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Book launch for Kinga Kozminska's Soundings and the Politics of Sociolinguistic Listening for Transnational Space (Bloomsbury Academic, Series: Contemporary Studies in Linguistics).

Venue: Birkbeck 43 Gordon Square

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You are invited to the book launch for Dr Kinga Kozminska’s Soundings and the Politics of Sociolinguistic Listening for Transnational Space (Bloomsbury Academic: Contemporary Studies in Linguistics). The book launch will be a conversation between the author, Dr Kinga Kozminska (Birkbeck, University of London), and the Series Editor, Prof Li Wei (UCL IoE), followed by a Q&A session. 

Date:  4:30pm, 12 March 2024

Location: Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Sq, London WC1H 0PD

About the book:

In a world dominated by the visual, this book presents how a focus on the sounded experience and acts of listening may carve a way to reformulate emerging publics, create space for critical multilingual engagement and deepen recognition of emancipatory practices.

Examining the emerging logics and rhythms among a group of post-EU accession UK Polish migrants, this book focuses on the semiotic processes through which contemporary moving bodies and communities place themselves in sociolinguistic landscapes. It considers how they develop metrics to account for sociolinguistic change and authenticate their projects and practices in transnational timespace. In doing so, the book brings power differentials to the centre of language and objectivity debates and foregrounds material semiotics as an approach that enables a new collective potential and redefinition of sociolinguistic listening.

By connecting research on scale in migration contexts with studies of embodied soundwork and of stance in semiotics, this book highlights how a focus on the sounded sign may bring us closer to the ways in which bodies and meanings are (re)made, and collective doing and thinking are formed in the globalised world.

Kinga Kozminska (DPhil, University of Oxford) is a lecturer and researcher in sociolinguistics of globalization in the School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication at Birkbeck, University of London. Drawing on situated audio and audio-visual recordings, in her research, Dr Kozminska studies linguistic soundscapes, scale-making and material semiotic practices among transnational individuals and groups.

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