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9th Explorations in Ethnography, Language and Communication Conference

03 April 2023–04 April 2023, 8:30 am–6:30 pm

Audience at a conference. Image: Matt Clayton for UCL Digital Media

Join the 9th iteration of this biannual conference from the Linguistic Ethnography Forum (LEF), a special interest group of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL).

Event Information

Open to



Miguel Pérez-Milans / Andrea Sunyol / Emma Brooks


20 Bedford Way

Registrations are now closed

The theme of this 9th edition of the conference is ‘Language, inequality and the everyday (un)making of alliances’. It follows a series of global crises epitomised by moments of spectacular disruption such as the so-called ‘2008 economic crisis’ or the ‘COVID-19 pandemic’. But far from representing isolated events, these build on long-standing processes, practices and experiences of inequality which are increasingly at the centre of more and more people’s daily lives. 

The conference aims to provide a platform to reflect on the types of alliances that ethnographic and language scholarship might be able to generate in the (un)making of such inequalities.


Confirmed keynote speakers and featured workshop organisers:

  • Julia Snell, University of Leeds (United Kingdom)
  • Daniel Silva, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil)
  • Beatriz Lorente, University of Bern (Switzerland)
  • Lian Malai Madsen, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • The Writing Language Ethnographically (WLE) Collective (Various Universities)

Conference structure

The event will include individual papers, colloquia and featured data analysis workshops. 

Abstract submission has now closed.


Scientific committee

We would like to thank the scientific committee for their support in reviewing the large number of conference abstract submissions: their insight, experience and expertise are much appreciated.

  • Elisabeth Barakos, University of Hamburg 
  • Eva Codó, Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • Alfonso Del Percio, UCL Institute of Education
  • Branca Fabrício, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
  • Mi-Cha Flubacher, University of Vienna
  • Katy Highet, University of the West of Scotland
  • Adam Jaworski, The University of Hong Kong
  • Martha Karrebæk, University of Copenhagen
  • Annelies Kusters, Heriot-Watt University
  • Beatriz Lorente, University of Bern
  • Luisa Martin Rojo, Autonomous University of Madrid
  • Adriana Patiño-Santos, University of Southampton
  • Kevin Petit Cahill, Lumière University Lyon 2
  • Ben Rampton, King's College London
  • Frances Rock, Cardiff University
  • James Simpson, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Bernardino Tavares, University of Luxembourg
  • Karin Tusting, Lancaster University
  • Piotr Wegorowski, Glasgow University
  • Quentin Williams, University of the Western Cape
  • Martina Zimmermann, University of Fribourg

Contact us

If you have any questions, we would be happy to hear from you. Please contact us at eelc9@ucl.ac.uk

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