3rd Call for papers: LSPPC6 – Multimodality and Beyond (online conference)

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The deadline for abstract submission to LSPPC6 is October 31, 2020: just around the corner! 

We are pleased to announce our second call for the 6th International Conference of the Asia-Pacific LSP & Professional Communication Association on the theme of “Multimodality and Beyond: Addressing complexity and emerging needs in LSP”, to be held online from June 3rd to 5th 2021, hosted by the Department of English at City University of Hong Kong. Given the importance of gesture to multimodality, this conference is being organised in collaboration with the regional hub of the International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS Hong Kong). 

We are going online 

In view of the continuing travel restrictions and other issues associated with the global pandemic, we have taken the difficult decision to move the conference from a physical, face-to-face event to an online, virtual event. We hope that this decision provides you with some certainty and that you will be able to submit an abstract in the knowledge that you will be able to participate from a distance. While an online event can never replace a face-to-face one, we will be able to charge less than we would have had to for the ‘real life’ event. In addition, we hope that this will be a ‘greener’ event without the need for airfares and hotels, as well as making it possible for more people to attend. With a bit of luck (but probably a few hiccups along the way), we hope to simulate an exciting and engaging event that results in new connections, new knowledge, and various kinds of academic 'outputs'. 

Confirmed Plenary and Workshop Speakers (abstracts and bios on website): 

Professor Diane Belcher, Georgia State University  
Professor Kay O’Halloran, University of Liverpool  
Professor Guangwei Hu, Polytechnic University of Hong Kong  
Professor Jürgen Streeck, University of Texas at Austin 
Professor Li Wei, University College London   

Invited Panels, Convened and Chaired by (confirmed panelists listed on website):   

Professor Sue Starfield, University of New South Wales  
Dr. Christoph Hafner, City University of Hong Kong  
Dr. Renia Lopez, Polytechnic University of Hong Kong  

Submission of Abstracts  

Submission of abstracts is now open: Click here to submit

We invite paper presentations, poster presentations and thematic panels that address any aspect of LSP and Professional Communication research including but not exclusively limited to the following themes of the conference: 

  • Multimodality/multisensoriality in language, communication and interaction   
  • Methods, frameworks, and theories of multimodality in LSP and professional communication   
  • Multimodal transcription / multimodal representation of data   
  • Digital genres and practices in LSP and professional communication   
  • Research methods in LSP and professional communication   
  • Needs analysis in LSP and professional communication   
  • Genre pedagogy in LSP and professional communication   
  • Digital literacies pedagogy in LSP and professional communication   
  • Course/materials design in LSP and professional communication   
  • Testing and assessment in LSP and professional communication   
  • Teacher training in LSP and professional communication   
  • Language as embodied activity: gesture, languaging, and translanguaging   
  • Emotion and affect in LSP and Professional Communication   
  • English for research publication purposes: Genres, data, resources, and platforms   
  • Academic and professional practices: Language and genre analysis  

Important Dates  

Submission of Abstracts Now Open
31st October 2020: Submission Deadline  
18th January 2021: Notification of Acceptance & Early Bird Registration Opens  
20th March 2021: Early Bird Registration closes & Regular Registration Opens  
9th May 2021: Regular Registration Closes  
3rd – 5th June 2021: Online Conference 

The local organising committee at the Department of English, City University of Hong Kong, looks forward to seeing you online! 

Dr Simon Harrison (Chair) 
Dr Christoph Hafner (Co-Chair, President of Asia-Pacific LSPPC Association) 
Dr Becky Kwan 
Dr Jenifer Ho 

Conference Secretariat 

Ms Hemans Wong 
Ms Cecilia Chan 


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