Call for New Submissions
SLA 2022 invites new proposals of the following types: (1) organized panel sessions, (2) roundtable sessions, (3) workshop sessions, (4) papers presented as part of an organized panel, (5) individually volunteered papers, (6) individually volunteered posters. Please visit our New Submissions link to upload new proposals for consideration in the main, in-person hybrid track or the parallel, exclusively virtual track. Submissions must include an abstract of up to 500 words for sessions and up to 250 words for papers or posters. The SLA 2022 Organizing Committee has created an Official SLA 2022 Padlet to help you organize panels and collaborate with fellow participants. New submitters will be notified of acceptance/rejection status on Tuesday, March 1.
Call for Updates to previously accepted proposals
Please visit our Updates link to revise titles, abstracts, and/or participants of previously accepted proposals. We ask that you consult your entry on the original program at the SLA 2022 Trello sitewhen revising your submission. If you are scheduled to present on the original program but find that you are unable to attend in-person, you may either (1) remain on the main in-person/hybrid program and present remotely via zoom or a pre-recording with the session organizer’s approval (note: at least two session participants must be physically present to create a hybrid session) or (2) move your submission to the parallel, exclusively virtual track (but only if requested by the February 14, 2022 deadline). Because staying on the main conference program requires additional technology support and physical space at the conference venue, hybrid presentations will require the same registration fee as other presentations on the main in-person/hybrid program. It is also possible for session organizers to move their entire session from the in-person/hybrid track to the virtual track for a 50% reduction in fees (but only if requested by the February 14, 2022 deadline). All of these options are available on our Updates link. The Official SLA 2022 Padlet may be used to find new participants to compensate for cancellations in previously accepted panels. Sessions previously accepted to the 2020 conference will be automatically accepted to SLA 2022, even if substantial updates are involved.
Original call for papers:
“Future Imperfect: Language in Times of Crisis and Hope”
September 24-26, 2020, Boulder, Colorado
Contact email: email@example.com
The Society for Linguistic Anthropology, in partnership with graduate students in the Program in Culture, Language, and Social Practice (CLASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder, is pleased to announce the SLA 2020 Fall Conference, to take place at the Hiltons on Canyon in Boulder, Colorado, on September 24-26, 2020. The SLA Conference Steering Committee welcomes all submissions advancing the study of language and society, but we are especially interested in work that engages the 2020 conference theme: Future Imperfect: Language in Times of Crisis and Hope.
The Conference Theme
As human societies face the tragedies of climate, war, racism, corruption, and displacement that are projected to define the 21st century, the SLA 2020 Fall Conference calls upon scholars to question the way forward in an imperfect future world. The future inhabits our uncertain present, generating complex intersections of crisis and hope. The imperfect, as a verb construction, describes an ongoing, incomplete action. With this conference theme, we wish to highlight the ever-unfinished and evolving condition of academic research and its contribution to pressing sociopolitical issues. How do we, in our role as researchers, reconcile time-honored methodologies with the novel challenges that have arisen in contemporary social life? How can our academic labor more effectively address the concerns of the future? We welcome submissions that make use of diverse methods, both micro and macro, to explore the precarity and forms of resistance that characterize our contemporary moment. We are especially interested in submissions that address the ways that language use may both enable and contest the sociopolitical shifts that continue to destabilize human equality (and indeed the future of humanity itself), whether at local, national, regional, or global scales.
In its focus on imperfect futures, the conference theme additionally proposes disruption and transformation as necessary concepts for critical language study. In social analytic research, these concepts each invoke traditional paradigms as they move toward more innovative ways of thinking and doing. We highlight disruption as a rethinking of relationships between researchers, participants, audiences, and methodologies. What counts as knowledge production in linguistic anthropology and related fields? Who gets to produce and circulate knowledge, and in what fora? How can we productively disrupt our reliance on knowledge systems that may be more suited to past instead of future concerns? Likewise, we highlight transformation as encompassing the many ways in which laypersons as well as researchers may change and advance the contours of language study to confront an increasingly anxious world. Through the reflexive interrogation of positionality and subjectivity, we search for emergent paths to take within—and beyond—the comfort zones in our research fields. Disruption and transformation, as mutually reinforcing, co-constitutive phenomena, create the opportunity for more critical and participatory directions in language study. This conference theme invites linguistic anthropologists and related researchers to reflect on ways to realize goals of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, gendered, and other forms of social justice in times of crisis and hope.
The conference organizers have created a Padlet to facilitate panel organization. Please use this space to gain ideas and foster collaborative work in preparation for your submission.
The submission portal is now open. Abstracts are due by 3:00 pm Eastern Time on Monday, December 16, 2019. (This due date is revised from the original due date of December 1.) Session abstracts are limited to 500 words; paper and poster abstracts to 250 words. The fee scale for the SLA 2020 Fall Conference is: $130 (SLA Professional), $150 (Non-SLA Professional), $50 (SLA Student), $70 (Non-SLA Student).
In order to promote a conference with audiences for all sessions, and to reduce scheduling challenges, the conference committee asks that each participant affiliate themselves (as presenter, chair, organizer, or discussant) with no more than two sessions.
The SLA will prioritize submissions for organized panels, individual presentations, roundtables, posters, and installations that engage productively with our conference theme and involve creative and diverse participation across methods, disciplines, institutions, and professional levels. We especially welcome panels that involve graduate students, activists, and/or public figures in addition to faculty. We also encourage conference participants to consider presenting new or in-progress research in order to take full advantage of SLA’s interdisciplinary community of scholars. To that end, we encourage participants who have an innovative proposal that does not readily fit into the conference format to contact the conference organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org for independent consideration.
Registration with the American Anthropological Association is a required first step before submitting an abstract. To register with the AAA, please log into the AAA Anthro Gateway. Click here to check if you have an existing AAA user account; if not, you will need to create a free AAA account before logging in by following the prompt to “Create an Account.” Once you have logged in from your account, select “Add Meeting Registration” on the left-hand side, then choose the link “SLA 2020 Fall Conference” to proceed. After registering with the AAA, you will receive a confirmation email and a link to submit your abstract.
It is not necessary to be a member of the SLA to submit an abstract or attend the SLA 2020 Fall Meeting. However, SLA membership will enable you to receive a discount on conference registration and a subscription to the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, as well as other perks. You may add your SLA membership to your AAA account at any time. Students may register for SLA membership at no cost.
CLASP Graduate Student Paper Competition
As part of the SLA 2020 Fall Conference, the CLASP program at the University of Colorado Boulder is pleased to announce a call for papers for a graduate student paper competition. The winner of the competition will be recognized and granted a plenary spot on the SLA 2020 conference program. Submissions of up to 8,000 words (excluding references) should be sent by December 2, 2019 to email@example.com. Please see the Graduate Student Paper Competition webpage for more information on submission requirements.
Location and Conference Hotel
The SLA 2020 Fall Conference will take place in Boulder, Colorado, a college town located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and home to the University of Colorado Boulder. The SLA has reserved a block of discounted rooms at the main conference hotel, Embassy Suites at the Hiltons on Canyon (click here to view the 3D Tour). Offering majestic mountain views and elegant furnishings, the Embassy Suites characterizes itself as an urban retreat located in the heart of Boulder. Each reservation made at the SLA/CLASP Conference Booking Link - Embassy Suites Boulder comes with a two-room guest suite, a complimentary made-to-order breakfast, a complimentary Manager’s evening reception, and access to two bars, fitness room, and heated roof-top pool.
Updates about the conference will be posted at the SLA 2020 Fall Conference website. For additional information, please contact the conference organizers (SLA Co-Chairs Judy Pine and Dominika Baran; CLASP Co-Chairs Velda Khoo and Olivia Hirschey Marrese) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to welcoming you to Boulder in September!