LINGUIST List 31.3561

Thu Nov 19 2020

Calls: English; Applied Ling, Gen Ling, Ling & Lit, Translation/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 19-Nov-2020
From: Stephanie Lerat <>
Subject: GERAS 42nd International Conference
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Full Title: GERAS 42nd International Conference

Date: 18-Mar-2021 - 20-Mar-2021
Location: Nancy (Online), France
Contact Person: Stephanie Lerat
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Translation

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 13-Dec-2020

Meeting Description:

The 42nd International Conference of GERAS, Groupe d'Étude et de Recherche en Anglais de Spécialité (English for Specific Purposes Study and Research Group) will take place from March 18-20, 2021 at the Université de Lorraine (Nancy, France). The theme of the conference is: Literary and scientific culture(s): Continuities and Discontinuities in English for Specific Purposes.

In 1959, in Britain, C.P. Snow described two ''cultures'' that he believed radically divided the field of knowledge - a literary culture and a scientific culture. In France, this divide remains to this day, as evidenced by Sokal & Bricmont (1997). It should be noted that at the time of Snow's writing, classical literature was highly valued socially - to the detriment of science. Today, the opposite is true, but the divide remains. And reading Morin (1994), one can understand how the historical formation of academic disciplines in the 19th century led to such divide. This implies that both diachronic and societal aspects may be taken into account when trying to characterize the phenomenon. It is therefore around this divide between sciences and humanities that the GERAS 2021 conference wishes to examine the relationship between language skills and domain-related knowledge. Primarily addressed to English for Specific Purposes (ESP), this investigation may also be directed to other Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP).

Second Call for Papers:

Please note: Due to the current pandemic, the conference will be fully online. The deadline for submission of papers has been extended to December 13, 2020.

We invite papers which address this divide from all perspectives (ESP, LANSAD, didactics, translation, etc.) and which investigate questions such as:

- To what extent is this matter related to the methodology being used or to the domain involved? To put it somewhat provocatively, is working on ASP for science, for example, more scientific than working on ESP for economics? Is it more scientific to work on large computerized corpora than to analyze the content or rationale of an ESP course?

- What teacher-training or professional experience must teachers hold in the field being taught to feel at ease with their professional identities and, thereby, feel legitimate in front of their students - who are experts in that field?

- How can the the gap between general language and ESP be bridged?

- Which pedagogical practices can be set up in the classroom in order to reconcile the various issues involved when teaching ESP?

- Does translation contribute to building bridges (Bensimon, 1998: 3)? Between language and specialized fields? Between the Humanities and Sciences? Or do we rather see discontinuities / breaks appearing in the guise of problems of ''translatability and untranslatability of cultures'' (Rüdiger & Gross 2009)?

The full call for papers can be found at:

Submission guidelines:
Authors are invited to submit their proposals according to these guidelines:
Format: 300-word abstracts (excluding bibliographical references)
Languages: English (preferred) and French (in order to facilitate the participation of our international colleagues, communications in French should be accompanied by slides in English)
Deadline: December 13, 2020
Abstract submission:

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