Call for Papers: 63rd Annual Conference of the ILA

Posted on the 29th Oct 2017 in the category Press Release

The theme of this conference, “Language and Religion,” draws on the universal notion of a bond between speech and worship. This bond fosters group identity and determines social roles. To the degree that language and religion shapes self-identification as the basis for determining one’s membership in the social group, it likewise establishes perspectives on those considered as outsiders. One of the most significant indicators of this emic-etic distinction involves the use of language appropriate to insiders that reveals who is a member and who is not, such as in the classic example of the shibboleth. Areas of interest to the conference theme include, but are not limited to, scholarly studies of liturgical language and speech acts, religious diglossia, calques and traductology in sacred texts, religion as political language, etc.

Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

• hieratic language

• the speech registers of different religious practices

• ritual speech and performance

• languages used in religious practices and texts (e.g., Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, etc.)

• translation of sacred texts

• use of the vernacular in the liturgy

• language in missionary activity

• language of spiritual experience

• intelligibility of religious texts

• religion and language variation

• religion and cognition

• religion and the internet

• language learning for religious purposes

• language and religion under different political circumstances (e.g., colonialism, capitalism, autocracy)

In keeping with the ILA tradition, we also invite individual papers or posters on other areas of linguistics.

Guidelines for Proposals

A paper or poster title and anonymous abstract of between 300 and 400 words, excluding references, is required along with a summary abstract for the conference booklet of no more than 150 words. On a separate page, the primary author's name, institutional affiliation, email address, and phone number, along with any additional authors' names/affiliations, must be included. Proposals will be blind-reviewed for quality and originality.

Submissions should contain mainly new material and must not have been published previously in order to be considered. All proposals should be emailed in a MSWord (.doc, .docx) file and using “ILA2018” in the subject line, to Ms. Annika Wendt, ILA Secretary at awendt@ilaword.org by Monday, January 15, 2018. Proposal acceptances will be sent by Saturday, February 24, 2018. The author(s) whose proposals have been accepted for the ILA Annual Conference must register before the registration deadline (Monday, March 12, 2018) in order to be included in the Conference Program.

Send inquiries to one of the Co-Chairs: Walter Petrovitz, wp@stjohns.edu; Kathleen O'Connor-Bater, oconnorbaterk@oldwestbury.edu


IAFL Call for Bids

Posted on the 29th Oct 2017 in the category Press Release

The IAFL Executive Committee solicits proposals from members who wish to host the next biennial conference. We are particularly keen to receive proposals for the 2019 conference. We are also seeking preliminary proposals or inquiries about the 2021 meeting from members who may be keen to host but will not be ready for 2019. Proposals should be emailed by 31 December 2017 to Georgina Heydon georgina.heydon@rmit.edu.au and Isabel Picornell isabel@qedforensics.com. Inquiries meanwhile are welcome. Please ensure that proposals address all of the points identified below:

1. Location: Where will the meeting be held and at what kind of site? Ideally, the conference would take place on a university campus, but hotel-based proposals will also be considered. Attractiveness of the location (what to see and do in the area) is a bonus but not a key factor.

2. Accessibility: How difficult is it for overseas delegates to obtain visas to visit the host country? How far is the location from a well-serviced international airport? How will members reach the meeting location? How far is the conference venue from the town centre? What provisions will be made for delegates with disabilities? Do all the key conference venues have wheelchair access?

3. Accommodation: Where will members stay during the meeting and how much will it cost? How far from the conference venue are the accommodations and how will delegates travel conveniently from the accommodation to the venue? What is the local geography like for the conference facilities themselves? We are particularly keen to understand distances between accommodation and conference facilities and also whether plenary sessions will be held close to or in the same building as parallel sessions. IAFL would prefer a low-cost university accommodation to be available for the majority of delegates needing accommodation, but with an option of staying in a nearby hotel for those who prefer. If campus accommodation is not available, what facilities are conveniently located near the designated hotels?

4. Fees: What do you anticipate that the fee will be for IAFL members and non-members? Please note that the gap between the member and non-member registration fees must be at least as much as one year's membership (applying the student rate as appropriate)? Fee structures will typically include discount for members and for students and this needs to be budgeted. You should also make clear what will be covered and not covered. Will there be a combined fee plus university accommodation rate?

5. Organizing Team: Who will be responsible for organizing the meeting? What previous experience does the local committee have in organizing conferences? If they lack experience in organizing large events, what other experience of theirs will make success likely? How much of the organization can be contracted out (e.g., to university accommodation and catering services)?

6. Financial Support: Beyond the organizers, will there be additional support from an academic department, school, or faculty? Is there likely to be financial support from a university or government source? Will you be insured in one way or another against loss (e.g., by your department or university setting aside emergency funds for this purpose)? What do you intend to do with any profit made?

7. Facilities: What kinds of facilities are available both in the conference rooms and more generally on site? At a minimum IAFL would expect: a) sufficiently-sized and equipped rooms with adequate IT and AV equipment; b) an on-call IT team (including weekends) to sort out the inevitable computer and AV mishaps that occur; c) sufficient and adequate catering facilities; d) access to the Internet for delegates at the conference venue; e) translation facilities if papers will be accepted for presentation in languages other than English. What other facilities are available on campus, in the student residences or on site more generally? Are facilities fully accessible for any disabled member?

8. Dates: The preferred conference dates would fall during the first half of July. If you propose different dates, please address the extent to which delegates from various parts of the world will be able to attend during those dates. You will need, for example, to check on teaching term dates in a variety of countries.

We look forward to receiving well-conceived and exciting proposals within the next few months.


1st Southern African Regional IAFL Conference

Posted on the 21st Oct 2017 in the category Press Release

Date: 16 -17 April 2018

Conference Venue: Lagoon Beach Hotel

Hosted by Cape Peninsula University of Technology

(Language Unit and the Unit for Applied Law) in affiliation with Rhodes University’s School of Languages and Literatures – NRF Chair in African Languages, University of South Africa (UNISA) and University Eduardo Mondlane (UEM)

Conference website: http://www.cput.ac.za/blogs/iafl/

The Regional Conference of the International Association of the Forensic Linguists is first to be held in Southern Africa, and South Africa (Cape Peninsula University of Technology in affiliation with Rhodes University) in particular is privileged to host the event.

Proposals for paper presentations, workshops, interactive sessions, and posters/exhibitions are invited to the Regional conference.

Submissions due: 15th November 2017

Details of the conference

The conference will address a range of critically important themes in the various language and the law/forensic linguistics related fields. Plenary sessions will include presentations by some of the world’s leading thinkers in the field, as well as numerous papers, workshop presentations by academics, researchers and practitioners.

The purpose of the conference is to attract scholars and researchers from a variety of disciplines and to bring together a cohort of established and emerging researchers in one assembly to deliberate on topics related to the theme and sub-themes.

Aims of the Conference

 To present an opportunity for researchers and emerging researchers internationally and in Africa in particular to explore issues relating to the practice of language and the law /forensic linguistics in their diverse academic spaces.

 To create an opportunity for researchers to interact with practitioners in order to explore the relationship between current research and practice.

 To determine specific areas of research that need stimulation to provide an appropriate basis for applied research in the practice of language and the law in Southern Africa and in the African context.

 To create the opportunity for researchers and practitioners working in the field of language and the law /forensic linguistics to establish possible collaborations in a variety of areas with the aim to contribute towards the advancement of the field in Africa.

Theme of the conference

New Frontiers of Justice in Forensic Linguistics

The above title will embrace contributions from a wide spectrum of research on language and law, legal recognition of African languages and cultures within the criminal justice system, from a historical perspective (reflections on what has been achieved so far towards the developmental initiatives pertaining this growing field) and future prospects (projections on how current research can impact on future developments). Southern African nations are highly linguistically diverse and this conference offers an opportunity to explore emerging research into the interactions between multi-lingual citizenry and post-colonial justice systems.

Sub-themes include but are not confined to the following areas:

 Police investigative interviewing;

 Language in the legal process including legal texts, courtroom discourse and commercial applications.

 Language as evidence /in evidence;

 Authorship attribution;

 Interpreting and translating legal texts


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