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2nd Roundtable on Practices and Standards in Forensic Authorship Analysis

The 2nd Roundtable on Practices and Standards in Forensic Authorship Analysis, which is supported by the International Association of Forensic Linguists, will be held online at the University of Manchester on the 7th of July 2021.

The event is aimed at moving the field of forensic authorship analysis towards standardisation in the practice by improving the dialogue between scholars with different approaches and from various disciplines. This event follows the 1st Roundtable, which was hosted in 2019 and can be watched at this Youtube address: .

This year’s event will is taking place online via Zoom.

The timetable is below. All times in British Summer Time / GMT+1

9.00 – 9.45 Dr Shunichi Ishihara (Australian National University): “Estimating forensic likelihood ratios for linguistic text evidence with discrete models
9.45 – 10.15 Questions and roundtable discussion
10.15 – 10.25 Break
10.25 – 10.45 Dr Sheila Queralt (Laboratorio SQ – Lingüistas Forenses): “The challenge of measuring the impossible: Authorship attribution casework
10.45 – 11.00 Questions
11.00 – 11.20 Dr James Tompkinson (JP French Associates): “Understanding and expressing evidence in forensic speech science
11.20 – 11.35 Questions
11.35 – 12.00 Roundtable discussion
12.00 – 12.30 Lunch break
12.30 – 12.50 Dr Lynn Anthonissen (University of Tübingen): “Individuality in language: Patterns of variation and change in a network of early modern authors
12.50 – 1.05 Questions
1.05 – 1.50 Dr Maciej Eder (Polish Academy of Sciences/Pedagogical University of Kraków): “Reliability issues in authorship attribution studies
1.50 – 2.30 Questions and roundtable discussion
2.30 – 2.45 Wrap up and conclusions

The event is FREE to attend but participants need to register here. The 2nd Roundtable on Practices and Standards in Forensic Authorship Analysis will be recorded and uploaded on Youtube.    

For further information, please contact the organisers: Dr Andrea Nini (University of Manchester) and Dr David Wright (Nottingham Trent University)


IAFL15: The 15th Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists

The 15th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL) will be hosted by the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics (AIFL), Aston University, Birmingham, UK from Monday 13th September to Wednesday 15th September 2021.

After careful consideration of the current circumstances and due to uncertainties surrounding travel to the UK, the organising committee have decided to hold the conference entirely online.

To avoid the inevitable internet connection problems, all presentations will need to be pre-recorded and uploaded onto the system provided by the organising committee. The pre-recorded talks will be played during the conference in parallel sessions and there will be opportunities for a live Q&A for each presenter. Alongside this traditional schedule format, presentations will be made available to the registered participants 48 hours in advance (subject to presenters’ permission) on a dedicated website to make sure participants from different time zones don’t miss out.

Instructions on how to prepare and upload the videos will be sent to the presenters by 5 July. 

Registration is already open and can be made here. There are two deadlines for registration:

a) Those presenting a paper must register by 30 July 2021. This will enable the organisers to give presenters access to the dedicated website so that they can upload their pre-recorded talk.

b) Those who are NOT presenting a paper can register by 31 August 2021.

Registration fees

  IAFL Members Non-members
Students £60 £100
Non-students £100 £180

IAFL membership can be purchased independently on the IAFL website here:

Why join the International Association of Forensic Linguists?
Members of the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL) join a community interested in all aspects of the investigation of language and the law. The Association organises international conferences and members are entitled to discounted rates at those conferences. Furthermore, all members receive, at no extra cost, copies of the International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law (IJSLL) and electronic access to all back issues of the Journal.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers
Prof. Janet Ainsworth, Seattle University, US
Dr Tammy Gales, Hofstra University, US
Dr Jennifer Glougie, Labour Relations Board, British Columbia, Canada
Prof. Christopher Hutton, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Dr Nicci MacLeod, Northumbria University, UK
Prof. Karen McAuliffe, University of Birmingham, UK
Dr Isabell Picornell, QED Ltd. and Aston University, UK

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Call for Bids: Biennial Conference in 2021

The IAFL Executive Committee invites proposals from institutions with IAFL-affiliated members who wish to host the next biennial conference in 2021. We are also seeking preliminary proposals or inquiries about the 2023 meeting from members who may be keen to host but will not be ready for 2021. Proposals should be emailed by 15 December 2019 to Janet Ainsworth and Tammy Gales Inquiries meanwhile are welcome. Please ensure that proposals address all of the points identified below:

1. Location Where will the meeting be held and at what kind of site? Ideally, the conference would take place on a university campus, but hotel-based proposals will also be considered. Attractiveness of the location (what to see and do in the area) is a bonus but not a key factor.

2. Accessibility How difficult is it for overseas delegates to obtain visas to visit the host country? How far is the location from a well-serviced international airport? How will members reach the meeting location? How far is the conference venue from the town centre? What provisions will be made for delegates with disabilities? Do all the key conference venues have wheelchair access?

3. Accommodation Where will members stay during the meeting and how much will it cost? How far from the conference venue are the accommodations and how will delegates travel conveniently from the accommodation to the venue? What is the local geography like for the conference facilities themselves? We are particularly keen to understand distances between accommodation and conference facilities and also whether plenary sessions will be held close to or in the same building as parallel sessions. IAFL would prefer a low-cost university accommodation to be available for the majority of delegates needing accommodation, but with an option of staying in a nearby hotel for those who prefer. If campus accommodation is not available, what facilities are conveniently located near the designated hotels?

4. Fees What do you anticipate that the fee will be for IAFL members and non-members? Please note that the gap between the member and non-member registration fees must be at least as much as one year’s membership (applying the student rate as appropriate)? Fee structures will typically include discount for members and for students and this needs to be budgeted. You should also make clear what will be covered and not covered? Will there be a combined fee plus university accommodation rate?

5. Organizing Team Who will be responsible for organizing the meeting? What previous experience does the local committee have in organizing conferences? If they lack experience in organizing large events, what other experience of theirs will make success likely? How much of the organization can be contracted out (e.g. to university accommodation and catering services)?

6. Financial Support Beyond the organizers, will there be additional support from an academic department, school, or faculty? Is there likely to be financial support from a university or government source? Will you be insured in one way or another against loss (e.g., by your department or university setting aside emergency funds for this purpose)? What do you intend to do with any profit made?

7. Facilities What kinds of facilities are available both in the conference rooms and more generally on site? At a minimum, IAFL would expect: a) sufficiently-sized and equipped rooms with adequate IT and AV equipment; b) an on-call IT team (including weekends) to sort out the inevitable computer and AV mishaps that occur; c) sufficient and adequate catering facilities; d) access to the Internet for delegates at the conference venue; translation facilities if papers will be accepted for presentation in languages other than English. What other facilities are available on campus, in the student residences or on site more generally? Are facilities fully accessible for any disabled member?

8. Dates The preferred conference dates would fall during the first half of July. If you propose different dates, please address the extent to which delegates from various parts of the world will be able to attend during those dates. You will need, for example, to check on teaching term dates in the US, Europe and Australasia.

We look forward to receiving well-conceived and exciting proposals within the next few months.