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FYI: 2013 LSA Institute: Call for Workshop Proposals

Author: Andries Coetzee

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

FYI Body: The 2013 Linguistic Institute will take place June 24 to July 19, 2013 on
the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, with the theme
‘Universality and Variability'. The Institute focus will be on the unusual
synergies currently emerging in Linguistics, tied to exploring and
modeling what is invariant about human language while also working to
understand the complexities of linguistic variability. These synergies
necessarily involve basic research concerning fundamental aspects of
linguistic knowledge and the integration of diverse approaches to
linguistic study, particularly as linked to the study of language as a
cognitive endowment and process and the study of language as a
central component of human cultures, social action and perception.
For more information on the Institute, see http://lsa2013.lsa.umich.edu/.

Classes at the Institute will be offered Monday through Thursday
(except for the week of July 4th, when classes will be held Monday to
Wednesday, and Friday). This leaves most Fridays and all of the
weekends free for workshops and conferences to be offered
concurrently with the Institute. The specific available dates are listed
a. June 23, 24 (the weekend before the official start of the Institute)
b. June 28, 29, 30
c. July 6 and 7 (note that Friday is not available since it will be an
ordinary class day for Institute attendees).
d. July 12, 13, 14.

We are requesting initial, informal proposals for potential workshops to
be submitted by July 1, 2012. We are happy to host a meeting of a
regular conference or of a one-time-only workshop, particularly
workshops that are consistent with the Institute theme. As at previous
Institutes, the general assumption is that workshop funding is the
responsibility of their organizers and that workshops have no or
minimal registration fees to allow them to be maximally accessible to
Institute participants, who are primarily students.

Proposals should contain the following information:
a. The title of the workshop.
b. The name of the sponsoring organization (if applicable).
c. The names, institutional affiliations, and e-mail addresses of the
d. The proposed length of the workshop or conference (e.g. half-
day, one full day, two full days, etc.).
e. The format of the event (e.g. method of selecting speakers, length
of talks and discussion, use of commentators, etc.).
f. Any available information about the presenters.
g. A brief, one paragraph description of the workshop.
h. Expected number of participants.
i. Any special facility needs.
j. Anticipated sources of funding.
k. Dates: If your workshop needs to be on a specific weekend,
please specify the dates. If not, indicate that any of the available
weekends will be possible.

Please note that July 1, 2012 is not a formal deadline for workshop
proposals. You may propose a workshop at a later date, although it
may not be possible to accommodate proposals received after this
date. Workshop proposals will not be subjected to outside evaluation;
however, should we receive more proposals than we can
accommodate, we will select among them according to the date
submitted and fit with the overall Institute.

Submit your workshop proposals to lsa2013.workshops@umich.edu by
July 1, 2012. Questions about workshops may also be directed to this
e-mail address.

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