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PhD position on Arabic sociolinguistics

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Français - Anglais

Date Limite Candidature : jeudi 24 juin 2021

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General information

Reference : UMR7310-CHRVAY-003
Workplace : AIX EN PROVENCE
Date of publication : Thursday, June 3, 2021
Scientific Responsible name : Catherine MILLER
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 October 2021
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

Objective and subject of the thesis, scientific field and scientific themes Detailed presentation of the research project (cooperative aspect) Material and financial scientific conditions of the research project Objective of promoting the research work of the doctoral student Bibliographical references
The subject of the thesis will focus on “Language Biographies: Routes of sub-Saharan migrants and relation to the Arabic language”.
This project aims to study the practices and representations of Arabic by sub-Saharan migrants (non-Arabic native speakers), who acquire Arabic during their stay or transit in the Maghreb (in Libya in particular). The theoretical frame of the project is based on an anthropological linguistics approach of mobility and globalization.
Through the study of individual itineraries and mobilities, and the establishment of language biographies, the project will focus on the links between language representations and lived experiences. It will analyze how the relationships between “Self” and “the Other” are constructed and evolve (Pennycook, 2010, 2014; Bucholtz and Hall, 2010). Among the various transit circuits through the Maghreb, particular interest will be focused on migrants who have passed through Libya at one time or another.
The project will involve multi-site observations and interviews, particularly in Marseille and Tunisia.

Selected bibliography
Blommaert, Jan (2010). The Sociolinguistic of globalization. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Blommaert, J. and Rampton, B. (2011). Language and Superdiversity. Diversities., vol. 13, no. 2, 1-22
Bucholtz, Marie and Hall, Kira (2010). Locating Identity in Language. In Dominic Watt and Carmen Llamas (eds.), Language and Identities.
Hatoss, Anikó (2013). Displacement, Language Maintenance and Identity. Sudanese Refugees in Australia. . Amsterdam/Philaldelphia John Benjamins.
Pennycook, Alastair (2012). Language and Mobility. Unespected Places. Multilingual Matters.

Work Context

Presentation of the CNRS, the doctoral school and the specialism of the doctoral school, the laboratory, the team, the supervising team, the partners (e.g. within the framework of a UMR), interactions and collaborations, the working environment, objectives and resources available.
This CNRS international SHS contract will be carried out within the Doctoral School 355, Espaces Cultures & Sociétés d'Aix Marseille University. It will take place in partnership between IREMAM (UMR7310) and the IRMC in Tunis, two multidisciplinary laboratories specialized in areal studies on the Arab and Muslim worlds. The doctoral student will be integrated under the supervision of Catherine Miller DR1 in the Languages, Literatures and Linguistics axis of IREMAM. His work will be part of the transversal axis (Circulations, spaces, regulations) of IREMAM and the Circulations: mobilities and migrations (intra-Maghreb, Maghreb-sub-Saharan Africa and Mediterranean) axis of IRMC.
The doctoral student will benefit from the multidisciplinary environment of these two laboratories, particularly with regard to research on migration and international mobility. He will have access to the material resources made available to doctoral students (offices, computers, assistance with missions, etc.). Within the MMSH, he will be able to participate in the many seminars offered by the laboratories.

Constraints and risks

Constraints and specific features of the post:
Specific safety conditions, if applicable
Travel requirements, administrative procedures Example:
“The successful candidate shall be enrolled on a PhD programme of the ED355 doctoral school. It implies a mandatory mobility between IREMAM and IMRC with one or several stays in Tunisia for a total duration of one year.

Additional Information

Skills required:
Training, scientific skills and experience required
Language skills
Writing skills, ability to formulate/work on a scientific project
Ability to work in a team
Ability to work independently, organisational ability and ability to account for one's own actions
Other (adaptable to the constraints of the work, ability to communicate and to argue a case, powers of analysis, summary and critical evaluation, ability to learn and develop one's skills, flexibility and adaptability, creativity, able to take the initiative, resilience)

Other:
Documents to be provided
Closing date for the receipt of applications

“The candidate must have a Masters 2 specialized in Arabic studies and soiciolinguistics. The post requires a high level of communication skills, both oral and written (French and English required) to be able to present at conferences and write articles in scientific publications. An excellent knowledge of the relevant sociolinguistic littérature is imperative. We are looking for a PhD fellow who has already experience in field work research among migrant population. The post requires a high sense of autonomy, mobility and adaptation to be in capacity of undertaking research field work in sensitive contexts.
In addition, the candidate must be able to work in a team on multi-disciplinary projects. Applications must include a detailed CV; at least two references (people who may be contacted); a cover letter of one page; a one-page résumé of the dissertation for the Masters; grades for the Masters 1 or 2.
The closing date for sending applications is 29/06/2021

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