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Fifth International Conference on Ecolinguistics, Ecolinguistics in action: tackling real-world issues


17-Aug-2020 - 20-Aug-2020

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Contact Person: ICE-5 Team
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis
Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2020

Meeting Description:
The University of Liverpool is pleased to announce that it will be hosting ICE-5: the Fifth International Conference on Ecolinguistics, in Liverpool, from the 17th to the 20th August 2020. The theme of the conference is Ecolinguistics in action: tackling real-world issues. The conference aims to create a dynamic and stimulating space for discussions and sharing of knowledge from across all relevant disciplines in an attempt to engage academics with different perspectives and ideas on how to use ecolinguistic research to bring about change. Ecolinguistics explores the role of language in the life- sustaining interactions of humans, other species and the physical environment. One aim of ecolinguistics is to develop linguistic theories which see humans not only as part of society, but also as part of the larger ecosystems that life depends on. Another aim is to show how linguistics can be used to address key ecological issues, from climate change and biodiversity loss to environmental justice. ICE-5 will focus particularly on this second aim, and build on the themes of previous ICE conferences (held in Denmark and China) which explored how linguistics can contribute to the creation of ecological civilisations. ICE-5 will place a particular emphasis on practically resisting the hegemonic narratives of industrial civilisations and working towards concrete changes which can help more ecologically beneficial forms of society emerge.

Call for Papers:
Potential topics and themes include but are not limited to:

  • Using ecolinguistics to resist consumerism and hegemonic economic discourses
  • Working to improve communication in ecological campaigns and movements
  • Exploring, preserving and promoting ecological discourses from traditional and indigenous cultures across the world
  • The application of ecological philosophies such as buen vivir in law-making
  • Using cognitive approaches to opinion-formation to contribute to policy change
  • Critiquing discourses of environmental responsibility and justice to highlight who is to blame and who has a duty to act
  • Eco-anxiety and how the language of ecopsychology can promote environmental action
  • The search for ecosomatic discourses to promote reconnection with the body and nature
  • Using ecolinguistics to resist discourses which exploit animals and promote plant-based living
  • Critiquing discourses of sustainable living, including zero-waste living
  • Exploring ecological identity formation on social media and promoting ecologically beneficial identities
  • Using ecolinguistics to embed ecological education across the curriculum.

One of the aims of ecolinguistics is to challenge conventional forms of language and social organisation and to contribute to emerging new forms. In line with this, ICE5 will include not only conventional paper presentations but also a variety of more interactive sessions including round table discussions, outdoor sessions, interactive workshops, poetry and storytelling events, mindfulness activities, and public engagement.

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers, poster presentations, 60-minute round table discussions, outdoor workshops, mindfulness or ecosomatic sessions, or 30 minute creative performance/spoken word/storytelling sessions. Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words to Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo. by Sunday 1 March 2020, accompanied by a short biography (100 words). Presenters will be announced by Sunday 5 April 2020.

Registrations will open on Monday 6 April 2020.

Fee scale for registration:

  • Institutionally-funded participants £250 – Early Bird £200
  • Self-funded participants (high wage) £150 – Early Bird £100
  • PhD students and self-funded participants (low wage) £100 – Early Bird £70