LINGUIST List 31.1649

Mon May 18 2020

Calls: Anthro Ling, Applied Ling, Gen Ling, Hist Ling, Socioling/Greece

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 16-May-2020
From: Nhan Huynh <>
Subject: Conference on Mediterranean and European Linguistic Anthropology 2020
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Full Title: Conference on Mediterranean and European Linguistic Anthropology 2020
Short Title: COMELA 2020

Date: 02-Sep-2020 - 05-Sep-2020
Location: Athens, Greece
Contact Person: Nhan Huynh
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Jun-2020

Meeting Description:

Following the growth of the COMELA, The Conference on Mediterranean and European Linguistic Anthropology, we announce The COMELA 2020, September 2-5, 2020, at The American College of Greece, Athens, Greece.
The COMELA seeks to redefine scholarship on Mediterranean and European Language and Society.

Purpose and Structure:
Over 500 scholars from around the world will gather to present papers and to engage in progressive discussion on Mediterranean and European Linguistic Anthropology, Linguistics, Anthropology, and related fields. The COMELA is a fully Non-Profit Organization, and all connected publishing undergoes a free blind reviewed system. The COMELA sources funding/grants to assist people who need funding to access the Conference. All conference proceedings and publications (journal issues/monographs) will be indexed with SCOPUS and will hence contribute to ranked and cited publications for all those accepted to present.

Bounded Languages... Unbounded
The politics of identity are central to language change. Here, linguistic boundaries rise and fall, motivating the ephemeral characteristics of language communities. The Mediterranean and European regions are replete with histories, and with power struggles, that demarcate nation, ethnicity, and community. For this, cultural and political identities, language ideologies, as well as the languages themselves, have sought boundedness, the dynamics of which have influenced change over eons, effected through demographic movements, through geopolitics, and through technological innovation. In the current era of technological advancement, transnational fluidity, intellectual power, capitalism, and revised sexualities, then, we again question the boundedness of language and identity, and ways in which to unbound these languages and ideologies. We now need to increasingly unbind these languages, and their ideologies, so to rectify, or at least see and move past, the segregations of old.
The COMELA 2020 theme, 'Bounded languages ... Unbounded,' encapsulates the ongoing struggle throughout Mediterranean and European regions. As tensions between demarcation and legitimization of languages, language ideologies, and language identities, enter a new era, flexible citizenship now operates well within, and not only across, language communities, to unbind languages, and to create new boundaries, unlike those ever seen throughout history.
The COMELA 2020 invites work which addresses the shifting boundedness of Language Communities of The Mediterranean and Europe. Papers and posters should acknowledge and describe processes of language shape, change, and ideology, pertinent to social, cultural, and political histories and futures, of Mediterranean and European regions.

American College of Greece
Athens, Greece

Keynote and Plenary Speakers:
Jan Blommaert - Tilburg University
Alexandra Georgakopoulou - King's College London
Dimitris Dalakoglou - Vrije University Amsterdam

Final Call for Papers:

The COMELA, The Conference on Mediterranean and European on Linguistic Anthropology 2020, invites academics in Linguistics, Anthropology, and Ethnology, pertinent to The Mediterranean and Europe, to engage in scholarly discussion and collaboration, thus strengthening global academic networks in the field.

Abstract submission deadline: June 1, 2020
Notification of acceptance: No later than June 20, 2020 (for those submitting prior to this)

Early bird - Oct 30, 2019 – Feb 28, 2020
Normal bird – Feb 29, 2020 - June 25, 2020
Late bird - June 26, 2020 - Sep 5, 2020 (Conference end)

Presenters must register by August 15, 2020, to guarantee a place in the program. Registration will remain open after this, but conference organizers cannot guarantee placement in the conference.

Conference dates:
Wednesday Sep 2, 2020 – Saturday Sep 5, 2020
Final day comprises optional Anthropological excursion

Abstract submissions:
The Call is now open, at, with all information. Abstracts can be submitted via Submission Guidelines are available on the conference website.

Presentation Lengths:
- Colloquia – 1.5 hours with 3-5 contributors (Parts A and B are possible, thus 6-10 contributors)
- General sessions – Approx. 20-25 minutes each, including 5 mins for questions/responses
- Posters – to be displayed at designated times throughout the COMELA 2020

Page Updated: 18-May-2020