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ICLASP16 Call For Proposals

This conference, organized by the International Association of Language and Social Psychology (IALSP), brings together scholars who investigate language in many social contexts, using quantitative or qualitative methods. Research in this field is multi-disciplinary, with particularly strong contributions from communication studies and communicology, social psychology, sociolinguistics, and applied linguistics. It focuses on the perceptions, motivations, norms and contextual factors that influence interactants in the communication process, as well as on language and communication behavior and its consequences. For more details about language and social psychology, visit the IALSP website:

The Venue

ICLASP 16 will convene in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada from June 20th to June 23rd, 2018. Edmonton is the capital city of the Province of Alberta in western Canada. From our conference headquarters at the University of Alberta you can walk to the city’s expansive and beautiful river valley area (which is the largest urban park in North America and is 22 times larger than New York City’s Central Park), or access Whyte Avenue in Old Strathcona, one of Canada’s five best shopping neighbourhoods! Short bus or taxi excursions can take you back in time–from the fur trades era to the swanky 1920s–at Fort Edmonton Park or to North America’s largest mall, which houses the world’s largest indoor amusement and water parks. Also a stone’s throw (or a roughly 5-minute ride on the LRT) away from campus is downtown, where you can visit Edmonton’s museums, galleries, and the newly constructed Rogers Place Stadium in the ICE District. ICLASP 16 will be held in June, during Edmonton’s warm and dry summertime. With the sun rising around 5:00 am and setting after 10:00 pm on a typical day in June, the city can see up to 17 hours of sunlight in one day!

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*Please read through the Call for Proposals 2017 Guide thoroughly before developing and submitting your session proposal.*


Proposals accepted for ICLASP16 will be presented in concurrent sessions. Each concurrent session will be one and a half (1.5) hours in length. Sessions can be in two types: symposia or individual papers. Individual papers will be combined into themed sessions by ICLASP’s Scientific Committee. Alternatively, individual papers may be presented in a poster format.

Proposal Guidelines

All symposia and individual papers must pertain to the social psychology of language and communication.

Please note that preference will be given to presentations of research findings and theoretical advancements pertaining to language and social psychology. All proposals will be peer reviewed and presenters will be notified of the decision for acceptance by March 15, 2018 (extended).


Symposia should be composed of a chair and either three presentations and a discussant, or four presentations, as decided by the symposium chair. Presentations within the symposia must address a common topic or theme.

Symposia will be 80 minutes maximum, including question period, and will be scheduled according to conference needs.

Symposia submissions should contain:

  • The name and complete contact information for the symposium chair (corresponding author);
  • A 250 word (maximum) introduction to the theme and content of the symposium;
  • An indication of the symposium’s length (we recommend 4 papers per 1.5 hour session), and the roles of all participants (chair, discussant, presenting author, co-author);
  • A list of the individual presentations in order of presentation, including the title and abstract for each oral presentation (120 words maximum), presenting author, and the name, affiliation, and email address of each presenter. A typical symposium will include at least 4 presenters.
Individual Paper Presentations

Two types of individual paper presentations are available: oral presentations or interactive (poster) presentations. You will be asked to indicate your preferred presentation type in your submission form. Please note that all effort will be made to accommodate your preference, but we reserve the right to change your individual presentation type depending on scheduling needs. If a change in presentation type occurs, authors will be contacted to confirm any changes.

Oral presentations must be no longer than 20 minutes (including time for questions from the audience) and will be scheduled during one of the planned concurrent sessions by the conference organizers based on common presentation topics and scheduling needs.

Interactive (poster) presentations allow presenters and attendees to engage in extended discussions regarding the author’s presentation that is in illustrated format on a poster board.  Poster boards are 8’ high, with a surface of 4’ x 6’, and are placed in rows in a large hall. Interactive (poster) presentations will be scheduled for the full duration of a conference day and presenters are asked to be present for their assigned session and during breaks (not including the lunch break).

Individual paper submissions should contain:

  • The names and complete contact information for all authors;
  • A clear indication of which author(s) will present the paper;
  • The title of the paper;
  • An abstract (maximum 250 words);
  • An indication of authors’ preference for an oral presentation or an interactive (poster) presentation.
Online Submission Site and Guidelines

***submissions sent via email will not be accepted***

  • Ensure that your proposal is fully prepared before copying it to the online submission site.
  • You may save your submission and return to make edits. Clicking the submit button will finish and lock your submission.
  • Keep a copy of your proposal (as it was submitted).
  • Deadline for proposal submissions is (extended to) Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 11:59 PM Mountain Time.

For questions about proposal submissions, please contact:

Proposal Review and Acceptance

Proposals will be blind reviewed by the Scientific Committee and assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the presentation topic to the social psychology of language
  • Clarity of conceptual, empirical, or theoretical foundations
  • Appropriateness and effectiveness of methodological approach used

Submitters will be notified of decision by (the extended deadline of) March 15, 2018. Symposia chairs are responsible for notifying symposia participants of the decision. If your proposal is accepted, the information you provided through the submission portal will be used in the conference program.

Session titles and descriptions may be edited by conference organizers.

The acceptance of abstracts by the Scientific Committee does not imply any financial assistance or fee deduction. Presenting authors must register by April 1, 2018 to ensure that their presentation will be included in the ICLASP16 program.

Should your proposal be accepted and you agree to participate in ICLASP16:

  • For symposia, you are confirming that each of your session’s presenters commits to delivering the presentation in person and is responsible for their own travel, accommodation, and conference registration costs.
  • For individual papers, you are committing to delivering the presentation in person and are responsible for your own travel, accommodation, and conference registration costs.
  • You are agreeing to have your session scheduled during any of the planned concurrent session time slots.
  • Each session room will come equipped with one podium and one screen and projector.
  • Microphones will be provided where required.
  • Computers for presentations will be provided.
  • Presenters are responsible for bringing session materials and the electronic copy of their presentation to their session.
  • Wireless internet is available throughout the Conference space.
  • Accepted proposals will be posted on the ICLASP16 website.


Important Dates
Online submission opens November 2, 2017
Deadline for online submission March 31, 2018 (extended)
Notification of acceptance or rejection March 15, 2018 (extended)
Deadline for confirmation of attendance and early bird registration April 1, 2018



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