Call for Papers

Abstract submission for the 2019 LISO Conference is now closed.



University of California, Santa Barbara

May 18-19, 2019

Presented by:

The Language, Interaction, and Social Organization (LISO)

Graduate Student Organization at UCSB

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The Center for Language, Interaction and Culture (CLIC)

Graduate Student Association at UCLA


Brandy Gatlin

UC Irvine


Lynn Hou

UC Santa Barbara


Wesley Y. Leonard

UC Riverside

Ethnic Studies

Theme: “Disrupt and Advance”

The LISO conference promotes interdisciplinary research and discussion in the analysis of naturally occurring human interaction. Papers will be presented by national and international scholars on a variety of topics in the study of language, interaction, and culture. This year’s conference theme is “Disrupt and Advance.” We understand ‘disrupt’ broadly as actions or ideas that intervene in or challenge the established theoretical, institutional, or narrative frame. The emphasis on disruption is an intentional examination of disciplinary constraints. By including ‘advance’ we hope to encourage submissions that operationalize critique into praxis. We welcome papers that engage in a critique of disciplinary conventions or somehow broaden the scope of (inter)disciplinary research, presenting innovative models for paths forward. 

We seek proposals for 20-minute paper presentations which address the conference theme as they relate to any of the following topics (see list below). While submissions based on the conference theme will be particularly welcome, innovative work on all aspects of language and interaction will be considered.

    ● Cross-disciplinary perspectives

    ● Ethics and research

    ● Language acquisition

    ● Language and class, (dis)ability, race/ethnicity, gender/sexuality and age

    ● Language and education

    ● Language and media

    ● Language policy and practice

    ● Meta-commentary on disciplinary frameworks

    ● Multilingualism and cross-/intercultural communication

    ● Non-dominant epistemologies

    ● Political discourse, discussions of power

    ● Politically-engaged scholarship


Please send your abstract (up to 300 words) by January 7, 2019, to the LISO Coordinating. Committee at Late submissions will not be accepted. Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance will be sent via email in February 2019. Author information, affiliation, and contact information should be submitted in the body of the email only with abstract attachments made completely anonymous. Please include the title of your presentation in your abstract document. Abstracts must be submitted in .doc, .docx, or .pdf, format only. Abstracts must be no more than 300 words long and should not include the author's name or any other identifying information.

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