Call for papers

The University of Cagliari, Italy, and I-LanD (Identity and Language Diversity) research centre invite researchers and scholars to submit proposals for individual papers and panels on the following theme: Language and Social Class.

Following the three successful events hosted by the Universities of Naples (2013), Catania (2014) and Macerata (2016) where topics such as diversity, alterity and power have been explored with reference to gender, ethnicity and culture, we are now ready to tackle the elephant in the room: Social Class. As Machin and Richardson (2008) stated “discourses may be variously approached as (often simultaneously) reflecting class structures, as a site of class inequalities, as expressive of class identities or class consciousness and/or as a constituent part of more performative class action”. We thus invite contributions that investigate the role of language in reflecting, maintaining, enacting and inculcating ideas of and around social class in literary, non-literary and multimodal texts and discourse in all geographical and linguistic areas.

The following macro-areas and/or methodological approaches are to be understood as a general guideline and can be further extended:

– Critical Discourse Analysis

– Systemic Functional Linguistics

– Linguistic and cultural mediation

– Linguistic anthropology

– Corpus Linguistics

– Language crossing, switching, and mixing

– Language variation and language change

– Multimodal, digital and audio-visual discourse(s)

– Contrastive Pragmatics

– Ethnographic approaches to language

– Literary studies

– Cultural and postcolonial studies

– Popular culture

– History of ideas

Conference dates: 28-30 September 2017, University of Cagliari (Italy).

Call deadline:

Panels should be submitted by February 28th  DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 15TH 

Individual Abstracts should be submitted by March 10th DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 31ST

Abstract guidelines:
Subject: Languaging Diversity International Conference Paper/Panel proposal

Title of Presentation
Author(s) names, institution, e-mail address
4 to 6 Keywords (at least 1 detailing the approach taken)

anonymised abstract 250-350 words as an attachment

Conference Languages: English, Italian and Spanish


After a review process, notification of abstract review decision together with presentation guidelines and Conference details will be emailed.