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9th Explorations in Ethnography, Language and Communication Conference

03 April 2023–04 April 2023, 8:30 am–4:30 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).

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Miguel Pérez-Milans / Andrea Sunyol / Emma Brooks


20 Bedford Way

The conference was first inspired by a research training programme previously run at King’s College London and the IOE, UCL. The first event took place in 2008 at Aston University to offer further opportunities to exchange knowledge around ethnography, language and communication. 

The theme of this 9th edition of the conference in London 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.

Conference structure

The event will include individual papers, colloquia and featured data analysis workshops. Paper presenters will be allowed 20 minutes, with a further 10 minutes for discussion.

Note: Registrations for the event and call for papers will open in due course.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in linguistic ethnography, linguistic anthropology, applied linguistics and sociolinguistics. 

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Covid-19 measures

To minimise Covid-related risks for in-person attendees at our events we will facilitate social distancing where possible. In-person attendees will be required to pre-register via the booking form to gain entry to the event. We strongly encourage attendees to wear a mask while in our buildings. We ask that those registered for our events do not attend in-person if they are showing respiratory symptoms. Thank you for your co-operation.

About the Speakers

Dr Julia Snell

Associate Professor of English Language at University of Leeds

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Dr Daniel Silva

Professor at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil

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Dr Beatriz Lorente

Scientific Associate at University of Bern, Switzerland

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Dr Lian Malai Madsen

Associate Professor at University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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Dr Jackie Jia Lou

Senior Lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London

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