CFP Monolingualism & Multilingualism (Netherlands)

ConferencesCall for Papers: AILA 2020 (World Congress of Applied Linguistics) Symposium: S169: Tensions between monolingualism and multilingualism across university contexts, 9-14 August 2020, Groningen, The Netherlands. Deadline: September 16, 2019.

Organizers Maria Kuteeva (Stockholm University), Niina Hynninen (Helsinki University) and Kathrin Kaufhold (Stockholm University) invite submissions to two half-day sessions focusing on two major themes:

1) Discourses of monolingualism and multilingualism, and
2) Stakeholders’ perceptions of monolingualism and multilingualism.

The symposium aims to explore language perceptions and practices in multilingual university settings focusing on:
• tensions between discourses of monolingualism versus multilingualism;
• the dialectics between perceiving and experiencing languages as separable objects and translingual practices; and
• language-regulatory mechanisms and practices involving different stakeholders.

NOTE: There are another 16 symposia planned for this conference on various aspects of multilingualism.

CFP Doing Women’s Film & TV History (Ireland)

ConferencesCall for papers: Doing Women’s Film and Television History V: Forming Histories/Histories in Formation, 20-22 May, 2020, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland. Deadline: 11 October 2019.

The fifth biennial Doing Women’s Film & Television History conference invites proposals from researchers and practitioners engaged in the exploration, uncovering, archiving and dissemination of women’s roles in film and television, as well as wider media, both in the past and today. The theme of this conference – ‘Forming Histories/ Histories in Formation’ – aims to foreground issues pertaining to the production, curation and archiving of women’s histories in film and television as well as the methods for, and approaches to, producing and shaping these histories as they form. More particularly, much can be learned from the diversity of practices, experiences and narratives of women’s film and television history as they pertain to: national, transnational, world and global histories; neglected, peripheral or hidden histories; organisations such as museums, archives and universities; collectives, groups and movements such as #MeToo; local communities and community media; emergent forms and platforms; and historical approaches to women’s reception of film and television as well as historicising current practices and experiences of reception, fandom and consumption.

This three-day conference casts the net wide so that it can capture a range of experiences, practices, industries, nationalities and voices that are situated in relation to women and their histories. The conference provides a platform for those working in and researching film, television and media more generally as well as those invested in the production of these histories and narratives of the past and as they materialise.

CFP Brazil-US Colloquium 2020 (USA)

ConferencesCall for papers: 9th Brazil-US Colloquium on Communication Studies 2020: Present and Future Directions of Research on Brazil and the US –
Media, Communications, Literature, Culture, and History, March 24-25, 2020, University of Texas, Austin, TX. Deadline: October 15, 2019.

Research is welcome regarding the central theme and on any theme relevant to Brazil and the U.S., as well as other topics on history, literature, media, culture, and/or communication studies in the Americas. Comparative work Brazil-US is welcome but not required. Research may be in Portuguese or English. For selected Brazilian papers, presentations may be in Portuguese but with Powerpoint in English.

The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown University and the Brazilian Association of Interdisciplinary Studies in Communication (Intercom).

Optional Publication Submission: Due: December 1, 2019.

An edited volume will be published with Emerald Studies in Media and Communications highlighting scholarship from the Colloquium. For consideration in the volume, full papers are due by December 1, 2019

CFP Critical Approaches to Cultural Identities in the Public Sphere (France)

ConferencesCall for papers: Critical Approaches to Cultural Identities in the Public Sphere: From Ivory Tower to Social Arena, University of Burgundy, Dijon, France, May 14-15, 2020. Deadline: 1 October 2019.

This international conference aims to address and bridge the gap between critical approaches to cultural identities common in academia and essentialising discourses increasingly widespread in the
public sphere. Organizers would like to bring together researchers from intercultural communication, cultural and postcolonial studies, media studies and other disciplines, who are keen to challenge and deconstruct reductionist discursive stances on culture and identity.

Conference languages will be English and French with mediation provided between the two languages.

The conference is organized by the University of Burgundy (“Text-Image-Language” research group) and supported by the ECREA International and Intercultural Communication division and SAES. Organisers: David Bousquet (University of Burgundy), Alex Frame (University of Burgundy), Mélodine Sommier (Erasmus University of Rotterdam).

Call for Papers: ENGLISH / FRENCH 

CFP WSCA 2020: Communication, Identities, Difference (USA)

ConferencesCall for Papers: Communication, Identities, and Difference Interest Group of Western States Communication Association,  February 2020, Denver, CO. Deadline: September 1, 2019.

The Communication, Identities, and Difference (CID) Interest Group of WSCA invites competitive paper submissions and program proposals for the 2020 Annual Convention in Denver, Colorado. The theme for this year’s conference is “Communication, Agitation, and Justice.” See further information about the conference theme and the general Call for Papers.

CFP New Directions in the Humanities: Transcultural Humanities in a Global World (Italy)


Call for Papers: New Directions in the Humanities, 1–3 July 2020, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy.  Deadline: 1 August 2019.


Organizers invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, focused discussions, innovation showcases, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. The conference features research addressing the annual themes and the 2020 Special Focus: “Transcultural Humanities in a Global World.”

CFP WSCA: Communication, Agitation & Justice (USA)

ConferencesCall for Papers: Communication, Agitation & Justice for Intercultural Communication Interest Group of Western States Communication Association, February 21-24, 2020, Denver, CO. Deadline: September 1, 2019.

This year’s Western States Communication Association conference theme is “Communication, Agitation, & Justice,” and the Intercultural Communication Interest Group invites artists, practitioners, activists, and scholars to engage this theme in both content and panel structure to encourage and challenge dialogue across the conference space. As we engage in advocacy within the communities in which we live, this year’s particular theme provides an opportunity to showcase how intercultural communication continues to play a vital role in the larger discipline. For example, we share mutual interests in the promotion of social justice, communicating across and beyond difference, and agitating policy and cultural changes through intercultural communication practices, theory, and methods. By inviting programming that answers the “so what?” question by fighting against systemic oppression and structural inequity at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, ability, and more, we encourage submissions that draw from the rich epistemology of (inter)cultural and international communication research to engage work at multiple levels−local, global, international and transnational− and with a variety of tools (e.g., stories, narratives, performances, etc.). This theme invites a commitment to communication, agitation, and justice that should be embodied in academic work as a place of both scholarship and activism. This allows us to work with community members to create positive changes using the tools of reflexivity, critical literacy, listening, speaking up, alliance-building, and dialogue in multiple contexts, peoples, cultures, and various communicative spaces.

The Intercultural Communication Interest Group (ICIG) asks its members to consider how intercultural communication scholarship can serve as a form of advocacy by agitating towards social justice. In response to the conference theme, the ICIG invites papers, panels, roundtables, performative responses, and/or other aesthetic communication innovations. Programming that critically responds to the call by offering unique formats that reach out to other subdisciplinary strongholds within communication studies is encouraged. Additionally, programming that works at the micro, meso, and macro levels both in multicultural, intersectional, queer, and/or transnational ethnoscapes are further encouraged.

For questions, please contact the Chair/Program Planner of the Intercultural Communication Interest Group: Robert Gutierrez-Perez.

CFP Languages in an Open World (Austria)


Call for Papers: Languages in an Open World, Graz, Austria, November 20-22, 2019. Deadline: June 30, 2019.


The SOAS World Languages Institute (UK), Mercator European Research Centre, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation, and the Plurilingualism Research Unit – treffpunkt sprachen (AT) cordially invite scholars, community organisations and community members to join the international conference on “Languages in an Open World” that will take place in Graz, Austria, November 20-22 2019, at the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe (ECML).

The conference “Languages in an Open World” intends to bring together scholars from linguistics and related disciplines with an interest and expertise in language and globalisation, with a special focus on status and power relations between languages and their speakers and their impact and/or transformation in a world characterised by mobility, increased complexity, and diverse and dynamic formations of cultural, linguistic, and societal identities.

CFP Language & Migration 2020 (USA)

ConferencesCall for Papers: Language and Migration: Experience and Memory, May 7-9, 2020. Part I, New York City: May 7-8. Part II, Princeton University:  May 8-9. Deadline: November 1, 2019.

Language is a vital, but often underexplored, factor in the lives of migrants, immigrants and refugees. It has a direct impact on the experiences and choices of individuals displaced by war, terror, or natural disasters and the decisions made by agents who provide (or fail to provide) relief, services, and status. And, distilled through memory, it shapes the fictions, poems, memoirs, films and song lyrics in which migrants render loss and displacement, integration and discovery, the translation of history and culture, and the trials of identity.

This interdisciplinary, international conference on Language and Migration will place the role of language in the lives and works of migrants in sharp relief. In Part One, to take place in midtown Manhattan, participants are invited to consider how language differently affects the experiences of several populations:  permanently settled refugees and migrants; temporarily settled refugees and migrants; and people in transit. These populations, in turn, are variegated by age and gender, literacy and educational attainment, culture and religion, and the political, economic and cultural contexts in which they seek to settle. Part Two of the conference will focus on memory in the cultural work of migrants and immigrants. On Friday evening the conference will resume at Princeton University with a reading by eminent faculty novelists in the Lewis Center for the Arts, followed on Saturday by a full-day symposium on memory, language, and migration. To foster conversation across disciplinary borders, participants are strongly urged to attend both parts of the conference

Princeton’s interdisciplinary Research Lab on “Migration: People and Cultures Across Borders” comprises both humanists and social scientists; accordingly, they invite proposals from a wide variety of disciplines, including comparative literature, history, translation studies and philosophy; political science, economics, education, sociology, and law; sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, interlinguistics and forensic linguistics, among other fields.

CFP COMELA 2020 (Greece)

ConferencesCall for papers: Conference on Mediterranean and European Linguistic Anthropology, September 2-5, 2020, The American College in Greece, Athens, Greece. Deadline: November 15, 2019.

Theme: Bounded Languages…Unbounded

Politics of identity are central to language change. Here, linguistic boundaries rise and fall, motivating the ephemeral characteristics of language communities. The Mediterranean and European region is one replete with histories, with power struggles, uniquely demarcating nation, ethnicity, and community…This year’s theme encapsulates the ongoing struggle throughout Mediterranean and European regions. As the continuous tension between demarcation, and the concurrent legitimization, of languages, language ideologies, and language identities, enters an era where new modes of interactivity require language communities to take on roles super-ordinate to the past, flexible citizenship now operates within, and not only across, language communities, to unbind languages, and to create new boundaries, unlike those ever seen throughout history.

The COMELA 2020 invites work which addresses the shifting boundedness of Language Communities of the Mediterranean and Europe. Papers and posters should acknowledge and decribe processes of language shape, change, and ideology, pertinent to social, cultural, political histories, and futures of Mediterranean and European regions, and by those working in Mediterranean and European regions.