LINGUIST List 32.939

Mon Mar 15 2021

Calls: Disc Analys, Lang Acq, Ling Theories, Socioling, Text/Corpus Ling/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 12-Mar-2021
From: Nick Moore <>
Subject: 30th European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference ''Social Semiotics and Social Justice''
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Full Title: 30th European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference
Short Title: ESFLC2021

Date: 15-Sep-2021 - 17-Sep-2021
Location: Sheffield (Online), United Kingdom
Contact Person: Nick Moore
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Language Acquisition; Linguistic Theories; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 11-Jun-2021

Meeting Description:

The theme of this ESFLC is ‘Social Semiotics & Social Justice.’ Our era of impending climate catastrophe, likely to hit the poorest hardest and earliest, and increasing inequality of opportunity and wealth, revealed in the concentration of COVID-19 death and illness in the most disadvantaged groups in society, is matched with an increasing understanding of how discourse is implicated in reproducing social relations. Our conference will explore how meaning-making in all modalities can contribute to social justice. While we welcome analyses that expose how social justice can be extended or threatened by social semiosis, we encourage speakers to describe meaningful action that will improve social justice. We look forward to diverse responses to this challenge.

We welcome our plenary speakers, Professor Tom Bartlett (University of Glasgow), Professor David Block (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Professor Ruth Harman (University of Georgia) and Professor Theo van Leeuwen (University of Southern Denmark & University of Technology, Sydney), to explore ‘Social Semiotics & Social Justice’ from different perspectives and we look forward to a range of symposia, talks and workshops that will examine our theme in depth.

As always, ESFLC also welcomes all proposals that engage with SFL and report on new research into discourse, critical discourse, educational and multimodal studies.

Sheffield Hallam University is proud to host this online conference from a city at the heart of the industrial revolution, a centre of political resistance, a hub for outdoor activity and a hospitable place to meet friends old and new, to make new meanings and to start building a better future.

Call for Papers:

This conference aims to explore the many ways that language and other modes of meaning-making play an integral role in preventing or promoting social justice. The conference expects SFL and associated disciplines to bring diverse perspectives to bear on the understanding, intervention and disruption of embedded power relations and ideologies through the analysis of semiotic processes. We especially welcome papers that connect the theme to these areas of research:
- Multimodality and social semiotics
- Critical & positive discourse analysis
- Appliable linguistics
- Political economy & social structure
- Education & applied linguistics

We also welcome other papers that relate to the theme of ‘Social Semiotics and Social Justice’ and as always we aim to provide a forum for all SFL research.

Our experienced scientific committee will review submissions for 1-hour workshops, single-themed symposia with multiple speakers, 10-minute ‘Lightning Talks’, 25-minute papers presented live or pre-recorded (including 5 minutes for questions & discussion) or flipped pre-recorded presentations for 30-minute live discussions.

The language of ESFLC2021 will be English.

Submission opens 12 April 2021 and will close 11 June 2021.

Submissions should align with one of these strands:
- Advances in SFL research
- Advances in SFL theory
- Analysis of political discourse
- Applied & Appliable linguistics
- Critical & Positive Discourse Analysis
- Discourse Analysis
- Ecolinguistics
- Education & pedagogy, including multi-literacies
- Legitimation Code Theory
- Multimodality
- Political economy
- Synthesis of SFL with other approaches

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