CFP: Edited Volume: Authenticity across Languages and Cultures – Transcultural and Philosophical Motives in Foreign Language Teaching & Learning

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Aim of the book

In the research literature on foreign-language teaching and learning (FLTL), ‘authenticity’ emerges as an important issue (for a list of relevant publications, see the file ‘References’). The term, due to its strong connotation and its colloquial ubiquity, has been used to denote a multitude of concepts. This volume is conceptually grounded in the writings of Will (2018) and Pinner (2016), who have recently contributed to an increased level of discursive clarity (Will) on the one hand, and a promising reconceptualization (Pinner) on the other. One of the main aims of this interdisciplinary volume is a new conceptual cohesion in accordance with seminal works in FLTL (e.g. van Lier, Widdowson, Breen), literary and cultural studies (e.g. Delanoy, Kramsch, Butler) as well as in existentialist philosophy (e.g. Sartre, Heidegger). In this book, ‘authenticity’ will be investigated as an educational construct apt to enrich (the modern) foreign language classrooms  and university lecture halls in an age of globalisation, digitalisation, mobility and transculturality. With the contributors to this book coming from different countries and continents, the WHO, WHAT and HOW of ‘authenticity’ shall be investigated, overcoming widespread notions of native-speakerism, essentialism and stereotype. We encourage both theoretical and conceptual as well as empirical papers.

List of possible topics, but not limited to:

The Concept of Authenticity and FLTL (Editorial by Pinner & Will)/ Historical Perspectives on Authenticity and FLTL/ Authenticity and Identity in FLTL/ Authenticity and Heritage Speakers in FLTL/ Authenticity and Curricula in FLTL/ Authenticity and FL Teacher Training/ Authenticity and Literature(s) in FLTL/ Authenticity and Culture(s) in FLTL/Authenticity and Tasks in FLTL/ Authenticity and Assessment in FLTL

Intended audience

Given its scope and nature, this edited volume hopes to become an important reference source for practitioners and researchers in general and teachers and teacher-trainers in particular, but also reading material in undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the field of authenticity in FLTL around the globe. The book aspires to become a point of reference in pre- and in-service teacher training in general and in language education.

The edited volume will be divided into several sections and include:

•  an introduction to the volume by the editors

•  an editorial written by Pinner (Tokyo) and Will (Gießen) – two scholars with expertise in this field

•  the submitted chapters with short abstracts (max. 250 words) in BE spelling

•  bibliographical references at the end of each chapter

•  note on contributors

Expression of interest, submission of title/abstract (250–300 words) and 4–5 key words due by January 31, 2020

Authors will be notified by March 1, 2020

Please send your abstract to

 Editors: Wolfgang Stadler (Innsbruck) / Leo Will (Gießen) / tbd

Contact Persons at Innsbruck, UoA, Beit Berl, UoP

Austria & Germany: Wolfgang Stadler: Canada/US: Alla Nedashkivska: Israel: Anat Benson: South Africa: Irma Eloff:

Type: Edited volume/Working Language: English (please use British spelling) Length: 140,000–150,000 words/Publishers: Narr Verlag, Tübingen, Germany (one option)