Malaysia International Conference on Foreign Languages (MICFL 2010)
|Event Date/Time: Dec 01, 2010||End Date/Time: Dec 02, 2010|
|Registration Date: Dec 01, 2010|
|Abstract Submission Date: May 01, 2010|
|Paper Submission Date: Sep 01, 2010|
Languages and the Construction of Identities
Language is a crucial component in the construction of identity in that languages and varieties of language are ways of expressing and recognising the many social identities people have. Scholars insist on the centrality of language as the necessary and primary medium of thought and action therefore, the formation of social relations and groups, cultural norms and practices, and ultimately the formation of subjectivity itself, is seen as a function of language-mediated processes.
Language and identity is a current focus of research in a broad range of academic disciplines. Current studies favour the social construction of self and society in view of specific time and place of the exchange which is in constant construction and renegotiation. In addition, the Internet has provided a new context for identity exploration, as the virtual world provides a venue to explore a complex set of relationships that is flexible and potentially anonymous.
Consequently, research in the dynamics of these discourses coupled with the multiplicity and flexibility of identities would be an enriching and rewarding endeavour, not only for researchers and scholars but the comprehension of these identities coming into play creates tolerance and results in effective transmission of messages and communication.
This conference is organised by:
Department of Foreign Languages
Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication
Universiti Putra Malaysia
43400 UPM Serdang
Selangor Darul Ehsan
The Department of Foreign Languages was established in 1995 offering the programmes of Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language with the first programme specializing in Chinese language and the following year Arabic language (1996). Later two new programmes were offered: French and German languages.
In line with the Research University status, postgraduate programmes in Arabic and Chinese Literature were proposed in 2007. Since the conception of the Department of Foreign Languages, several seminars and conferences both national and international levels have been organized to promote languages and literature. The first Malaysia International Conference on Foreign Languages (MICFL) was organised in 2007. This conference received participation from local and foreign academics and researchers.