As some of you may be aware, HaCKS’ original incarnation ran in the academic year 2015-2016. The project’s aim was to provide a knowledgebase for researchers in sociolinguistics via this blog, and run a seminar series to showcase current research. The project ran with great success and now, after some restructuring of the original format, HaCKS is back!
The main HaCKS team now consists of:
- Nathaniel Dziura (firstname.lastname@example.org): works on language and gender/sexuality
- Tom Rollings (email@example.com): works on Russian philology
- Josh Bengough-Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org): works on historical linguistics
We all share an interest in sociolinguistics and language variation and therefore want to continue expanding on HaCKS’ original foundations.
This year, we will run a programme of workshops and, in addition, will use the blog to continue discussion beyond the topics covered during our events. Our focus for this year’s events is the theory of indexicality. Specifically, we are interested in whether this term is under-theorised in research on language variation. For a more detailed outline of HaCKS’ aims please see here.
We are pleased to report that we have secured WRoCAH funding to run 3 events this academic year (2018-2019)! Each event will be hosted at a different WRoCAH university; The first will happen in the second week of December 2018 in Sheffield, the second in February 2019 in York, and the third will be in April, 2019 hopefully in Leeds (actual dates TBC). Each event will be about 4.5 hours long including lunch (which will be provided!). Our aim is for these sessions to be more conversational than lectures, so each talk will be followed by 10-15 minutes of discussion and there will be a larger discussion at the end of each event.
We will be able to cover your costs for travelling to the events. The events would be excellent networking opportunities! They are primarily aimed at PGRs and ECRs but some of our talks will also be by full time lecturers. If you are interested in attending any of our events, we strongly suggest you register your attendance in advance through Eventbrite, so we are aware of attendance numbers (a link to registration will be posted soon).
We will be posting more information and proper schedules for the events closer to the time, so stay tuned! In the meantime, we will also be posting to our blog. Please do leave your comments and start up discussions about language and society – we want to get the conversation flowing!
If you would be interested in presenting at one of our events, or writing a post for this blog, please do not hesitate to get in contact!
Facebook group: hacksocioling
Hope to see you soon at one of our events!