27.3781, Calls: Forensic Ling, Gen Ling, Pragmatics, Socioling/Germany

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Subject: 27.3781, Calls: Forensic Ling, Gen Ling, Pragmatics, Socioling/Germany

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Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:49:05
From: Friedemann Vogel [friedemann.vogel at medienkultur.uni-freiburg.de]
Subject: Language and Law in a World of Media, Globalisation and Social Conflicts

Full Title: Language and Law in a World of Media, Globalisation and Social Conflicts 
Short Title: ILLA 2017 

Date: 07-Sep-2017 - 09-Sep-2017
Location: University of Freiburg, Germany 
Contact Person: Friedemann Vogel
Meeting Email: conference2017 at illa.online
Web Site: https://illa.online/relaunch-conference-2017 

Linguistic Field(s): Forensic Linguistics; General Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics 

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2016 

Meeting Description:

The International Language and Law Association (ILLA) was founded by legal
linguists Peter Tiersma, Lawrence Solan and Dieter Stein in 2007. Their
initiative was to create a network of linguists and lawyers around the world
working on the language matrix of law. In that framework, language is not
simply seen as a subject in the legal context or an object of forensic
analysis, but as the central medium of modern constitutional states, as the
mediator of social conflicts and the core of legal methodology.

After an initial period of gestation, documented in two conferences, it is now
time to relaunch the ILLA, to reconfigure the society on the basis of the
experiences up to this point and to give it a new sustainable structure. In
memory of Peter Tiersma (1952–2014) we are organizing ILLA’s first
international conference of legal linguistics in August 2017, to be held in
Freiburg (Germany):

Language and Law in a World of Media, Globalisation and Social Conflicts
Refounding the International Law and Language Association (ILLA) to make law
more transparent
September 7 - 9, 2017, University of Freiburg, Germany

Under this general topic we especially want to discuss the following issues:

1) The current state of research in the field of legal linguistics in the
context of increasing social conflicts in globalized, multilingual and
digitalized societies. Here it is also necessary to bring together the
particular research traditions of legal linguistics in different countries -
for example, in Germany, the United States, Russia and China.

2) Defining the most important tasks for the young discipline of legal
linguistics in different cultural, linguistic, and (inter)national contexts.
It will not only be beneficial in the legal domain itself, but it will also
generate extensive application insights at large, by searching for answers to
the following questions: How can research results be transferred into the
education of future lawyers both in existing programmes and in new
international Master’s degree programmes? How can models of legal linguistics
be useful for rethinking methodological problems in the context of
transnational and multilingual law in a globalized and digitalized world? How
can legal linguistics contribute to understanding and resolving social
conflicts? And how can we approach legal linguistics as a “theory of practice”
(Bourdieu 2009) and as a practice of courts and legislation?

3) The foundation and restructuring of ILLA, its future guidelines and
organisational framework.

The first conference of the International Language and Law Association will be
hosted by the University of Freiburg (Germany) under the direction of Prof.
Dr. Friedemann Vogel, from September 7 to 9, 2017.

Executive Committee:

- Anne Lise Kjær (Copenhagen, Denmark)
- Ralf Poscher (Freiburg, Germany)
- Lawrence Solan (New York, USA)
- Dieter Stein (Düsseldorf, Germany)
- Friedemann Vogel (Freiburg, Germany)

Organizer, Host and Contact:

Prof. Dr. Friedemann Vogel: University of Freiburg, Germany
E-Mail: conference2017 at illa.online

For more information about the International Language and Law Association
please visit For more information about https://www.illa.online. 

Call for Participation:

ILLA 2017 is seeking proposals for contributions including panels, posters,
and presentations.


Conceptualized as a small-scale event that facilitates interpersonal contact
and interaction, the first  international ILLA-Conference is designed to host
high-quality presentations of original research. The conference invites papers
on all aspects of legal linguistics, including (but not limited to) the
following topics:

- Semiotics, semantics and pragmatics of law
- Legislation and linguistics of norm genesis
- Multilingualism and law
- Philosophical perspectives on language and law
- Language and law in a diachronic and/or culturally comparative perspective
- Law in the context of computer-mediated communication
- Educational aspects of legal linguistics
- Language theories in law and linguistic theories of law
- Discourse and power in the courtroom
- Forensic Linguistics
- Qualitative and computer-assisted quantitative methods in legal linguistics

Individual paper contributors are expected to submit an extended abstract of
800-1000 words. Individual paper submission should include a title, discussion
of the theoretical background involved in the research, research questions,
description of the methodological approach and the main hypotheses.


Proposals for panels under a particular topic are also welcome. Prospective
panel chairs should propose a question, problem or theme which is important or
disputed, and which may have particular relevance to the overall theme of the
conference. The focus may be content-related or methodological.

The Scientific Committee particularly encourages panel proposals that will
actively generate high-quality, lively and critical dialogue between
participants. As such, chairs and conveners should give thought to the format
of their panel. Below are suggestions for panel formats (it is possible to
combine a number of these formats within one panel):

- Traditional approach: 3–4 papers / talks with discussion.
- Plenary session: the panel convenor invites 3 or 4 participants to reflect
on and respond to a given question or topic based on their own researches,
with an opportunity for questions and answers from wider conference
- Provocation session: panel members respond to 2–3 challenges or puzzles
related to their research, which are posed by a facilitator, leading to a
wider discussion with all participants in the panel.
- Themed discussion: the panel convenor identifies 3 or 4 people developing a
specific theme of study, and structures the panel around 2 key questions. Each
half of the panel is devoted to each question, with each participant invited
to make a 5-minute statement, followed by discussion.
- Methodology workshop: the panel convenor invites 3 or 4 papers / talks
employing particular research methods or approaches, or holds an open session
where all participants in the panel contribute to the analysis and discussion
of 3 or 4 methodological issues.
- 'Meet the Author', in which one or two books/well-cited articles written by
different authors are analysed by panel members, and the authors respond and
stimulate a debate.

For panel proposals, please submit a proposal words including the abstract
about the frame topic (1000–1500 words), panel format (100 words), and the
titles as well as the abstracts (each about 500-800 words) of the planned
talks with name(s), affiliation(s) and contact e-mail address(es).


Last but not least, we call for posters. Please submit abstracts with 350–400
words including title, theoretical background, research questions,
methodological approach and main hypotheses.


All abstracts have to be submitted using the following registration form:
https://illa.online/registration-fee. The deadline for submission has been
extended to October 15 2016.

For more information, including information concerning formatting and style
guidelines for proposals, visit https://illa.online/index.php/call-for-papers.


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