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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 jan@seattleu.edu and Tammy Gales tammygales@gmail.com. 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.

Forensic Linguistics Panel at CADAAD 2020

Abstract submissions are invited for a panel on forensic linguistics that Dr David Wright is proposing for the 8th Conference for Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines (CADAAD) which will take place from 7-9 July 2020 and will be hosted by the University of Huddersfield, UK. The panel is entitled ‘Critical approaches to discourse in forensic contexts’.

The aim of the panel is to bring together papers which apply theories and approaches from within Critical Discourse Analysis to discourse in forensic or legal contexts. The call is broad and welcomes abstracts that deal with any critical analysis of relevant discourse types. This might include, but is not limited to:

  • Critical discourse analysis of written legal genres
  • Critical discourse analysis of spoken genres in the legal process
  • Critical discourse analysis of evidential or criminal texts
  • Critical discourse analysis of ‘non-forensic’ and texts and genres which have relevance to the delivery of justice
  • Critical discourse analysis of other institutional discourses as they pertain to law and crime (e.g. media, political and educational discourses)
  • The critical analysis of legal translation and legal interpreting
  • The analysis of abusive, harassing and threatening online and offline discourses
  • The analysis of hate speech

The theme of this year’s CADAAD conference is ‘Reconciling rigour and context in CDA’, with a specific focus on the steps that are taken to get from data to results.

All papers will be allocated 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions. The language of the conference is English.

Interested authors should send an abstract of up to 350 words (excluding references) to david.wright@ntu.ac.uk by Monday 25th November.

Once the abstracts have been submitted, seven abstracts will be selected for the panel such that the panel has a clear and coherent theme or thread. Once submitted to the conference organisers, all proposals are peer-reviewed and ‘abstracts that form part of a panel proposal will be reviewed individually’.

This event is not organised/sponsored by the IAFL, so for further information please contact Dr David Wright.

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GSFL2019: Last Chance to Register

There are now only a handful of spaces left for the 2019 Roundtable of the Germanic Society for Forensic Linguistics (GSFL2019) in Graz, Austria.  Registration will be officially closed by July 27, 2019.  To sign up for the GSFL2019, please use the following link:

http://germanicsocietyforensiclinguistics.org/roundtable/registration-2/

Again, just a few of our confirmed Guest Speakers include the following:

Professor Peter French (JP French Associates and the University of York: UNITED KINGDOM)
Dr. Janet Ainsworth (Seattle University: USA)
Dr. Alena Aigner (Court Certified Expert FL Witness: AUSTRIA)
Dr. Almut Braun (University of York: UNITED KINGDOM)
Dr. Kate Haworth (Aston University: UNITED KINGDOM)
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Krieg-Holz (Alpen Adria Universität: AUSTRIA)
Ms. Gudrun Mueller (FTS GmbH: GERMANY)
Dr. Nicci MacLeod (Northumbria University: UNITED KINGDOM)
Dr. Isabel Picornell (QED Limited: UNITED KINGDOM)
Dr. David Wright (Nottingham Trent University: UNITED KINGDOM)

More information on our Guest Speakers and the preliminary schedule of presentations can be found here: http://germanicsocietyforensiclinguistics.org/

As always, space for this event will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis. We look forward to welcoming you to AUSTRIA!

The GSFL2019 Organizational Team

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Forensic Linguistics Conference – Arizona State University

Call for proposals

The first Forensic Linguistics Conference at Arizona State University will be held on October 4&5, 2019, at the Tempe, Arizona, campus. The English department, which houses the Linguistics program, will host the conference.

Forensic linguistics is a broad field in which language meets the law. We invite attendance and participation by anyone with an interest in any area of forensic linguistics, including but not limited to legal language, legal processes, linguistic evidence, author/speaker identification, forensic stylistics, linguistic dialectology, forensic phonetics, trademark issues, authorship and plagiarism.

Who?   

The keynote speaker is Professor Philip Gaines of Montana State University, whose areas of specialization in forensic linguistics include police interrogation, false confessions and trial attorney discourse. On Friday, the keynote speaker will give an interview and interrogation workshop. A workshop on authorship analysis will follow, to be given by ASU Prof. Elly van Gelderen.

Undergraduate and graduate students and professionals are invited to save the date to attend the conference and to submit a proposal to give an oral presentation at the conference.   

When?   

The conference will be held Friday, October 4, and Saturday, October 5, 2019. Two workshops will be held on Friday afternoon; conference presentations and keynote speaker are on Saturday.

The deadline for proposals is as follows:

  • Monday, August 15, 2019, by 11:59pm.

What?

Proposals for conference presentations are welcome from professionals as well as graduate and undergraduate students.   

Presentation details:

  • Timeslots will be 30 minutes (25 minutes to present plus 5 minutes for question-and-answer).
  • Presentations will be given on Saturday, October 5.
  • Audio-visual equipment and Internet access is available for presentations.
  • The topic is flexible, as long as it belongs in the category of forensic linguistics. Miranda warnings, the police caution, jury instructions, 911 calls, trademark infringement, interview and interrogation issues, the speech of asylum-seekers, language dialects, ransom notes, stalker communications, suicide notes, threat texts, plagiarism – these are a few of the potential areas for presentations.

How? 

Proposals should include the following:

  • A title (20 words maximum)
  • A description of what the presentation will cover (200 words maximum)

Submit proposals via e-mail to ASUForensicLinguistics@gmail.com. PDFs are appreciated.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions:  ASUForensicLinguistics@gmail.com

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Candidates for the IAFL Executive Committee

Standing for Vice President of IAFL

Isabel Picornell, PhD

My name is Isabel Picornell. I am Director of a forensic linguistics consultancy (QED Limited) and an Honorary Research Fellow with the Centre for Forensic Linguistics at Aston University, UK, where I did my PhD in forensic linguistics. I come from an investigative background; I am a Certified Fraud Examiner and my research involves the application of forensic linguistics theory and practice to real-world investigations. I’ve also taught at International Summer Schools in Forensic Linguistic Analysis and I co-run (together with Dr Ria Perkins) the Short Course in Forensic Linguistics at the University of Cologne (Germany).

I’ve been a member of IAFL since 2005. I was Membership Secretary between 2010-2013, and I’ve been Secretary since 2015. My term ends in July and I am standing for Vice-President of IAFL.

These are interesting times for forensic linguistics. Awareness of it is on the rise, and with it comes the responsibility of IAFL to do more to promote good research, good practice, and qualified practitioners. I am particularly interested in three issues and, as Vice President (and as President afterwards), I would work towards these goals:

  1. bringing more non-linguists into the IAFL fold, especially lawyers and the investigatory and regulatory sectors who stand to benefit from an increased knowledge of forensic linguists (although they are not forensic linguists themselves); and,
  2. increasingly promote forensic linguistics in parts of the world, particularly in Asia, where it already has a fledgling grip and is ripe for growth; and, finally,
  3. recognising appropriate qualifications within the IAFL membership, encouraging continuing professional development, and enhancing the value of IAFL membership.

My position, with one foot inside academia and another in the investigative industry, provides me with the knowledge to work towards the first; my Asian/European background assists me with the second; and my experience of being a regulated and certified fraud examiner helps me with the third.

I would be grateful for your vote as Vice President of IAFL in these elections.

Standing for Secretary of IAFL

Tammy Gales, PhD

I am an Associate Professor of Linguistics and Director of Research at the Institute of Forensic Linguistics, Threat Assessment, and Strategic Analysis at Hofstra University in New York. I have been an active member of the IAFL since 2007 and am pleased to stand for the position of Secretary.

Over the past two years, I have served as the Publicity Officer on the IAFL Executive Committee, where we have been committed to expanding the availability and understanding of forensic linguistics around the world. As Secretary, I envision a continuation of this goal through increased membership, especially in under-represented regions, and more open access to forensic data resources for research purposes.

In addition to serving on FL editorial boards (e.g., Language and Law / Linguagem e Direito), being a regular reviewer for FL and legal publications (e.g., International Journal of Speech, Language and Law), and overseeing approximately 20 MA theses and serving on 3-4 PhD committees annually – all of which focus on FL topics – I am currently serving or have served in a variety of capacities that relate to the duties required of Secretary for IAFL. Such responsibilities include:

  • serving on the Executive Committee of the International Linguistics Association and co-chairing their Lecture Series Committee, where we hosted talks by international scholars on a range of linguistic topics including those of legal and forensic interest;
  • serving as a member of the newly initiated Language and Law Consultancy housed at Brigham Young University, where we work to bring legal scholars and practitioners together with corpus linguists to help structure new ways to research questions of statutory interpretation;
  • chairing our Outcomes Assessment Committee at Hofstra for the past 5 years, which was recently instrumental in gaining our reaccreditation;
  • chairing and then serving as a member of the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Committee, where we monitor the status and progress of all graduate programs in our college; and
  • co-directing and being the sole adviser for our linguistics programs at Hofstra, which include approximately 150 students in our Major (BA), Minor, dual-degree BA-MA, MA in forensic linguistics, joint JD-MA, dual-MA with Aston University, and potential new Graduate-level online certificate program.

If elected to position of Secretary for IAFL, I will bring with me all of these successful experiences and serve the organization and membership to my fullest capacity. I greatly appreciate your consideration.

Standing for Publicity Officer of IAFL

Rui Sousa-Silva, PhD

Forensic Linguistics has expanded significantly over the last decades, not only in English-speaking countries, but also elsewhere; new forensic linguistics courses have emerged throughout the world, the role of forensic linguistics experts has gained more relevance and visibility, the cooperation between the academy and legal institutions has gained prominence and linguists have gained more credibility than ever. This is due, in no small part, to the work of the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL). However, these developments also bring along new challenges, for the IAFL and for forensic linguists, in general. The so-called ‘CSI effect’, for example, has attracted general interest to the area, so that some people now believe that speaking a language suffices to act as a forensic linguistics expert. Only the IAFL, as a worldwide organisation, has the tools to counter this. This can be achieved, not only by working towards a certification procedure, but also – with a more immediate effect – by attracting more qualified academics and practitioners to the Association. As an IAFL member from a non-English speaking country, and in fact the first qualified forensic linguist in Portugal, I have seen the discipline grow in the whole world, in general, and in Portuguese-speaking countries, in particular. This is due, in part, to my talks and publications, in English and in Portuguese, as well as to the successful conferences that I organised so far: the 3rd European Conference of the IAFL, in 2012, and the 13th Biennial Conference of the IAFL, in 2017. These conferences attracted over 100 and 200 participants, respectively, from all over the world – although the 3rd European conference was planned to be a ‘regional’ conference. Importantly, too, the publication (biannually) of the international bilingual journal Language and Law, which I am very pleased to co-edit with Malcolm Coulthard, has given new audiences, including those from low-income regions, an unprecedented access to the field as the journal is absolutely free for readers and authors. In parallel, news pieces in media outlets in which I featured have allowed the general public to discover the potential of forensic linguistic analysis. The IAFL undeniably has an extraordinary growth potential, but it is my belief that a solid, proactive and overarching publicity plan will optimise that potential and bring the IAFL to whole new levels. I therefore stand for IAFL Publicity Officer, hoping that I will be in a position to serve the Association.

Standing for Treasurer of IAFL

Ria Perkins, PhD

I am a Research Fellow at the Center for Forensic Linguistics at Aston University, and the director of my own consultancy company, Hapax Consulting Ltd.. Since completing my PhD I have been actively involved in research, casework, teaching and training in forensic linguistics.

I have been a member of IAFL since 2009, when I started my PhD, and have seen the value that the association can bring to members at a range of stages throughout their career. I was am also a founding member of the Germanic Society of Forensic Linguistics (GSFL). I have held various positions on the Executive Council including; Student Liaison (2013-2015), Writing Officer (2015-2017), and Development Officer (2017 – present).

I work closely with the current IAFL treasurer, and am located in the same city in the same country – ensuring that there will be a smooth transition period.

If elected I will make it a priority to organise an audit with an external accountancy company, so that IAFL can ensure, and demonstrate that it is conducting its monetary affairs legally and transparently.  I will utilise my experience to accurately track and report our financial situation.

Standing for Ordinary Member of IAFL

Marilu Rañosa-Madrunio, PhD

I am an educator and author in the field of English and applied linguistics.

In the academe, I am better known for my current post as dean of the Graduate School of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, where I oversee almost a hundred master’s and doctoral degree programs and certificate courses. The University of Santo Tomas (UST) is the oldest existing university in Asia having been established in 1611.

With my background as past president of the Linguistic Society of the Philippines (LSP), and a conference organizer of the 15th International Association of World Englishes (IAWE) in Cebu, Philippines, I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to pioneer in the teaching and development of the emerging field of forensic linguistics in the Philippines. This was after undergoing the training/workshop conducted by the International Summer School in Forensic Linguistic Analysis (ISSFLA) that took place in Malaysia in 2012.

I have helped apply the practical side of linguistics in resolving one trademark case in the Philippines.  I have also mentored graduate and undergraduate students who engaged in the study of credit card terms and conditions for a top Philippine/Asian bank by simplifying it,  analyzing consumer product warnings, examination of vulnerable and non-vulnerable witnesses as well provided training for legal professionals on legal writing through the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA), the training arm of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.

Three years ago, I took the lead in holding the 2nd IAFL regional conference in Manila, the second to be held in Asia. The keynote speaker was the  Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, the Honorable Justice Antonio Carpio.

I look forward to being given the chance to share my time and knowledge with the global community of forensic linguists as a member of the IAFL Executive Committee.

Dana Roemling, MA

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Finnish & English Studies from Cologne University (Germany), which I completed with a thesis on the authenticity of suicide notes. I hold a Master of Arts in Linguistics from Duesseldorf University. My thesis was in language and law, focussing on vagueness within statutory interpretation.

I am currently working as a product manager in IT and am studying law part-time at the University of Hagen. Together with Iman Nick I have founded the Germanic Society for Forensic Linguistics in December 2012. I have served as Vice President and webmaster for several years. I have also been in charge of Membership, as well as co-organising the Roundtables, the yearly conference of the GSFL until the end of 2016.

Having found new time to help this field, I would like to get involved with the IAFL more and help out, if I can. I heard there are preparations for a newsletter under way, which sounds like something I could help with, given my experience with the GSFL and my work in IT.

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GSFL 2019 Graz, Austria

University of Graz, Austria, September 5-8, 2019

Germanic Society for Forensic Linguistics

Devoted to the investigation and application of linguistic evidence for social justice.

http://germanicsocietyforensiclinguistics.org/roundtable/

In In keeping with the Society’s commitment to supporting FL/FP in Germanic-speaking nations, the GSFL will be holding its seventh annual conference in Austria.  Both the traditional Roundtable and the Emerging Scholars’ Day will be held from September 5-8 , 2019 in cooperation with the Department of English Studies at the University of Graz, AUSTRIA.  The onsite conference co-organizer is GSFL Executive Council Officer, Dr. Karoline Marko. We look forward to seeing you there!


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17th International Summer School in Forensic Linguistic Analysis

The 17th International Summer School in Forensic Linguistic Analysis (ISSFLA) will take place at Nottingham Trent University, UK between 9th – 13th September 2019.

Founded in 2000 by Professor Malcolm Coulthard, the ISSFLA addresses topics to do with the role, shape and evidential value of language in legal and forensic contexts. 

The Summer School addresses subjects within the broadly defined discipline of forensic linguistics, including the nature of legal language, forensic authorship analysis, linguistic copyright issues, plagiarism and its detection, and legal translation and interpreting.

We work with authentic language data and use real cases to illustrate theory and we opt for maximum participant involvement and encourage critical inquiry and debate.

The Summer School’s first edition took place at Anglia Polytechnic University and has been followed by editions in Birmingham and cities around the world including Barcelona, Kuala Lumpur, Lodz, Mainz, Manila and Porto. 2019 sees the seventeenth edition held at Nottingham Trent University.

This year’s tutors are:

•       Professor Malcolm Coulthard (ISSFLA Founder and Director of Studies)
•       Dr David Wright (host for Nottingham Trent University and Course Director)
•       Dr Krzysztof Kredens (Director of Studies)
•       Professor Tim Grant
•       Dr Nicci MacLeod
•       Dr Samuel Larner

Anyone with an interest in forensic linguistics is welcome, with no formal qualifications necessary. Past participants have come from a range of backgrounds, including: undergraduate and postgraduate students of linguistics and other disciplines, civil servants, police officers, translators, and crime fiction authors.

The summer school gives participants the unique opportunity to interact directly with those responsible for recent developments in the field of language and the law and forensic linguistics. 

For more information about the course and for details on how to book a place, please visit: https://www.ntu.ac.uk/study-and-courses/courses/find-your-course/arts-humanities/short-courses/2018-19/international-summer-school-in-forensic-linguistic-analysis

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Congratulations, Travel Award Recipients!

We would like to congratulate the following postgraduate students on being awarded travel awards to the 14th IAFL Biennial Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 1-5 July 2019.

Dakota Wing – Roger Shuy Travel Award

Kate Steel – Malcolm Coulthard Travel Award

Daniela Schneevogt – M. Teresa Turell Travel Award

Travel bursaries are awarded in recognition of the potential contribution each student’s research brings to the development and promotion of the discipline of Forensic Linguistics.

The awards honor the significant contributions made by Professors Shuy, Coulthard, and Turell to the field of Forensic Linguistics and are designed to support the work of postgraduate students carrying out research in forensic linguistics or language of the law.

We wish you a successful conference!

–The IAFL Executive Committee

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Nominations for the IAFL Executive Committee

The IAFL General Business Meeting (GBM) will be held during the IAFL 14th Biennial Conference in Melbourne, Australia on Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019 1.30-2.30pm.

The IAFL  governing body is an Executive Committee consisting of seven members: the President, the Vice President, Secretary, Publicity Officer, Treasurer, and two Ordinary Members. Each officer serves for 2 years while Ordinary Members serve for 4 years.

Current members of the Executive Committee are:

  • President – Prof. Georgina Heydon (retiring, to become Immediate Past President)
  • Vice President – Prof. Janet Ainsworth (becomes President)
  • Secretary – Dr Isabel Picornell (retiring)
  • Publicity Officer – Dr Tammy Gales (retiring)
  • Treasurer – Dr Krzysztof Kredens (retiring)
  • Ordinary Members: Dr Jennifer Glougie (retiring), Dr Janny Leung (continuing)

The purpose of this notice is to invite nominations for the posts of: Vice-President, Secretary, Publicity Officer, Treasurer, and one Ordinary Member.

The IAFL Executive Committee is pleased to announce its nominations for the 2019-2021 Executive Committee:

  • Vice-President -Dr Isabel Picornell (QED Limited, Channel Islands)
  • Secretary – Dr Tammy Gales (Hofstra University, USA)
  • Publicity Officer – Dr Rui Sousa-Silva (Universidade do Porto, Portugal)
  • Treasurer – Dr Ria Perkins (CFL, Aston University, UK)
  • Ordinary Member – Prof. Marilu Madrunio (University of Santo Tomas, Philippines)

The above candidates have been vetted and found to be eligible and willing to undertake the duties of their nominated positions.

In accordance with the Constitution, additional applications for any of the above executive positions are being accepted.

Please note:

  1. All nominations will be given equal consideration by the membership at the GBM.
  2. There is no pro-forma. Nominations should simply state clearly who is nominated. Self-nomination is permissible. The Constitution makes no stipulation as to seconding nominations.
  3. Nominations must be accompanied by a simple, brief, and factual CV and a statement outlining the nominee’s suitability for the post, to be read out at the GBM.
  4. Nominees need not be present at the GBM. If nominees are absent, their statement may be read out on their behalf.
  5. Nominees must be members in good standing of IAFL i.e. individual members of the IAFL.

Nominations may be emailed to the IAFL Secretary isabel(at)qedforensics(dot)com by 1st July 2019 or may be presented from the floor of the General Business Meeting on 3rd July 2019.

IAFL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ROLES & OBLIGATIONS

IAFL Secretary

  1. Association Matters
  • Ensure meetings are effectively organised and minuted.
  • Maintain effective records and administration.
  • Organise and manage the General Business Meeting (GBM) at Biennial conferences.
  1. Data Protection
  • Uphold legal Data Protection requirements. The IAFL Secretary will be the Data Processor for purposes of Data Protection regulation.
  1. Membership & Members
  • Maintain membership records in accordance with Data Protection regulations and manage all membership payment issues in conjunction with the Treasurer.
  • Liaise with publishers of the International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law and organise members’ access to the Journal.
  • Maintain the IAFL website in conjunction with the Publicity Officer and website technical manager.

IAFL Publicity Officer

  1. IAFL website postings
  • Post conference announcements, news, and related events
  1. Social media postings
  • Manage and post regular news, events, etc. on Twitter and LinkedIn. Adding Facebook, Instagram, other social media sites per discussion with the EC.
  1. FL-list postings
  • Post announcements, news, events to the FL-Listserve 
  1. Newsletter coordination
  • Duties pending discussion
  1. Linguistics/Language and Law Conference PR
  • When feasible, represent IAFL at related linguistics and/or language and law conferences

IAFL Treasurer

For banking purposes, the IAFL Treasurer must be resident in the United Kingdom.

  1. Maintain the Association accounts. Ensure that important financial records are maintained in the proper locations and for the appropriate length of time.
  2. Report to the Executive Committee annually on the state of the IAFL’s accounts, and to the membership at the GBM during the Biennial Conference.
  3. Ensure that the Association works with a certified public accountant and conducts an audit of accounts.

Ordinary Member

  1. To attend regular (Skype) meetings as organised by the President.
  2. To actively contribute to the IAFL’s affairs and take on specific responsibilities to forward the aims and objectives of the Association.
  3. To contribute to and respond in a timely manner to IAFL communications on a range of issues.
  4. To act as an Ambassador for the IAFL by promoting membership, forensic linguistics, and the aims and objectives of the Association.

All Executive Committee Members are obliged to:

  • Put the interests of the organisation at the foremost in their deliberations as EC members
  • Use reasonable care, skill, and diligence in the performance of their duties
  • Be honest, act in good faith and do not use their role or information obtained as an EC member dishonestly
  • Be aware of their responsibilities under the relevant legislation and case law
  • Disclose any potential conflict of interest by acknowledging likely conflicts and withdrawing from any related discussion or decisions
  • Refraining from gaining personally from being an EC member
  • Refraining from divulging any confidential information outside of the appropriate forum.

EC Members should carry out the following duties:

Governance

  • Understand how the Association works.
  • Keep up to date by reading the minutes, reports and any other necessary meeting papers.
  • Regularly attend EC meetings.
  • Be familiar with the Association’s constitution, including the specific roles and responsibilities of the EC outlined within it.
  • Approve relevant documents, including documents related to the Association’s finances.
  • Ensure the Association’s compliance with funding agreements, policies, legislation and regulations.
  • Manage the organisation’s risk (i.e. minimise the impact of potential barriers preventing the organisation from achieving its objectives efficiently and effectively).
  • Be active in planning for the future direction of the Association.
  • Take responsibility for particular areas of work, perhaps through involvement in sub-committees.
  • Ensure that new committee members are aware of their statutory obligations and responsibilities to the Association.
  • Try to be as active as possible in EC decision making.

Public representation

  • Be supportive of the Association in the eyes of the public.
  • Regularly attend the Association’s events and represent the Association at outside functions.
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Announcement: The Fourth Annual International Conference on Languages, Linguistics, Translation and Literature

Date: 1-2 February 2020
Venue: Ahwaz, Iran
Website: WWW.LLLD.IR

General Description:
The Fourth Annual International Conference on Languages, Linguistics, Translation and Literature is organized by different universities and research centers.

The conference will be dedicated to current issues of linguistics, languages, dialects, literature and translation.

Academics and university lecturers are cordially invited to present their research regarding current issues of linguistics, languages, dialects, literature and translation in English, Arabic or Persian.

The selective full papers of the conference will be published as the book of conference and also will be indexed in CIVILICA (however, the book of abstracts will be published too).

Optional Services for Presenters (If they wish to use)
A) Free Accommodation: ((1) Accommodation will be for six nights (from 31st January (Check-in) up to 6th February 2020(Check-out)); (2) Two participants will stay in each room; (3) Accommodation will be in a hotel.
B) Free Food: For six days (during 31st January, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th February 2020), all meals will be free.
C) Free Tour: Three day tour including visiting historical places, cultural activities and living with local people in Khouzestan province– from evening of 2nd February up to morning of 6th February, 2020, will be free.
D) Free Transportation: All transportations from Ahwaz airport to the accommodation place, to the conference venue and vice versa will be free.
E) Other Notable Free Services.