Call for papers


Languaging Diversity 2021

Online symposium

13-15 October 2021

University of Lille, France

STL (Savoirs, Textes, Langage), Research Lab, UMR 8163 du CNRS

< >





Languaging Diversity  is the itinerating conference of the I-Land Interuniversity Research Centre, an international independent and interdisciplinary center for advanced studies in Linguistics, Social Sciences and the Humanities with a focus on the key notions of identity and diversity, from a linguistic, cultural, and gender studies perspective, in and across cultures. 

Following the six successful events hosted by the Universities of Naples (2013), Catania (2014), Macerata (2016), Cagliari (2017), Antwerp (2018) and Teruel (2019), the seventh edition of the Languaging Diversity conference (LD2021) will be organized by the University of Lille, France. Due to the COVID-19 ongoing pandemic, the event will be held exclusively online via the virtual conference management platform Underline.


Conference theme

“The Linguistic Construction of Emotional Challenges in a Changing Society”



The 7th edition of the Languaging Diversity conference focuses on the emotional challenges that result from the most recent social transformations, and on the way such experiences are expressed in discourse. The extreme social innovations of the last two decades, which have also been brought about by digital communication, are fundamentally altering the way we live and relate to one another in the sphere of work, civic participation, education and learning, affect and sexuality, healthcare and well-being. In their scale and complexity, these social transformations inevitably generate emotional experiences that require to be expressed in language. Some of these emotions, be they negative or positive, are so novel that they still lack a specific linguistic designation, or discursive representation. Conversely, some existing linguistic constructions used to describe an emotional experience may be ‘ageing’ due to the incredible speed of contemporary social change, and need to be made purposeful again in the light of the processes of variation and/or digitalization of the genres within which they occur. Other categories of emotions may simply not be discursively represented at all, because associated to taboo topics in our society (such as  mental health or grief). The advent of online communities plays an interesting role in this respect, as they become safe arenas where so far silenced feelings are finally ‘voiced’ and acknowledged by users and their networked audience. In online discussion fora for example, where people who have endured similar experiences unite, stigma and shame give way to the need to communicate and reify these emotions by means of lexical items chosen by the members of the online support group themselves (a case in point are the online discussions of bereaved parents’ community in search of a neologism to designate - and give recognition to - their status as parents). 

The LD2021 conference convenors invite papers and posters that investigate the intersection of emotion, communication and social change, also within the framework of digital communication. The papers and posters presented at the LD2021 conference will explore the expression of emotion(s) at the different levels of linguistic description (phonological, morphological, syntactic, lexical, semantic, pragmatic, discursive), and in texts and contexts related to traditional and digital genres in different domains, including (but not restricted to) health, medicine and science, media, politics, the law, academia, the world of corporate and institutional work, education and learning. 

Given the high transdisciplinary nature of the LD2021 conference theme, innovative methodological approaches in relation to the macro thematic frameworks listed below are particularly welcome.


Subject areas

Discourse Analysis; Critical Discourse Analysis; Systemic Functional Linguistics; Multimodal Semiotics; Corpus Linguistics; Corpus-based discourse studies; Genre Analysis; Pragmatics; Semantics; Cognitive Linguistics; Construction Grammar; Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics; SLA; Sociolinguistics; Sociolinguistics of Globalization; Intercultural Communication; World Englishes (EIL, ELF); Language crossing; switching, and mixing; Language variation and language change; Linguistic anthropology; Ethnographic approaches to language; Translation Studies; Media Studies; Specialized languages; Forensic Linguistics. 


Thematic frameworks 

 LD2021 welcomes proposals addressing the linguistic representation of emotional challenges within one of the following (non-exhaustive) thematic frameworks:

  • Digital innovation and transformation
  • Creating inclusive societies with digital technology
  • ICT for education, learning and inclusion
  • (Over-)Digitalization of the private sphere
  • Information manipulation: democracy and fake news
  • Online violence: cyberbullying, digital drama and hate speech
  • Disagreement and conflict 
  • Climate action and the environment
  • Sustainability and the bioeconomy
  • Health, demographic change and wellbeing
  • Palliative care
  • Death, bereavement and grief
  • End-of-life law and assisted dying
  • Ageing and age-specific issues
  • Digital technology for sexual and reproductive health
  • Affect and sexuality
  • Taboo concepts, curse words and profanity
  • Pornography, obscenity and censorship  
  • Gender equality and gender justice
  • Social exclusion, discrimination, inequalities and their relation to mental health
  • The rise of the shared/collaborative economy and new forms of social inclusion 
  • Emerging legal issues in the 21st century
  • Artificial intelligence and the law
  • Intellectual property in the digital age 
  • Identity-related crime
  • Legal and ethical issues in healthcare


Confirmed keynote speakers

  • Jeannette Littlemore (University of Birmingham, UK)
  • Maïa Ponsonnet (University of Western Australia, AU)
  • Andrea Scarantino (Georgia State University, US) 



The LD2021 conference invites two categories of presentation:

  • Paper presentation
  • Digital poster

Paper presentations, to be scheduled in parallel sessions, will last 20 minutes. 

Digital posters will be published on the Underline platform before the beginning of the conference and will involve a three-minute online presentation, with an interactive Q&A session. 

When submitting, please indicate in the first line of the abstract whether the proposal is for a paper or a poster presentation. Abstracts should be between 500 and 800 words for oral papers and between 400 and 500 words for digital posters, references excluded.  

Abstracts should provide a clear outline of the aim of the study, including clearly articulated research question(s), details of the theoretical approach(es), method(s) and data sources, analytical focus and relevance of results (if already available). Both types of submission should include a list of references.

Please note that all submitted abstracts of papers and posters for the LD2021 conference will undergo a blind review process.

Abstracts are to be submitted via by 1st March  22 March 2021 (extended deadline) 



The online platform Underline provides the speakers with the opportunity of assigning a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) to their recorded presentation given at the LD2021 conference. Upon your approval, this video will be made freely accessible on the Underline archives server. It can then be used as an entry in the authors’ CV and as proof of their research to prevent content theft.

A selection of papers will be published in an edited volume and/or in a special issue of a scientific journal.


Important dates

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1st March 2021
  • !!! Deadline for the 2nd Call for Papers: 22 March 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: by 5 May 2021
  • Early bird registration opens 5 May and ends 31 August 2021
  • Conference: 13-15 October 2021


Registration fee

The early bird registration fee (from 30 April to 30 August 2021) is 50 EURO. The late registration fee (after 30 August 2021) is 70 EURO.

A reduced fee of 35 EURO applies to students. 

Please check our Conference website for registration details (link to HERE).


Language of the conference



Conference convenors

Giuditta Caliendo, Université de Lille & STL, France

Maarten Lemmens, Université de Lille & STL, France

Mégane Lesuisse, Université de Lille & STL, France


Scientific Committee

Giuseppe Balirano, Università degli Studi di Napoli ‘l’Orientale’, Italy

Henry Hernandez Bayter, Université de Lille & STL, France

Stéphanie Caët, Université de Lille & STL, France

Giuditta Caliendo, Université de Lille & STL, France

Bert Cappelle, Université de Lille & STL, France

Paola Catenaccio, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Emmanuelle Canut, Université de Lille & STL, France

Stefania D’Avanzo, Università degli Studi della Campania ‘Luigi Vanvitelli’, Italy

Ilse Depraetere, Université de Lille & STL, France

Emilia Di Martino, Università degli Studi ‘Suor Orsola Benincasa’, Italy

Antonio Fruttaldo, Università degli Studi di Napoli ‘l’Orientale’, Italy

Dariusz Galasiński, Uniwersytet Wrocławski, Poland

Kim Grego, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Siria Guzzo, Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy

Geert Jacobs, Universiteit Gent, Belgium

Samantha Laporte, Université de Lille & STL, France

Maarten Lemmens, Université de Lille & STL, France

Mégane Lesuisse, Université de Lille & STL, France

Jeannette Littlemore, University of Birmingham, UK

Julien Longhi, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, France

Corinne Oster, Université de Lille & CECILLE, France

Paolo Mairano, Université de Lille & STL, France

Antonella Napolitano, Università del Sannio, Italy

Maria Cristina Nisco, Università degli studi di Napoli ‘Parthenope’, Italy

Paola Pietrandrea, Université de Lille & STL, France 

Margaret Rasulo, Università degli Studi della Campania ‘Luigi Vanvitelli’, Italy

Annick Rivens Mompean, Université de Lille & STL, France 

Catherine Ruchon, Université Sorbonne Paris Nord -Pléiade, France

Hans-Jörg Schmid, LMU München, Germany

Jerome Tessuto, Università degli Studi della Campania ‘Luigi Vanvitelli’, Italy


Organizing Committee

Giuditta Caliendo, Université de Lille & STL, France

Justin Duquesnoy, Université de Lille & STL, France

Océane Foubert, Université de Lille & STL, France

Lola Marinato, Université de Lille & STL, France

Maarten Lemmens, Université de Lille & STL, France

Mégane Lesuisse, Université de Lille & STL, France

Sayf-Eddine Mohamed, Université de Lille & STL, France


Conference administration 

Justin Duquesnoy, STL General Secretary, 


Conference website:



Online user: 1 Privacy