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3rd international conference Languaging Diversity 2016 at University of Macerata (UniMC) - Call for papers (conference dates, topics, individual paper proposals and panel proposals, important dates). 3° convegno internazionale Languaging Diversity 2016 all'Università degli Studi di Macerata (UniMC) - Invio proposte (date, argomenti, interventi singoli e proposte di panel, date importanti).

Panel and Individual proposals are no longer accepted

Call for papers


General notice

Writing, reading, interpreting, translating, reporting and re-telling are all activities which draw different cultures and languages together. Diversity is at the core of all these activities, which generate lingua-cultural encounters and clashes, often leading to new beginnings, more or less hybrid spaces and identities.

Following the very successful events in Naples in 2013 and Catania in 2014, the third edition of the Languaging Diversity international conference will be held at the University of Macerata (3 - 5 March 2016), laying emphasis on the interactions between language(s) and culture(s) from the point of view of the power they generate, enforce, reinforce and undermine.

As Bassnett and Trivedi said with reference to translation, “it does not happen in a vacuum, but in a continuum”. And it is a highly manipulative activity. This is clearly true of all other forms of intercultural communication, through which power is in turn negotiated, imposed, hidden, distorted.

With its focus on power, Languaging Diversity 3 invites contributions from linguistic, literary, translation, interpreting and cultural studies scholars, as well as from academics in neighbouring disciplines with an interest in the dynamics of power, language and culture.

The conference is open, but not limited, to the following topics:

  • The (re-)writing of power
  • Institutional discourse and power projection
  • Power relations in translation
  • Audiovisual translation and accessibility as vehicles for/subverters of power
  • Brokering power in interpreting
  • Linguistic and cultural power in postcolonial settings
  • Gender studies and the expression of power
  • Corpus-based approaches to the study of power in language
  • Variationist approaches to the expression of power in language: native/L1 vs. non-native/L2, original vs. mediated (translated, interpreted, edited), written vs. oral texts
  • Authority and power in academic, professional and specialised language, including across disciplines
  • Comparative and contrastive approaches to the expression of power across languages
  • History, languages and powers.


    Please visit the Panels page to read the panel descriptions.

    If you wish to submit an individual paper proposal/abstract which relates to such panels, please indicate what panel you refer to at the end of your abstract title, like this: your title (panel #)

    Panel proposals

    --- Panel proposals are no longer accepted

    We invite colleagues to send panel proposals in line with the topics above by 10 October 2015. Panel proposals should consist of a title, a 500-word description, the name/s of the panel host/s, plus at least two possible contributors, their affiliations, and proposed presentation title.

    Confirmation of acceptance of panel proposals will be sent by 30 October.

    Individual paper proposals

    --- Individual proposals are no longer accepted

    Abstracts for 20-minute papers (within or outside approved panels) should be sent by 20 December 2015*, using the form linked here below. Abstracts should be 300-words long and accompanied by, references, name and affiliation of presenters. Notification of acceptance will be provided by 25 January 2016The conference languages are English and Italian. Proposals are accepted in both languages.

    *the call for papers submission deadline has been extended to 10 January 2016, due to the large number of requests.


    Registration opens on 10 September 2015 and closes on 20 February 2016.

  • Early bird fee: (10 September 2015 - 20 January 2016):  110 euros (90 for students*)
  • Regular fee: (21 January 2015 - 20 February 2016): 150 euros (110 for students*)
  • *to qualify for the student rate, proof of student status must be provided.

    Please visit the Registration page for more details
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