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Call for Papers – Language, Culture and BELONGING symposium (LCBS2018)

A one-day interdisciplinary symposium hosted by the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research (GCSCR), Griffith University, Australia.

Griffith University, South Bank campus
September 26, 2018

The desire to ‘belong’ is a central and arguably universal characteristic of human society. The purpose of this symposium is to build connections between researchers interested in better understanding the links between language, culture and belonging.

This one-day symposium will feature two Keynotes, by Professor Norma Mendoza-Denton (UCLA) and Dr Brady Robards (Monash). In addition to the Keynote sessions, the symposium will be organised into three Panels, loosely themed around Words, Sounds and the Body, respectively. Panels will involve a series of papers and open discussion.

Panels will take a speed talk format. The organising committee selected this particular model to facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue at the event. This format is known to promote more vigorous discussion. We tailored this design to support the quality publication outcomes we intend to pursue post-symposium.

We welcome papers from researchers in any discipline and field, including but not limited to: linguistics, communication studies, cultural sociology, cultural semantics, discourse analysis, gender and queer studies, linguistic anthropology and sociolinguistics. Papers may focus on, but are not restricted to: accents and speech styles, body art and clothing, creative and performing arts, cultural key words, dance, DIY and prosumer culture, globalisation and diaspora, humour styles, shopping and consumption, sport, recreation and hobbies, ‘in-group talk’, narrative and story-telling, tourism and leisure, virtual communities and identities, work and employment.


The Australian Sociological Association is supporting this event, offering one TASA Postgraduate Bursary (up to $300) for travel and accommodation costs. Eligible postgraduates will have an accepted abstract for this event and be a current member of TASA.

For judging, eligible candidates will be contacted by email to complete a short paragraph statement addressing the following bursary criteria. When submitting an abstract via the EasyChair submission portal, please indicate if you are eligible for this bursary.

TASA Postgraduate Bursary criteria (/100):
> Significance of research to the symposium theme (/25)
> Location/distance from the event (/25)
> Financial hardship and/or care responsibilities (where these impact on ability to pay for event) (/25)
> Commitment to TASA (ie years of membership) (/25)

The bursary will be judged by members of the LCBS2018 organising committee and the TASA Postgraduate Portfolio Leader and Subcommittee.

In conjunction with this symposium, TASA is also running a workshop on Thursday September 27 – ‘Behind the Scenes: How to Run Academic Events and Organise Collaborative Publishing.’ This workshop is aimed at postgraduates and ECRs, and is free for TASA members. For more info see


For LCBS2018, Please submit an abstract of 200-250 words (excluding references) here. The submission portal will open on June 1st. You will need to create an EasyChair account or log in to your existing account to submit your abstract.

The deadline for abstracts is 30 June 2018. The abstract should include a clearly-stated research question or topic, a statement about framework, method or data, and main results or conclusions. Please keep references to a minimum but provide full bibliographic information.

The Organising Committee will attempt to ensure that accepted papers reflect a diversity of approaches and a balance of presenters from different career stages.

You will be notified of the outcome of your abstract submission by 15 August 2018.

All presenters are required to submit a full version of their paper (2,000-3,000 words) by 12 September 2018 for pre-circulation to other speakers.

See the full call for papers here.


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