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IAFLL Porto 2022 – Student Bursaries

IAFLL Porto 2022 – Student Bursaries

A reminder that the IAFLL will award five bursaries to students whose abstracts were accepted for presentation at the 4th European Conference of the IAFLL in Porto, July 2022. Each bursary will be funded up to 400 Euros. Applicants should email the IAFLL Secretary, Dr Nicci MacLeod: n.macleod5@aston.ac.uk, with their name and affiliation, proof of their student status and a brief statement (up to 250 words) explaining why their application is worth being funded. Please DO NOT attach a copy of the abstract or the title of your presentation at this stage. The deadline to apply for a student bursary is 23rd May 2022, and winners will be notified by the 30th May in time to register at the Early Bird rate.

On behalf of the IAFLL Executive Committee

David Wright, Communications Officer

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IAFLL News Briefing – April 2022

IAFLL News Briefing – April 2022

Hello to members of our community.

The first job of this briefing is to repeat IAFLL’s strong condemnation of Russia’s ongoing military invasion of Ukraine and to reiterate our support and solidarity with the Ukrainian people. In March the Association published its official statement on the war, which can be found here.

January saw the sad passing of Janet Cotterill. Janet is a former president of IAFLL (2007-2009) and an important part of a generation of forensic linguists who paved the way for the future of the field.  Janet’s work has left an indelible mark on our discipline, and her research on the language of sexual crime, courtroom discourse and the O.J. Simpson trial are seminal contributions to forensic linguistics. She will be greatly missed by our community.

Elsewhere, in January it was announced that the 16th Biennial IAFLL conference will be hosted by the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines between 4-6 July 2023. The conference is being planned as an in-person event. However, the hosts are preparing an alternative online/hybrid version as a COVID contingency. The IAFLL Executive Committee are extremely excited to have the conference take place in the Philippines and the new presenters and audiences this will bring.

Before that, we have the 4th European Conference of the International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguistics (IAFLL) taking place in Porto from 18-21 July 2022. The theme of the conference is ‘Rigour and Transparency in Forensic Linguistics’. The deadline for the second call for abstracts was in March and those abstracts are in the process of being reviewed, with decisions in due course. This conference will be the first face-to-face meeting of the IAFLL since July 2019 in Melbourne, and we are looking forward to a fantastic occasion, seeing each other again and meeting new members for the first time.

We recently announced that IAFLL are offering members discounted access to expert witness online training delivered by Bond Solon, a leading provider of expert witness training in the UK. There are training courses available in ‘Excellence in Report Writing’ and ‘Courtroom Skills’. Each course covers two consecutive half days at times that try to accommodate different time zones and allow members from around the world to take part:

  • Excellence in Report Writing – 21 & 22 June, 9.30am – 12.45pm (UK time)
  • Courtroom Skills – 26 & 27 September, 9.30am – 12.45pm (UK time)

Although some information will be specific to the UK, training will focus on jurisdiction-neutral best practice, making these sessions beneficial to practitioners across the world. For more information about the training, please see here.

This is also a reminder of some of the various events and publications that will be relevant to our membership. The Aston Institute for Forensic Linguists continues to host their weekly online research seminar series on Thursdays. In addition, the Institute is hosting a Forensic Data Science workshop on 5 July and its AIFL Showcase Symposium on 6 July. For details on these events, visit the Institute’s webpages. The Germanic Society for Forensic Linguistics (GSFL) also hosts a regular online seminar series. To keep up to date with announcements on the series, follow the GSFL on Twitter. In terms of journals, Language and Law / Linguagem e Direito have recently announced a call for papers for a special issue on ‘Law-in-(inter)action: communicative practices in legal settings’ and you can see the announcement here. Finally, recently a new forensic linguistics journal has been launched – Journal of Indonesian Community for Forensic Linguistics, for which a number of IAFLL members are on the Editorial Board.

We really want to hear forensic linguistic related news from our members across the world on events, publications or other activities and developments. If you are an IAFLL member and have some news you would like to have included in these News Briefings and/or shared on the IAFLL website, please email David Wright at communications@iafl.org.

On behalf of the IAFLL Executive Committee

David Wright, Communications Officer

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Virtual Expert Witness Training for IAFLL Members

IAFLL are offering members discounted access to expert witness training delivered by Bond Solon, a leading provider of expert witness training in the UK. These virtual training courses are held on Zoom, and the cost to IAFLL members represents a saving of nearly £200.00 on Bond Solon’s normal price for public courses.

Three different courses are available: ‘Excellence in Report Writing’, ‘Courtroom Skills’ and ‘Cross- Examination Day’. Although some information will be specific to the UK, training will focus on jurisdiction-neutral best practice, suitable for IAFLL members anywhere in the World.

By way of introduction to Bond Solon and their approach, you can watch a short video they have produced on ‘Becoming an Expert Witness.’ It is presented by one of their barrister trainers and explores (amongst other topics): duties and responsibilities of an expert, when is it appropriate for one to become an expert, and how does one find work in this area.

Details of each of the courses and how to sign up are below.

Excellence in Report Writing

The course covers two half days:

  • 21 June 2022 9.30am – 12.45pm (UK time)
  • 22 June 2022 09.30am – 12.45pm (UK time)

£240 pp. maximum 16 delegates

An expert witness’s report is a vital element in litigation. It must be clear, succinct, independent, and well presented.

This course explores what lawyers and the courts expect and require from expert witness reports and provides expert witnesses with the key skills to produce court compliant reports. Experts will learn how to produce quickly and consistently reports that are both court compliant and will withstand cross-examination.

Key Learning Points

  • Identifying the issues to be addressed in your report
  • Using a structured approach to preparation and writing
  • Expressing an independent view and arguing your conclusion
  • Handling supporting information
  • Developing an objective and critical eye in relation to your report
  • Insulating your report against cross-examination

Courtroom Skills

The course covers two half days:

  • 26 September 2022 9.30am – 12.45pm (UK time)
  • 27 September 2022 09.30am – 12.45pm (UK time)

£240 pp. maximum 16 delegates of which only 8 will be cross-examined.

However, the other delegates will benefit from observing the cross-examination and feedback of others.

The Witness Box is a lonely place. Many expert witnesses feel they are on trial, standing in the dock instead of giving independent testimony to assist the court. Often, experts are unfamiliar with the environment as few cases go to the full trial. But a poor performance can undermine confidence and credibility.

This course will provide expert witnesses with the core skills to effectively present opinion-based-evidence in court under cross-examination. It is an intensive and highly practical training day. First, we examine the theory, practice and procedure of giving evidence, demystifying the process. Then you are cross-examined on a case study that you prepare in your field of expertise. A professional trainer, who is an experienced lawyer, gives constructive feedback on your witness box presentation.

Key Learning Points

  • Understanding your role as an independent educator of the court
  • Identifying key skills of presenting effective evidence in-person or remotely
  • Determining techniques lawyers use in cross-examination and how to handle them, including how this may differ with remote hearings.
  • Expressing an opinion based on the foundation of fact.
  • Learning how to give confident, clear testimony under cross-examination in-person or remotely

Cross-Examination Day

(**Potential Additional Course – This course will be provided if sufficient interest is expressed**)

A follow on to the Excellence in Report Writing and Courtroom Skills Training, this intensive cross-examination training helps you as an expert to refine and enhance your performance, and to gain mastery of your presentation.

You will be expected to write a full report based on what you have learned from the Excellence in report Writing course and submit it. You will then be cross-examined on your completed report, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. The second cross-examination is recorded.

Key Learning Points

  • Dealing with in-depth cross examination on a full report.
  • Making full use of supporting documents, plans, photographs etc.
  • Getting to the essence of a complex case and communicating clearly with the judge.
  • Handling difficult cross-examination techniques confidently.

 

To book your place on one or more of these courses, click here.

 

IAFLL Executive Committee

 

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IAFLL statement on Ukraine

The Executive Committee of the International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguistics strongly condemns President Putin’s unprovoked military invasion of Ukraine. Despite international pleas for Russia to cease their hostilities, Russia’s indiscriminate bombardment and shelling of Ukraine continues to cause loss of innocent lives and the massive destruction of civilian infrastructure. We stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and raise our voice as a part of the international chorus of condemnation of this invasion and urge its immediate end.

As an organization specifically dedicated to the centrality of language to justice, we further deplore the Russian government’s recent enactment of a law that provides prison sentences for up to 15 years simply for speaking or writing anything that contradicts the Russian government’s official version of events in Ukraine. To silence the voices of the Russian people in whose name this invasion is ostensibly being carried out is yet another violation by the Russian government of basic principles of human rights.

Watching the immense suffering of the Ukrainian people under this invasion, we may feel helpless to do something. But this is not so. We can join the international community in speaking out forcefully to add our voices to the chorus of protest.  We also can take individual and collective action to address the suffering of the population of Ukraine, both within their nation and in countries that have welcomed refugees from the invasion. At the bottom of this statement, we have provided links to international organizations with longstanding records of successfully delivering humanitarian aid to those affected by or fleeing from war, violence, and natural disasters. They are all currently delivering medical aid, food, and emergency shelter to Ukrainian victims of this invasion both within Ukraine’s borders and to those sheltering as refugees in neighboring states. Tragically, war and violence throughout the world have created the largest number of displaced persons and refugees in human history—now over 80 million people. Contributing to these international organizations that provide desperately needed relief to victims of war, violence, and environmental catastrophe around the world is one concrete act that we can take to relieve the suffering both of our Ukrainian brothers and sisters and to our brothers and sisters worldwide.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (coordinating efforts of national Red Cross and Red Crescent chapters to provide refugee relief)

UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund, targeting relief to children impacted by war, displacement, and violence)

Doctors without Borders (providing direct medical care and medical relief supplies)

The International Rescue Committee (providing refugee aid and support)

CARE (providing resources for emergency food, medical care, and shelter in more than 100 countries)

All of these agencies are highly rated by Charity Navigator which assesses charities for transparency, logistical effectiveness, and in ensuring that the highest possible amount from donations go directly to help those in need.

We join in solidarity with those worldwide urging an immediate end to the bloodshed and destruction in Ukraine and to the promotion of peace and stability throughout the world.

IAFLL Executive Committee

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2nd Call for Papers: 4th European Conference of the International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguistics – Porto, Portugal, July 18-21, 2022

2nd Call for Papers – deadline: 12 March 2022

The University of Porto, in Portugal, will host the 4th European Conference of the International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguistics (IAFLL) on the theme of ‘Rigour and Transparency in Forensic Linguistics’. The conference, which is organised by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, aims to engage the participants in the debate of rigour and transparency in Forensic Linguistics, and will be held from 18 to 21 July 2022.


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Abstract submissions are invited for INDIVIDUAL PAPERS, POSTERS and COLLOQUIA, in English or in Portuguese. All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference.

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INDIVIDUAL PAPERS: Individual papers are invited for presentations of 20 minutes, with a further 10 minutes for questions. Abstracts of no more than 300 words, including references, should be sent via the submissions page (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iafllporto2022) by 12 March 2022. Please do not include your name, affiliation and email address in the abstract itself.  Acceptance of proposals may be limited to one paper per presenter if more than one proposal is submitted by the same author(s). Notifications of acceptance will be communicated by 7 April 2022

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POSTERS: Proposals for posters of no more than 300 words, including references, should be sent via the submissions page (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iafllporto2022) by 12 March 2022. Posters, which will be on display during the conference, should be of A0 size (841mm x 1189mm) in portrait orientation. Notifications of acceptance will be communicated by 31 March 2022. Notifications of acceptance will be communicated by 7 April 2022.

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Submissions are invited for work dealing with forensic linguistics / language and the law including, but not limited to:

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Legal Languages:

  • The history of legal languages
  • The role of literacy in legal languages
  • Legal genres
  • Critical approaches to legal languages
  • Language education for law professionals

Legal Discourse:

  • Courtroom, police and prison discourse
  • Investigative interviewing
  • Multilingual matters in legal contexts
  • Power and the law
  • The comprehensibility of legal documents
  • Interviews with vulnerable witnesses in the legal system

Language minorities and the legal system:

  • Linguistic disadvantage before the law
  • Courtroom interpreting and translation
  • Human Rights matters

Law on language:

  • Language policy and linguistic rights
  • Offensive language and hate speech
  • The linguist as expert witness

Linguistic evidence and investigative linguistics:

  • Forensic phonetics and speaker identification
  • Forensic stylistics
  • Linguistic determination of nationality
  • Authorship analysis
  • Plagiarism detection and analysis
  • Trademark disputes
  • Consumer product warnings
  • Deception and fraud

Other Related Sub-Themes:

  • Computational Forensic Linguistics
  • Cybercrime
  • Online identities and interactive multimodal communication
  • Multimodal approaches to forensic linguistics
  • Intercultural mediation
  • Comparative law
  • Forensic communication
  • Ethics and deontology in Forensic Linguistics

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Official language: The official language of the conference is English. However, there will be a special track in Portuguese. To participate in this special track, please submit your abstract in Portuguese.

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Venue: The conference will be held in Porto (Portugal), at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto. The Organising Committee is planning a live event so at this moment online attendance is not planned.

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COVID-19: The Conference, considering the state of the pandemic in Portugal at the moment, will be hosted live. No hybrid/online alternatives are planned at this stage, so only live attendance will be allowed. We may need to limit the number of participants if the context of the pandemic so requires.

Keynote speakers will be announced soon.

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Contact: All questions about submissions should be emailed to forensic.linguistics@letras.up.pt.

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16th Biennial IAFLL conference to be hosted by the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines in 2023

The IAFLL Executive Committee has voted unanimously for the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines to host the 16th Biennial Conference of the International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguistics.

The conference will take place between 4 – 6 July 2023. The conference is being planned as an in-person event. However, the hosts are preparing an alternative online/hybrid version of the conference in parallel, should the global circumstances at the time prevent a (fully) in person meeting. More information regarding theme, Call for Papers, registration, travel and accommodation arrangements will be published in due course.

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On behalf of the IAFLL Executive Committee

David Wright, Communications Officer

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IAFLL News Briefing – December 2021

This news briefing is the first since a very busy few months of change for our Association, including the election of a new Executive Committee. We are now led by the new President of the association Isabel Picornell. The elections also saw Jennifer Glougie become Vice-President, Nicci MacLeod become Secretary, Sheila Queralt become Treasurer and David Wright become Communications Officer. These officers are joined on the committee by Members at Large Marilu Madrunio, Andrea Nini and Dana Roemling. The new Executive Committee would like thank Janet Ainsworth as outgoing President (and now non-voting member of the committee) and the rest of the team for their tireless work for the association and the forensic linguistic community more widely, and for leaving the incoming committee in an excellent position going forwards.

In September the membership voted on two important issues. First, a vote passed on changing the name of the association to the ‘International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguistics’ (IAFLL). Also, the membership voted to update the IAFLL Constitution for the first time since 2005. These votes ushered in a new era for balloting the membership of our association. It was the first time in the history of the association that all members from across the world were able to vote online without having to attend the IAFLL biennial conference. We are thankful to the previous Executive Committee for setting up the infrastructure to facilitate this, and we are delighted with such a high turnout on votes across all issues.

September also saw the 15th Biennial Conference of the IAFLL organised and hosted online by the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics (AIFL) at Aston University. The organising team at Aston deserve high praise for pivoting the conference to an online platform from what was originally planned as a face-to-face event. The conference was a huge success, with over 110 talks by speakers from some 26 countries worldwide. The event saw the unveiling of the Aston Institute’s Forensic Linguistic Databank (FoLD), which is sure to be an important development for the discipline. At the same time, Tim Grant and Tammy Gales announced their Cambridge University Press book series Elements in Forensic Linguistics which provides a new dedicated outlet for the publication of forensic linguistic work.

Continuing with the theme of conferences, the University of Porto have recently announced their first Call for Papers for the 2022 Conference of the IAFLL on the theme of ‘Rigour and Transparency in Forensic Linguistics’. Meanwhile, one of the first jobs for the new Executive Committee was to publish a Call for Bids to host the 2023 and 2025 biennial IAFLL conferences. The deadline for proposals was on 1 December and the committee are now evaluating the bids they have received.

To end, we would like to thank all of our members for all of their dedicated and committed hard work in teaching, researching and practising forensic linguistics over 2021, in what proved to be a period of continued challenge, uncertainty and change. We send all of our best wishes to our members for what is left of 2021 and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

On behalf of the IAFLL Executive Committee

David Wright, Communications Officer

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Call for papers: 2022 Conference of the International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguistics – Porto, Portugal, July 18-21, 2022

Call for Papers: IAFLL Porto 2022

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2022 Conference of the International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguistics. On the theme of ‘Rigour and Transparency in Forensic Linguistics’

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The University of Porto, in Portugal, will host the 2022 Conference of the International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguistics (IAFLL) on the theme of ‘Rigour and Transparency in Forensic Linguistics’. The conference, which is organised by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, aims to engage the participants in the debate of rigour and transparency in Forensic Linguistics, and will be held from 18 to 21 July 2022.

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Submission Guidelines
Abstract submissions are invited for INDIVIDUAL PAPERS, POSTERS and COLLOQUIA, in English or in Portuguese. All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference.

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INDIVIDUAL PAPERS: Individual papers are invited for presentations of 20 minutes, with a further 10 minutes for questions. Abstracts of no more than 300 words, including references, should be sent via the submissions page (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iafllporto2022) by 15 December 2021 (to be considered in the first call). Please do not include your name, affiliation and email address in the abstract itself. Notifications of acceptance of the first call for papers will be communicated by 15 January 2022. Acceptance of proposals may be limited to one paper per presenter if more than one proposal is submitted by the same author(s).

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POSTERS: Proposals for posters of no more than 300 words, including references, should be sent via the submissions page (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iafllporto2022) by 28 February 2022. Posters, which will be on display during the conference, should be of A0 size (841mm x 1189mm) in portrait orientation. Notifications of acceptance will be communicated by 31 March 2022.

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Submissions are invited for work dealing with forensic linguistics / language and the law including, but not limited to:

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Legal Languages:

  • The history of legal languages
  • The role of literacy in legal languages
  • Legal genres
  • Critical approaches to legal languages
  • Language education for law professionals

Legal Discourse:

  • Courtroom, police and prison discourse
  • Investigative interviewing
  • Multilingual matters in legal contexts
  • Power and the law
  • The comprehensibility of legal documents
  • Interviews with vulnerable witnesses in the legal system

Language minorities and the legal system:

  • Linguistic disadvantage before the law
  • Courtroom interpreting and translation
  • Human Rights matters

Law on language:

  • Language policy and linguistic rights
  • Offensive language and hate speech
  • The linguist as expert witness

Linguistic evidence and investigative linguistics:

  • Forensic phonetics and speaker identification
  • Forensic stylistics
  • Linguistic determination of nationality
  • Authorship analysis
  • Plagiarism detection and analysis
  • Trademark disputes
  • Consumer product warnings
  • Deception and fraud

Other Related Sub-Themes:

  • Computational Forensic Linguistics
  • Cybercrime
  • Online identities and interactive multimodal communication
  • Multimodal approaches to forensic linguistics
  • Intercultural mediation
  • Comparative law
  • Forensic communication
  • Ethics and deontology in Forensic Linguistics

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Official language: The official language of the 2022 Conference of the International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguistics on the theme of Rigour and Transparency in Forensic Linguistics is English. However, there will be a special track in Portuguese. To participate in this special track, please submit your abstract in Portuguese.

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Venue: The conference will be held in Porto (Portugal), at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto. The Organising Committee is planning a live event so at this moment online attendance is not planned.

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COVID-19: The 2022 Conference, considering the state of the pandemic in Portugal at the moment, will be hosted live. No hybrid/online alternatives are planned at this stage, so only live attendance will be allowed. We may need to limit the number of participants if the context of the pandemic so requires.

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Contact: All questions about submissions should be emailed to forensic.linguistics@letras.up.pt.

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Call for Bids: Biennial Conferences in 2023 & 2025

Call for Bids: Biennial Conferences in 2023 & 2025

The IAFLL Executive Committee solicits proposals from members who wish to host the next biennial conference in 2023. We are also seeking preliminary proposals or inquiries about the 2025 meeting from members who may be keen to host but will not be ready for 2023. Proposals should be emailed by 1st December 2021 to Isabel Picornell (President@iafl.org) and Nicci MacLeod (Secretary@iafl.org). 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. IAFLL 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 IAFLL 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, IAFLL 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.

On behalf of the IAFL EC
David Wright, Communications Officer

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Call for Book Chapter proposals

Language, Crime and Courts in Contemporary Africa and Beyond

Editors: Russell H. Kaschula, Monwabisi K. Ralarala (University of the Western Cape, South Africa) & Georgina Heydon (RMIT University, Australia) 

Book Series Title: Studies in Forensic Linguistics


Goal of the series 

The role of language in the legal process of establishing a just society cannot be over- emphasised, particularly in a multilingual and multicultural African context. By means of case studies, as well as through empirical research, the series therefore intends to explore issues of relevance in forensic linguistics and in language and the law. It also intends to discuss the various theoretical frameworks and methodological choices and their applicability in a variety of contexts, the benefits associated with these works, as well as the challenges that may be encountered. 

Scholars and researchers are invited to submit book chapter proposals for Volume III of the series ‘Language, Crime and Courts in Contemporary Africa and Beyond’ by 17th September 2021. In your submission of up to 1,000 words, explain your thesis and the relevance of your proposal to Volume III of the series. Your proposal should include a brief outline of your chapter (including your abstract, brief introduction, methodological and theoretical choices, as well as references). Your proposal submission should also include your name, title, institution, email address, phone number, and a brief bio (not more than 150 words).
Proposals of 1,000 words (in a WORD doc) should be submitted by 17th September 2021 and directed to: Ms Buhle Sondwana: forensicling@uwc.ac.za 

Schedule: 
September, Friday, 17th 2021 – Deadline for submission of book chapter proposals October,
Friday, 1st 2021 – Inform selected authors February,
Tuesday, 1st 2022 – Authors submit book chapters and review process begins 
May, Tuesday, 31st 2022 – Feedback on reviews and begin reworking 
June, Thursday, 30th 2022 – Submit reworked papers 
July, 31st 2022 – Submit manuscripts to AFRICAN SUN MeDIA for holistic review and final check 
September, 30th 2022 – revised manuscripts submitted to Production Editor 
Publication date: October 2022 

For more information, please contact Russell Kaschula , Monwabisi K. RalaralaGeorgina Heydon