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Research School "Language contact within systems and speakers" (for PhD and postgraduate scholars), 21-23 Feb 2018, University of Potsdam

The German and Slavic Departments of the University of Potsdam are pleased to announce the Research School "Language contact within systems and speakers", which will take place from 21st to 23rd February 2018 at the University of Potsdam, Germany, at Campus Am Neuen Palais, Building 9, Rooms 1.02 and 2.15.
The Research School is open to PhD and postdoc scholars, working in various subfields associated with the areas of language contact or multilingualism who strive to present and discuss their current research projects within the peer community but also want to receive feedback from renowned experts in the fields. Additionally, the Research School gives the opportunity to develop practical methodological skills by means of workshops and hands-on sessions.

More information in the call for abstracts
Description in English
Description in German


Important dates
Deadline for abstracts: 8 December 2017
Notification of acceptance: 20 December 2017
Research School: 21-23 February 2018


Invited speakers and topics

Maria Polinsky (University of Maryland) What They Know Well: The Advantages of Heritage Language Speakers
Heike Wiese (University of Potsdam) How can we capture linguistic variation in multilingual contexts? An inclusive perspective
Christoph Schroeder (University of Potsdam) Terminological tools for the description (and analysis?) of societal multilingualism. Germany as a case


Trainers and functions

Tanja Anstatt (Ruhr University Bochum) Workshop: Language production and language comprehension in the study of heritage languages
Peter Auer (University of Freiburg) Workshop: Language contact, language change and identity management in small communities
Tom Fritzsche (University of Potsdam) Hands-on session: Language acquisition: Methodologies and analyses
Adelheid Hu (University of Luxembourg) Workshop: Methodological approaches in research on multilingualism: A focus on ideologies, beliefs, and discourses
Francis M. Hult (Lund University) Workshop: Problem, Right, and Resource: Investigating Orientations to Language from a Transdisciplinary Perspective
Gunnar Jacob (University of Potsdam) Hands-on session: Methodological challenges in language-contact studies
Natascha Müller (University of Wuppertal) Workshop: The trilingual child as a window to theories of third language acquisition
Peter Rosenberg (European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)) Workshop: Variation, Change, and Boundary Marking



Here you find the programof the Research School.


Participation fee

40 Euro
Lunch meals and coffee breaks for the 3 days of the Research School are included in the fee.



Please transfer the participation fee of 40 Euro to the following bank account by latest 31st January 2018. Make sure you use the exact payment reference together with your name.

Bank: Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen (HELABE)
IBAN: DE 09 3005 0000 7110 402844
Payment Reference/Purpose: 06100-20289-25139109/YOUR NAME


Practical information

Travel information

  • General information about travelling in Potsdam and Berlin
    Potsdam can be easily reached from Berlin by means of public transportation withinabout an hour. Here you can find the public transport network of Potsdam. Here is the Berlin public transport network.
    To find your way around in Potsdam and Berlin, consult the VBB Website. Or you can download a timetable App for smartphones and mobile devices here. The name of the university bus stop is Campus Universität/Lindenallee.
  • Tickets
    You need to buy a Potsdam AB Zone ticket (2,10 Euro for a single ticket, 4,20 Euro for a daily ticket) to use the public transportation in Potsdam to go the central city part and to the university. From Berlin, you need a Berlin ABC Zone ticket (3,40 Euro for a single ticket, 7,70 Euro for a daily ticket), which is valid for both Berlin and Potsdam. You can buy your tickets either from the bus driver or from a ticket machine on the platform or in the bus.
  • How to get from Berlin to Potsdam
    Travelling from Berlin-Tegel Airport: The quickest way to get to Potsdam from Berlin-Tegel Airport is by bus and by train. Busses 109 or X9 take you to the railway station Zoologischer Garten, from which you can proceed by direct city train (S-Bahn) S7 or by regional train (Regionalexpress) RE1, travelling to Magdeburg or to Brandenburg via Potsdam. The journey will take from 45 to 75 minutes, depending upon the train you have chosen.
    Travelling from Berlin-Schoenefeld Airport: There is a regional train connection (Regionalexpress) between Potsdam and Berlin-Schoenefeld Airport, which is leaving every hour. Travel time is about 50 minutes.
    Travelling from Berlin Central Station: From Berlin Central Station you can get to Potsdam either by direct city train (S-Bahn) S7 or by regional train (Regionalexpress) RE1 to Magdeburg or to Brandenburg via Potsdam. The first option takes more time, which is about 40 minutes for the entire journey, although the city train leaves every 10 minutes. The second option can be used only two times in an hour, but it is 20 minutes quicker than the first one.

    Consult the VBB Website to get up-to-date information about your travelling options from Berlin to Potsdam. For information about getting from Potsdam Central Station to your hotel or to the conference venue University campus “Am Neuen Palais”, go to Accommodation.


The Research School will take place at the University of Potsdam, University campus „Am Neuen Palais“ in House (buidling) 9.The exact address is Am Neuen Palais 10, 14469 Potsdam. The names of the university bus stops are Campus Universität/Lindenallee (buses 605, 606, 695) or Neues Palais (buses 605, 606, 695).

Here is a campus map, showing the university builings (Houses 1-22), the cafeteria, university canteen, libraries and bus stops.
Here is an Openstreet map of the campus.


You can find here a list of accommodation possibilities in Potsdam. The hotels are listed according to the price range and distance from the conference venue.



Jana Gamper (University of Potsdam, KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt)
Teodora Radeva-Bork (University of Potsdam)

Student assistants: Jupp Krüger, Franziska Nojack







  • The workshop "The Study of Slavic Grammar from Multiple Perspectives" took place during the tenth annual meeting of the Slavic Linguistic Society (SLS) at the Heidelberg University, 4-6 September 2015. Organizer Teodora Radeva-Bork. Information 
  • The workshop "L-1 Acquisition of Syntax in the Slavic Languages" took place during the eleventh Formal Description of Slavic Languages (FDSL 11) at the University of Potsdam, 2-4 Dec 2015. Organizer Teodora Radeva-Bork. Information

Previous research projects

Feb 2003-Jun 2003 Research assistant in a historical research project at the Department of English (Univ.Prof.Dr. Herbert Schendl), University of Vienna