LINGUIST List 31.3184

Mon Oct 19 2020

Confs: Applied Ling/Spain

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 17-Oct-2020
From: Dieter Stein <>
Subject: Language and the Law in the Age of Migration
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Language and the Law in the Age of Migration
Short Title: ILLA

Date: 06-Sep-2021 - 10-Sep-2021
Location: Alicante, Spain
Contact: Victoria Guillén-Nieto
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The International Language and Law Association (ILLA) is pleased to announce the 5th ILLA General Conference to be held at the University of Alicante (Spain) from 7 to 9 September 2021. As in the last two conferences—University of Freiburg 2017 and UCLA 2019, this General Conference will be preceded by other pre-conference academic events: the 2nd ILLA Colloquium for PhD Students (5 September 2021) and the 3rd ILLA Focus Conference on Forensic Linguistics (6 September 2021) to be held at the same location.

ILLA and the local organising committee from the University of Alicante are planning for the 2nd ILLA Colloquium for PhD Students, the 3rd ILLA Focus Conference on Forensic Linguistics, and the 5th ILLA General Conference to proceed as planned while simultaneously making alternative plans for remote participation and attendance options.

At present, more than 1 billion people are migrants. Migration has become a global phenomenon and a burning issue provoking social conflict and political instability in modern societies all over the world. The question of dealing with migrants and asylum seekers has dominated the political discourse, has given rise to national and international laws on emigration and immigration, some of them including discriminatory provisions, pressed laws against immigration (Acts of exclusion), encouraged international cooperation on migration, and prompted anti-migration rhetoric. This conference aims to invite scholars working in different disciplines such as law, linguistics, the media, multilingualism, legal translation and interpreting, among other fields, to share their views and insights into various aspects of the broad, but not exclusive, umbrella topic we propose: Language and the Law in the Age of Migration.


The plenary speakers below have confirmed their participation:

- Diana Eades (University of New England, Australia) : Circumstances, context and contextualisation: addressing referentialism in law’s approach to language
- Janet Giltrow (University of British Columbia, Canada) : Language-based methods for the study of discrimination and prejudice
- Teun van Dijk (University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) : Aspects of social movement discourse
- Antonio Doval (University of Alicante) : Hate speech in Spain: Limits in criminal law and practice
- Ruth Wodak (University of Lancaster, United Kingdom) : ''Protecting borders and climate''—the normalisation and mainstreaming of the far-right

The call for papers is open from 1 October 2020 and will be closed on 1 December 2020. Registration will be opened on 1 March 2021. We will inform participants about further developments concerning the organisation of the conference. Please submit abstracts via the conference website (

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