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Call for papers



Call for papers

 3rd International Conference on Sociolinguistics:

Diversities, New Media and Language Management

August 26–28, 2020, Prague, Czech Republic


This conference is conceived of as an accessible new forum for cutting-edge sociolinguistic research. It is open to a broad range of sociolinguistics researchers, including those working outside the Anglo-Western sociolinguistic tradition, who address the varying and rapidly changing modes of linguistic interactions in the highly diverse world of today. Following two realizations in Budapest, the event is now moving to another of the major Central European capitals, Prague. Coming from the European context, we are highly aware of the importance of perspectives from different corners of the world, including those not usually heard from.

The main themes of the conference are diversities, new media and language management. They reflect the most visible trends from both global and local perspectives: evolving diversity and the omnipresence of the new media in the contemporary social world. The dynamic character of diversity in contemporary societies may lead us to be more sensitive to the management of language and communication we are doing on an everyday basis, and make us increasingly reflect our language use and communication practices overall. New media and their various genres represent spaces where we can very quickly and easily reflect upon language use, and use various modes to do so. Of course, the management of language and communication has always existed. What has evolved in recent years is its sociolinguistic analysis, driven, among others, by the changes continually happening around us.

Considering the wide range of research traditions and theoretical frameworks used in sociolinguistic research around the world, we invite contributions that address both the topics addressed above and all other relevant topics from any area of sociolinguistics.

Abstract submission

We invite abstract submissions for the following types of contributions:

1. Paper presentations

Paper presentations will be allocated 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion.

2. Posters

Poster presentations will be allocated their own time slot during the conference. No printed posters will be presented; they will be displayed on digital screens.

3. Panels

Panel convenors are asked to separately collect 4–7 panel paper abstracts, find a discussant and write a panel introduction before submitting the full panel package to ICS.3. Panel papers and the discussant’s contribution will be allocated 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion after each paper; the discussant’s contribution may be shorter, leaving more time for discussion.

Abstracts for general session papers, poster session papers and panel papers, created in doc, docx or rtf format and consisting of max. 300 words excluding references, and 3–5 keywords should be submitted via the conference’s online application by October 31, 2019. Abstracts should include information on the theoretical framework, research questions, data and methods and summarize the main findings. The selection of papers for presentation at ICS.3 will be carried out by the Scientific Committee and the Organizing Committee.

Note on registration

First authors, poster presenters, panel convenors and other attending participants must register for the conference. Each participant may submit only one abstract as the first or sole author, but can be a second, or subsequent, co-author of another paper or papers.

The conference fee will be approximately 130 Euros (to be specified later) and will cover book of abstracts, program and coffee and refreshment breaks.

Important dates

Opening date for abstract submissions: June 1, 2019

Closing date for abstract submissions: October 31, 2019

Notifications of acceptance: January 2020

Conference dates: August 26–28, 2020 (three full days)

The conference is organized by the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, and the Czech Language Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

For further information please visit the conference website at https://www.ics3.org/

Slovo a slovesnost, volume 80 (2019), number 3, p. 240

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