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Call for proposals

The International AELFE-TAPP 2020 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: from 10th July 2019 to 31st October 2019  15th November (new deadline)
Notification of acceptance: 30th November 2019
Early bird registration: 31st March 2020
Deadline for registration: 31st May 2020



Papers based on conference presentations will appear in an open-access peer-reviewed proceedings publication. We also plan to publish one or more volumes (special issue of a journal or edited book) with selected contributions.

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