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30th European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference – Online conference, 15th to 17th September 2021

Social Semiotics & Social Justice

The theme of this ESFLC is ‘Social Semiotics & Social Justice.’ Our era of impending climate catastrophe, likely to hit the poorest hardest and earliest, and increasing inequality of opportunity and wealth, revealed in the concentration of COVID-19 death and illness in the most disadvantaged groups in society, is matched with an increasing understanding of how discourse is implicated in reproducing social relations. Our conference will explore how meaning-making in all modalities can contribute to social justice. While we welcome analyses that expose how social justice can be extended or threatened by social semiosis, we encourage speakers to describe meaningful action that will improve social justice. We look forward to diverse responses to this challenge.

We welcome our plenary speakers, Professor Tom Bartlett (University of Glasgow), Professor David Block (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Professor Ruth Harman (University of Georgia) and Professor Theo van Leeuwen (University of Southern Denmark & University of Technology, Sydney), to explore ‘Social Semiotics & Social Justice’ from different perspectives and we look forward to a range of symposia, talks and workshops that will examine our theme in depth.

As always, ESFLC also welcomes all proposals that engage with SFL and report on new research into discourse, critical discourse, educational and multimodal studies.

Sheffield Hallam University is proud to host this online conference from a city at the heart of the industrial revolution, a centre of political resistance, a hub for outdoor activity and a hospitable place to meet friends old and new, to make new meanings and to start building a better future.

Key Dates

Call for Papers
1st March 2021

Submission opens
12th April 2021

Submission closes
20th June 2021

Notification of acceptance
30th July 2021

Early Bird Registration opens
4th August 2021
Register Online

Standard Registration
16th August 2021

Registration closes
10th September 2021

Conference starts
15th September 2021

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