• Etichette: challenges and adaptation

Languaging Identities in Changing TimesChallenges and opportunities

Languaging Diversity is an international biennial conference of the I-Land Inter-university Research Center, an international and interdisciplinary center based at the University of Napoli L’Orientale, Italy. It welcomes scholars interested in a variety of fields such as Linguistics, Social Sciences, and the Humanities. The concepts of identity and diversity are at the core of the conference series. These are investigated cross-culturally, cross-linguistically and from interdisciplinary perspectives. Following the seven successful events hosted by the Universities of Napoli (2013), Catania (2014), Macerata (2016), Cagliari (2017), Antwerp (2018), Teruel (2019), and Lille (2021), the eighth edition of the Languaging Diversity conference (LD2023) is organized by the University of Torino, Italy. The present volume is a collection of extended abstracts submitted to the 8th edition of the Languaging Diversity Conference (LD2023) titled ‘Languaging identities in changing times: Challenges and opportunities’. The 2023 version of the conference is jointly organised by the Department of Foreign Languages, Literature and Modern Cultures and the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society at the University of Torino, Italy. The theme of the conference focuses on the representation and the languaging of identities against the backdrop of our rapidly changing societies. Cultures, traditions, and customs are evolving very quickly; in the same way, the interpretation of the concept of identity is undergoing a significant transformation. Languaging Diversity 2023 brings together researchers from a wide range of research disciplines and from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The contributions explore how people embrace the opportunities and overcome the challenges of current times to create a space for their identities to be acknowledged and recognized. The book of abstracts gathers four plenary talks, four panels that include twenty presentations, seventy-two parallel presentations and six poster presentations, totalling a number of 102 talks. The abstracts discuss the conference theme in relation to gender and sexuality, ethnicity, disability, ageism, religion, ecology, medicine and science, media, politics, the law, education, and learning. The abstracts in this volume also reflect a broad range of the spectrum of theoretical and analytical approaches to study the interface between language and identity such as ethnographic, case studies, multimodal, multilingual, translational, textual and corpus-based methods.