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Call for proposals

The call for proposals for conference presentations is closed.

Conference participants with accepted contributions are invited to submit their texts for the online conference proceedings. See Guidelines and templates.

The International AELFE-TAPP 2021 Conference welcomes proposals related to either languages for specific purposes or virtual exchange (or which combine both). Submissions are accepted for paper and poster presentations, workshops, colloquia, and roundtables. AELFE is multilingual in nature, so participants can send their contributions in languages other than English (Spanish, Catalan, French, German, and Italian).


Participants are invited to send their proposals in relation (though not restricted) to the following AELFE thematic panels:

In particular, participants are encouraged to connect the topics in the thematic panels to broader issues, such as the interplay between EMI and ESP, EMI/ESP training or the role of ESP in the context of increasingly internationalized university settings.


Proposals focusing on virtual exchange/telecollaboration will be featured in a distinct strand, the TAPP conference, which will be held concurrently with the AELFE conference sessions. This strand is open to both experienced participants and academics willing to learn more about (or perhaps engage in) virtual exchange. A variety of proposals are welcome for papers, workshops, colloquia, and roundtables on any area of virtual exchange. Topics may include (but are not limited to):

Thematic symposia

In addition to regular AELFE and TAPP panels, the conference will also feature the following thematic symposia. Please follow the links below for specific instructions on submissions: 

Technical and Professional Communication for Users in Intercultural and Multilingual Contexts

Symposium Chairs: Bruce Maylath (North Dakota State University) and Kirk St.Amant (Louisiana Tech)

This half-day symposium on Technical and Professional Communication will highlight current thinking and developments in technical and professional communication, as they relate to intercultural and/or multilingual contexts. [+More]

Multilingualism in EU Institutions and EU Law

Symposium Chairs: Karin Luttermann (Catholic University Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, Germany) and Jan Engberg (Aarhus University, Denmark)

This symposium seeks to bring together researchers from law, linguistics and affiliated disciplines like translation, socio-linguistics and language policy in order to encourage interdisciplinary research. [+More]

Forum for young researchers

As it is usual in AELFE Conferences, there will be a forum for young researchers, which will provide PhD students and junior scholars with the opportunity to present their research and receive feedback from experienced scholars.  

Important dates

Call for proposals: Deadline 30th November 2020. EXTENDED TO 7th December 2020. 
Notification of acceptance: 20th December 2020. EXTENDED TO 12th January 2021. 
Submission of short texts for online proceedings: Deadline 6th April 2021. EXTENDED to 19th April 2021.
Early bird registration: Deadline 2nd May 2021 
Deadline for registration: 15 June 2021


Authors are invited to submit short papers based on their presentations for publication in the open-access, peer reviewed online conference proceedings. Guidelines.

In addition to the online proceedings, we also plan to publish one or more volumes (special issue of a journal or edited book) with selected extended papers based on conference contributions. A specific call will be launched after the conference.

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