LINGUIST List 30.4144

Sat Nov 02 2019

FYI: Call for Proposals: Hosting the 2022 Institute on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang)

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 29-Oct-2019
From: Susan Gehr <>
Subject: Call for Proposals: Hosting the 2022 Institute on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang)
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Greetings from Susan Gehr and Jean-Luc Pierite, the co-conveners for CoLang 2019-2020 Advisory Circle. On behalf of the Advisory Circle, we are formally soliciting expressions of interest for hosting the 2022 Institute on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang). These should take the form of a two--to-three page proposal that minimally

- presents the qualifications of the proposed Director(s) (include participation at prior InField/CoLangs
- outlines any Institute--particular themes or approaches
- presents possible fundraising strategies and sources of internal/institutional support, including for participant scholarships (fundraising, evaluating applications and administering)
- states the likely available resources for personnel, housing, and classroom and technology support.

In addition to these four elements, things that might be added to make any proposal stronger include:

- Listing official proposed partnerships, such as with tribal colleges/universities (TCUs) or with local tribal authorities, ideally with documentation in the form of letters of support
- Confirmed commitment from the director's institution (also in the form of letters of support)
- For proposals to be hosted outside the US, specific plans that the Director has for seeking funding commensurate with the NSF funding that has typically been awarded to US institutions hosting CoLang
- For proposals to be hosted by non-academic institutions, confirmation that the institution is eligible to apply to NSF for funding, or if not, specific plans that the Director has for seeking commensurate funding.

The letters of support do not count against the three-page proposal limit. One additional page can be added to list any already-known funding or in-kind contributions.

Before sending out a full proposal, please send a brief expression of interest in the form of a paragraph to both the Co-Conveners at and by 15 November 2019. Full proposals should be emailed to both the Co-Conveners by 15 January 2020. This call for proposals is also available online at

All proposals received by that date will be considered by the Advisory Circle. The Advisory Circle may request additional information. Due to the nature of the event, priority is given to a local organizing committee whose members (at least one) have participated in earlier CoLang Institutes for at least 2 weeks of workshops. If selected, the Director(s) will head the Local Organizing Committee and will work closely with the Advisory Circle to develop themes, course content, and instructors. CoLang has an established partnership with the Linguistics Society of America, and the Director(s) and Local Organizing Committee will therefore also work with the LSA. The duties of the Local Organizing Committee are outlined in this paragraph from the Charter:

"b. Local Organizing Committee
A given year’s Institute is organized and run by a Local Organizing Committee. The committee has the primary responsibility for that Institute. These responsibilities include major fundraising, advertising, all Institute administration including faculty and speaker contracts and payments, arranging IRB approval and dealing with issues of informed consent for the practicum (and elsewhere, if required), arranging venues, travel and any necessary visas, and accommodations or all participants, as well as volunteer staffing, airport transfers, social events, evaluation of each workshop/practica and non-programmatic arrangements made at CoLang such that the AC can apply the results to future institutes, and follow up reporting, and any other routine things as necessary. Programmatic decisions are made with guidance from the Advisory Circle.

Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics

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