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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.

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


Confirmed keynote speakers and featured workshop organisers:

  • Dr Julia Snell, University of Leeds (UK)
  • Dr Daniel Silva, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil)
  • Dr Beatriz Lorente, University of Bern (Switzerland)
  • Dr Lian Malai Madsen, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Dr Jackie Jia Lou, Birkbeck University of London (UK).

Conference structure

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

    Call for papers, posters and colloquia

    We welcome participants to submit their proposals:

    • Individual papers will be allocated 30 minutes, 20 for presentation and a further 10 minutes for discussion. Participants should submit abstracts (max. 300 words).
    • Poster presenters will be assigned a special session for brief presentations and discussions. Participants should submit abstracts (max. 300 words).
    • Colloquia will be allocated 5 slots of 30-minute each, including discussion. Panel organisers should submit an outline of the suggested topic and aims (max. 500 words), together with the titles and short abstracts (max. 300 words) of all included papers.


    All abstracts should be submitted via this platform by 1 October 2022.

    Notification of acceptance

    December 2022.


    In order to make it as affordable as possible, the organisation of this conference will be fully arranged by the local committee with no outsourcing to third parties other than catering and interpretation services. 

    Expect participation fees to be around £130 (non-BAAL members), £120 (BAAL members), £100 (students) and £80 (unemployed and participants from low, lower-middle or upper-middle income economy countries according to the WB classification). We are, however, waiting for budget confirmation so these are subject to change.

    More information on registration and fees will be announced shortly.

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    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

    More about Dr Beatriz Lorente

    Dr Lian Malai Madsen

    Associate Professor at University of Copenhagen, Denmark

    More about Dr Lian Malai Madsen

    Dr Jackie Jia Lou

    Senior Lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London

    More about Dr Jackie Jia Lou