LINGUIST List 31.1703

Wed May 20 2020

Confs: Applied Ling/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 20-May-2020
From: Susanne J. Jekat <>
Subject: 3rd Swiss Conference on Barrier-free Communication
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3rd Swiss Conference on Barrier-free Communication
Short Title: BfC 2020

Date: 29-Jun-2020 - 04-Jul-2020
Location: Online, Switzerland
Contact: Susanne J. Jekat
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Meeting Description:

The ZHAW School of Applied Linguistics is pleased to announce that the 3rd Swiss Conference on Barrier-free Communication will be held *online* on 29 June – 4 July 2020.

*We go virtual!* Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the conference has been rescheduled to 29 June – 4 July 2020 and will be held online. In this way, the BfC 2020 Organising Committee aims to actively respond to the current emergency situation, as well as to explore more innovative ways to reach out to the barrier-free communication academic and professional community worldwide.

About the Conference:
This is the third and final conference being held as part of the project entitled ''Proposal and implementation of a Swiss research centre for barrier-free communication'' (2017–2020), the main goal of which is to ensure access to higher education for people with visual, hearing or temporary cognitive impairments. The project, which is a cooperation between the Institute of Translation and Interpreting of the ZHAW and the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting of the University of Geneva, is funded by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) and is supported by the Swiss University Conference.

The 1st Swiss Conference on Barrier-free Communication was held on 15–16 September 2017 in Winterthur, Switzerland. It aimed to offer both a theoretical and an empirical perspective on the state of the art in the field (cf. BfC 2017 Proceedings). One year later, the second edition of the conference, which took place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 9–10 November 2018, further explored accessibility in educational settings (cf. BfC 2018 Proceedings).

Building on the 2017 and 2018 events, the 2020 conference sets out to provide a wider international forum to discuss most recent progress and future challenges in barrier-free communication. The conference will be centred on all aspects of the field, focusing in particular on novel research findings and emerging disciplines, such as interlingual live-subtitling, live-subtitling into easy-to-read language and text-to-sign interpreting by deaf interpreters.

Program Information:

The BfC 2020 Provisional Programme is available at

Language accessibility:
The conference language will be English. Captions will be provided for each pre-recorded video. Given the change in delivery mode, this virtual conference aims to reach out to a wider and more international audience. As we strive to meet the needs of as many sign language users as possible, all conference presentations will be interpreted in International Sign.

Register now!
The registration fee includes online access to all conference sessions, posters, pre-recorded videos and book of extended abstracts through our virtual conference platform. For more details, go to:

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