Call for Papers

First Circular and Call for Papers

The annual Autumn Symposium of the Finnish Association of Applied Linguistics (AFinLA) will be held at the University of Turku on November 14–16, 2013. The theme of the symposium is "Language Users of Tomorrow". We invite proposals for papers, posters and workshops related to the theme as well as to other areas of applied linguistics.

The theme could be approached, for example, from the following perspectives:

  • What does language learning and language competences mean in the future?
  • How do digital environments change language use or language learning?
  • How does language use change in workplaces?
  • How does society respond to the linguistic challenges of an aging population?

The working methods of the symposium will include individual presentations, poster presentations and workshops. Our invited speakers are

Ruth Wodak, University of Lancaster, England
'Communicating Europe': Language Policies, Language Use and Language Ideologies in EU organizations

Crispin Thurlow, University of Washington (Seattle), USA
Language Workers of the World, Unite!

Camilla Wide, University of Turku
Language on the Internet: how do young Swedish-speaking Finns write today?

This year we offer a new working method, namely a doctoral students’ research workshop, the day before the actual symposium. This day also includes a presentation held by Crispin Thurlow on Digital discourse and new language ideologies: (Dis)locating English.

The main languages of the symposium will be Finnish and English, but presentations in other languages will also be welcome.

Section papers and poster presentations:

The abstracts for both section papers and poster presentations are limited to max. 300 words, including references. The file format should be .doc. The time allotted to section papers will be 20 mins + 10 mins. The maximum size of posters is A0.

Workshops and workshop presentations:

Workshop organizers will submit a description of their workshop as well as a list of the contributors and papers in the order of presentation (max. 500 words). Individual workshop presenters should also submit their own separate abstracts and give the title of their workshop upon registration. The file format should be .doc.

Doctoral students’ research workshop:

The research workshop offers an opportunity for both beginning and advanced doctoral students to present and discuss their work in small groups. Doctoral students wanting to participate are expected to send a 2–4 page paper either in Finnish or in English describing the topic, material, and theoretical framework (as far as these are already known). The paper should also include the current phase of the project and problems that the author wants to discuss. The file format of the text should be .doc. The time allotted to the presentation is 10 mins, and it is followed by a 20–30 min discussion. More information about the workshop can be found here.

Important dates:

The deadline for abstract submission, and workshop and doctoral students’ research workshop proposals is September 16, 2013.
Notification of acceptance by September 30, 2013.
The deadline for registration and payment is October 15, 2013.

Submission of abstracts, doctoral students’ texts and workshop descriptions will be done by filling in the e-form here.
Registration to the symposium will be done by filling in the e-form here.

The registration fee is 80 € for members of AFinLA and 95 for other participants (50 € for doctoral and MA students). The fee includes the symposium programme and a book of abstracts, lunches and coffees on Friday and Saturday, and coffee on the pre-seminar day.

The organizers look forward to welcoming you to Turku!

Organizing committee: Maarit Mutta (chair), Saara Eriksson, Ilmari Ivaska, Marjut Johansson, Päivi Laine, Lotta Lehti, Pekka Lintunen, Anne Männikkö, Kirsti Siitonen, Eveliina Tolvanen, Päivi Valtonen, Outi Veivo

E-mail to organizers: afinla2013 __ at __



 Important Dates


May 6, 2013
First call for Papers

September 16, 2013
Abstract submission deadline

September 30, 2013
Notification of acceptance

October 15, 2013
Registration deadline

November 14, 2013
Doctoral students' research workshop

November 15 - 16, 2013
Symposium in Turku

20014 Turun yliopisto, Finland
Tel. +358 29 450 5000

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