconstruction of regions?”, in the panel “Rethinking regions”, co-organized with Brook Bolander.
  • “From the protection of languages to postulating a right to language – The Network Language Rights (Netzwerk SprachenRechte) in Austria” with Brigitta Busch, in the invited panel “Advocacy in language policy”, organised by Elana Shohamy & Piet van Avermaet.
  • “Interconnections between language, work and ethnicity: A case study of Thai massage studios in Vienna”, in the panel “Making workers: Language, migration and the politics of the Self”, organised by Sibo Kanobana & Sara Nyssen.

06/2017
International Symposium on Bilingualism 11 (ISB11), Limerick, Ireland. “Bilingual competences as a condition for commodification: an ethnography of Thai massage studios in Vienna“, in the invited panel: “Bilingualism and Commodification: Taking stock and moving forward“, organised by Prof. Helen Kelly-Holmes.

06/2016
Sociolinguistics Symposium 21 (SS21), Murcia, Spain. “The institutional management of language competences in the context of unemployment: A case study“ (with Dr. Renata Coray) in the panel “Local, nation-state and international linguistic regimes at the crossroads: Transnational trajectories of language world workers in globalised labour spaces“.

04/2016
AAAL 2016 (American Association for Applied Linguistics, Orlando, USA: “On the commodification of the “exotic” and its limits: a theoretical approach” in the panel: “Exploring the limits of language commodification: Changing regimes of value in space and time”, organised by Dr. Sebastian Muth.

06/2015
The Sociolinguistics of Globalization, Hong Kong: “The management of a multilingual workforce: an ethnography of a Swiss call centre” in the panel: “Virtual workplace talk”, organised by Dr. Johanna Woydack.

06/2014
Sociolinguistics Symposium 20 (SS20), Jyväskylä, Finland: “On the negotiation of desirability: Foreign workers in the Swiss labour market” in the panel: “The Desire for Mobility and Multilingualism: Between Public Discourse and Subjective Agency”, organised by Dr. des Martina Zimmermann.

11/2013
AAA Annual Meeting 2013 (AAA), Chicago, USA: “Language and integration: Dissecting a political discourse” in the panel co-organized with Shirley Yeung: “Discourses of Integration: Language, Skills, and the Politics of Difference”.

03/2013
AAAL 2013 (American Association for Applied Linguistics), Dallas, USA: “Win-Win?! Language regulation for competitiveness in universities” (with Martina Zimmermann) in the panel co-organized with Dr. Alfonso Del Percio: “Neoliberalism Linguistically Applied”.

10/2012
Colloquium “La construction discursive du ‘locuteur francophone’ en milieu minoritaire. Problématiques, méthodes et enjeux”, Moncton, Canada: “’La langue’ comme clé de l’intégration: L’effacement discursive du plurilinguisme suisse dans les débats politiques”.

02/2012
Vals-Asla Colloquium 2012, Lausanne, Switzerland: “Eine Stadt der Kommunikation? Urbane Mehrsprachigkeit als Wirtschaftsstrategie” (with Prof. Alexandre Duchêne ) in the panel: “Représentations, gestion et pratiques de la diversité linguistique dans des entreprises européennes”.

04/2010
LINEE Closing Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia: “Language policy-planning and discourse analysis: Some theoretical considerations” (with Dr Patrick Studer, Dr Vitek Dovalil, Dr Felicia Kreiselmaier and Dr Niku Dorostkar).

09/2009
42nd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE42), Lisbon, Portugal: “Languages as the key to integration? The ideological role of diglossia in German-speaking Switzerland” in the panel: “Ideological conceptualisations of language in discourses of linguistic diversity”.

12/2008
36. Österreichische Linguistiktagung (ÖLT), Vienna, Austria: “Discourses on multilingualism: Österreichische und Schweizer Mehrsprachigkeitsdiskurse im Kontext europäischer Sprachenpolitik” (with Dr Niku Dorostkar) in the verbal panel: “DYLAN meets LINEE – Aspekte der Mehrsprachigkeit in Europa”.

07/2008
18th International Congress of Linguists (CIL18), Seoul, South Korea: “Language policy and planning and the interactive ‚turn’” (with Dr Patrick Studer and Dr Felicia Kreiselmaier).

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Organised conference panels (a selection)

08/2022
3rd International Conference on Sociolinguistics (ics3), Prague, Czech Republik. Panel: "Language and migrant economies: affordances and constraints" [postponed from August 2020]

08/2021
AILA 2020, Groningen, Netherlands. Panel with Judith Purkarthofer: "Speaking subjects - Biographical methods in multilingualism research" [postponed from August 2020]

06/2019
International Pragmatics Association (IPRA), Hong Kong, China. Panel with Jürgen Spitzmüller & Jonas Hassemer: "The order of things and that thing called order: Pragmatic inquiry as a metapragmatic practice".

10/2018
Österreichische Linguistiktagung (ÖLT), Innsbruck, Austria. Panel with Jürgen Spitzmüller, Christian Bendl & Jonas Hassemer: "Prekaritätserfahrungen - Soziolinguistische Perspektiven auf Subjekte/Praktiken in Ambivalenz, Liminalität und Krise".

06/2018
Sociolinguistics Symposium 22 (SS22), Auckland, New Zealand. Panel with Brook Bolander: "Rethinking regions".

12/2017Österreichische Linguistiktagung (ÖLT), Klagenfurt, Austria. Panel with Univ.-Doz. Dr. Brigitta Busch: "Einschluss/Ausschluss - Perspektiven der Angewandten Sprachwissenschaft". Discussant: Dr. Martina Zimmermann, PH Luzern.

06/2017
International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB11), Limerick, Ireland. Panel with Kamilla Kraft: "Multilingualism, work, and integration: between emancipation and stratification". Discussant: Prof. Cécile Vigouroux, Simon Fraser University.

11/2016
Österreichische Linguistiktagung (ÖLT), Graz, Austria. Panel with Prof. Jürgen Spitzmüller and Christian Bendl: "Soziale Positionierung als sprachliche Praxis: theoretische Konzepte und methodische Zugänge".

06/2016
Sociolinguistics Symposium 21 (SS21), Murcia, Spain. Panel with Dr. Beatriz Lorente: "Language practices and the (re)production of the 'Other'"

01/2016
Vals-Asla Colloquium 2016, Geneva, Switzerland. Panel with Dr. Alfonso Del Percio: "Marketing Multilingual Switzerland".

11/2013
AAA Annual Meeting 2013 (American Anthropological Association), Chicago, USA. Panel with Shirley Yeung: "Discourses of Integration: Language, Skills, and the Politics of Difference". Discussant: Prof. Bonnie McElhinny, University of Toronto.

07/2013
Congrès International Réseau Francophone de Sociolinguistique, Corti, Corsica. Panel with Dr Alfonso Del Percio: "La capitalisation du francais: sous quelles conditions et pour qui?" Discussant: Prof. Monica Heller, University of Toronto.

03/2013
AAAL 2013 (American Association for Applied Linguistics), Dallas, USA. Panel with Dr Alfonso Del Percio: "Neoliberalism Linguistically Applied". Discussants: Prof. Luisa Martín Rojo, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid & Prof. Aneta Pavlenko, Temple University.

08/2012
Sociolinguistics Symposium 19 (SS19), Berlin, Deutschland. Panel with Dr Alfonso Del Percio and Prof. Alexandre Duchêne: "The legitimate speaker in a transforming political economy". Discussant: Prof. Susan Gal, University of Chicago.

02/2012
Vals-Asla Colloquium 2012, Lausanne. Double panel with Prof. Alexandre Duchêne: "Le plurilinguisme comme capital? Langues et nouvelle économie globalise" & "Le plurilinguisme comme capital? Langues et locuteurs minoritaires à l'épreuve de la mondialisation".