6th International LANGUAGE IN THE MEDIA Conference

7-9 September 2015
University of Hamburg, Germany
Conference theme: “Language in a mediatised world”

Initiated in 2005 and previously hosted in UK, USA and Ireland, the 'Language in the Media' Conferences bring together researchers from sociolinguistics, media linguistics and discourse studies who share an interest in the study of mass and new media as sites of language, discourse, interaction, and representation.
This conference's theme focuses on language practices in a world where mediated interaction and mediatised representations increasingly shape our experience of community and society. This invites us to question rigid distinctions between media and community language, virtual interaction and 'real life', and to reconsider our theorising of communicative and linguistic change.

Keynote speakers:
Ruth Ayass (University of Klagenfurt)
Ana Deumert (University of Cape Town)
Rodney Jones (City University of Hong Kong)
Robin Queen (University of Michigan)

Keeping with its tradition of a small-scale event that facilitates personal contact and interaction, the 6th 'Language in the Media' Conference is designed to host 50-70 high-quality presentations of original research. The conference invites papers on all aspects of language in the media, including (but not limited to) the following topics:
style, variation and change in media language
media genres and media discourse
audience engagement
computer-mediated communication and social media
online activism
media language research methods

Abstracts of max. 500 words should be submitted anonymously via easychair.org by 31 January 2015. Participation is limited to one abstract per first author. The conference language is English.

The conference will also feature a limited number of thematic sessions with 3-6 papers each. Please contact us directly if you are interested in organising a session.

Call deadline: 31 January 2015
Notification of acceptance: March 2015
Registration: Starting March 2015

Information on accommodation and practicalities: Early 2015.

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