CALL FOR PAPERS: 5th International Conference on Language in the Media 2013 (28-30 Sept, London)

Alon Lischinsky alischinsky at
Mon Mar 25 18:42:17 UTC 2013


5th International Language in the Media Conference
2013 THEME: Redefining journalism: Participation, practice, change

28-30 September 2013
Queen Mary, University of London
Pre-session workshops tbc: Friday 27 September

Plenary speakers
Allan Bell (Auckland University of Technology, NZ)
Martin Conboy (University of Sheffield, UK)
Helen Kelly-Holmes (University of Limerick, Ireland)
Daniel Perrin (Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland)

This is the fifth in a biennial series of international conferences
organized around the role of the media in relation to the
representation, construction and production of language.*

The primary theme of the 2013 conference will be on journalism – in
its many historical and contemporary manifestations – and its
redefinition in the face of social media and established practice,
taking its cue from the confluence of historic Fleet Street and new
media and digital innovation in London.

Topics pertaining to participation, authorship, history, editorial
selection, social memory, community engagement, place, and technology
as it informs practice and change will underscore the theme, alongside
new and traditional work on media representation, social meaning,
multimodality, visual communication, genres of text and talk, and
mobilities. Sociolinguistic, sociocultural, and text- or talk-related
media analysis frameworks in relation to corpus linguistics, film
studies, linguistic ethnography and anthropology, social semiotics,
discourse analysis, and pragmatics are welcome.

Alongside this focus, the 2013 conference, as it has done from its
inception in 2005, will continue to prioritize papers which address
the range of sociolinguistic topics in relation to the media broadly
defined: language standardization and style; literacy policy and
practice; language acquisition; multilingualism and
cross-/inter-cultural communication; communication in professional
contexts; representations of speech, thought, and writing; language
and class, dis/ability, race/ethnicity, gender/sexuality and age;
political discourse, commerce and global capitalism; language and

We invite you to submit abstracts for papers that explore these themes.

Also on the agenda: A plenary panel of active journalists and
linguists talking about what has changed in journalism and what
remains the same, with an eye to inspiring future research/ers and
providing new directions for investigation of language in the media.


The first two international Language in the Media conferences were
held at the University of Leeds (in 2005: Language in the Media:
Representations, Identities, Ideologies; in 2007: Language Ideologies
and Media Discourse: Texts, Practices, Policies). The 2009 conference
was at the University of Washington in Seattle (Language in the [New]
Media: Technologies and Ideology). The 2011 conference was in
Limerick, Ireland (Language(?) in the Media(?): Rethinking the Field).

Abstract submission

Please submit abstracts for papers via no later than 30 April
2013. Abstracts should include a description of your talk (250-350
words). Notification of acceptance, following review by the conference
committee, will be 15 May. Registration information will be available
soon on the conference website:

Please direct any queries to Colleen Cotter at c.m.cotter (at)
Linguistics Department
School of Languages, Linguistics and Film
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS
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