LINGUIST List 32.402

Tue Feb 02 2021

Calls: Applied Ling, Comp Ling, Disc Analys, Socioling/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 02-Feb-2021
From: Kim Grego <>
Subject: Discriminaging. Discourses of health discrimination based on age
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Full Title: Discriminaging. Discourses of health discrimination based on age
Short Title: Discriminaging COMET 2021

Date: 28-Jun-2021 - 30-Jun-2021
Location: Como / Online, Italy
Contact Person: Alessandra Vicentini
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 14-Feb-2021

Meeting Description:

The COMET conference aims to bring together scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds involving various healthcare specialties and the human and social sciences. A special emphasis is on the dissemination of ongoing research in language/discourse/communication studies in relation to healthcare education, patient participation and professional ethics.

This panel intends to bring together research on how people can and are discriminated in the health and medical fields based on their age, and how such discrimination emerges linguistically from the discourse(s) expressing or surrounding it. Ages which see frequent and common singling out, for both objective and subjective reasons, are the old and the younger (children, adolescents) periods in life. However, this call is open to investigations in any other stages that may be subject to discrimination, including but not limited to the so-called middle age, the adult age and other not-differently defined ages, which are not normally considered socially weak moments in a person’s life but which, as such, are ignored and therefore automatically suffer from exclusion from consideration. Possible themes are: barriers in healthcare based on age, ageism and (health)care, ageism in medicine, ethical aspects of ageism, age bias and (health)care. The research perspectives, topics and themes will have to be linguistic or mixing linguistics with other disciplines. Multidisciplinary, innovative and critical approaches are particularly welcome.

Call for Papers:

Please send your proposal for this panel only by email to both and by 14 February 2021.

A selection of the papers accepted for and presented at the panel will be published as a special issue, ed. by Kim Grego and Alessandra Vicentini, in the Journal of Language and Discrimination 1(2022), Editors-in-chief Prof. Dr M. Demata and N. Knoblock. Manuscripts will have to be handed in by 10 September 2021.

Please visit the conference website, for further details regarding submission guidelines or for additional information about the conference.

Please note, the conference will take place online. However, as we cannot foresee what is going to happen over the next few months, we are still working on a blended option (both remote and in-person participation). We will monitor the evolution of the global pandemic and decide accordingly. Further details will be provided as soon as possible. We strongly believe that the goal of COMET 2021 is to foster a scholarly network despite the global pandemic that keeps us physically apart.

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