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Winter School 2014

Winter School on Language in Social Context in the Bernese Alps (January 13 to January 17)

Confirmed speakers

Penelope Eckert (Stanford University)
John R. Edwards (St. Francis Xavier University Nova Scotia)
Hans-Jörg Döhla (SeDyL, CNRS Paris-Villejuif)
Beat Siebenhaar (Leipzig University)
Juan Andrés Villena-Ponsoda (University of (Málaga )
David Britain (University of Bern)
Stephan Schmid (University of Zurich)
Johannes Kabatek (University of Zurich)

Art: CSLS Winter School
Where: Hotel Alfa Soleil in Kandersteg, Switzerland
When: January 13 to January 17


The Winter School is being organized by the Center for the Study of Language and Society (CSLS) at the University of Bern and its newly started PhD program Studies in Language and Society,  in collaboration with the PhD Program Transcultural Processes in Iberoromania of the Romance Department at the University of Zurich.

The Winter School focuses on two thematic subareas, one being language variation and the other being language and migration. There will be lectures of invited speakers who are experts in these areas, as well as short method workshops, and small-group sessions in which PhD students have a chance to present their research and receive feedback from an expert in the field as well as from their peers. Student presentations will take place in two parallel sessions, one being held in English, and the other in Romance languages (Spanish, Italian, or French). All lectures will be in English.

How to apply

Please email the documents listed below to the following email address:

  • a short abstract of your presentation (max. 400 words), written in the language of presentation
  • a short CV (1 page), showing most important educational and professional qualifications, and including the topic of dissertation and the name of a referee we might contact
  • a personal statement on your motivation to participate in the CSLS Winter School “Language in Social Context” (max. 100 words)

Who can apply?

The Winter School primarily addresses PhD students from linguistic and related sciences working on topics relevant for an understanding of language in social context.  Application is open to international attendance, but PhD students from the CSLS program Studies in Language and Society, its partner doctoral programs (Multilingualism, University of Fribourg, Iberoromania, and Linguistics, both University of Zurich), and other Swiss universities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Where and when?

The Winter School will be held at the Hotel Alfa Soleil in Kandersteg (CH), which is surrounded by a superb mountain scenery.  See;
It runs from Monday afternoon (arrival late morning) to Friday morning (departure at noon).


The participation fee is CHF 580 per participant. It covers the costs for board (double room) and meals (but not including travel expenses).


Nadja Bucheli (Coordinator CSLS PhD program):, or
Prof. Dr. Constanze Vorwerg (Director CSLS, Program Director PhD Program):