linguistic landscape workshop september 2020

The political economy of language and space/place

Culture and languages

12th Linguistic Landscape Workshop. 1-3 September 2021, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

1 Sep 2021 - 3 Sep 2021

Department of Languages and Literatures

Important dates

  • Renewed and Last Call for papers: 20 January 2020
  • Deadline for submitting abstracts: 15 February 2021
  • Decision of acceptance: 15 March 2021
  • Registration: 1 April - 15 May 2021


In the last years, there has been a strong drive within LL-studies to 'go beyond the signs', which often has been interpreted as talking to the producers, owners and readers of signs to learn more about how they conceptualize the value and meaning of signs and languages. The 12th Linguistic Landscape Workshop invites you to take a closer look at the political, economic and technological structures and processes that regulate the production, circulation and consumption of semiotic resources in and about places. A political economic perspective on language allows us to conceptualise the differential valorisation of semiotic resources in particular spaces and places. This is important since different language hierarchies and regimes prevail in different spatiotemporal contexts, resulting in varied (in)visibility and (im)mobility for individual semiotic resources. The conference is dedicated to Jan Blommaert whose ground-breaking work on language and social inequalities has been influential in Linguistic Landscape research.


The conference will take place online, with real-time presentations and discussions.


Johan Järlehed, Tommaso Milani, Tove Rosendal

The Swedish Academy