Project Events

Conference “Approaches to Migration, Language and Identity”, 4-6 May 2017 (Université de Lausanne)

The international conference Approaches to migration, language and identity, which will be held at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) from 4-6 May 2017, aims to bring together scholars working on any aspect of migration, language, and identity. This three-day conference offers a forum for researchers working in the fields of politics, geosciences, linguistics, anthropology, economics, sociology, social (economic, legal) history and more to gather together and exchange ideas. Both synchronic and diachronic approaches are welcome.

The conference is motivated by the increasing awareness of the importance of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of migration as well as its implications on language, culture, and identity. As such, we want to facilitate a discussion about how issues related to language, migration, and identity impact people’s lives.

We are pleased to welcome the following scholars as plenary speakers for our conference:

  • Ofélia Garcia, Professor of Urban Education and of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages, Graduate Center of the City University of New York
  • Li Wei, Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Institute of Education, University College London
  • Ben Rogaly, Professor of Human Geography, University of Sussex
  • Naomi Tadmor, Professor of History, Lancaster University

Conference Website:

“Big data and bad data” workshop registration now open

Registration and call for papers


We are delighted to announce that the registration for the workshop “Big data and bad data: challenges of quantitative and qualitative research methods in linguistics” is now open!

This international workshop will be held at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) on 2-3 September 2016.

The workshop will focus on the empirical basis of linguistic research, particularly on quantitative and qualitative research methods based on empirical data, including the challenges, advantages, shortcomings, complementary value, etc. of a variety of methods for the (theoretical) interpretation of the data. Selected questions that will be addressed during this workshop are as follows: 1. How have recent developments in digital humanities (e.g. large scale digitization of hitherto unknown manuscript material (diachronic) or social media data (synchronic)) affected the way in which we approach data from a linguistic perspective? More specifically, do these developments introduce bad data challenges and/or resolve existing bad data problems? 2. How and in what way could the ‘Big Data’ approach have an effect on our interpretations of language variation and change, and also the role of language standards? 3. What impact will the latter approach have on existing theoretical frameworks? For instance, will it lead to revisions of frameworks such as the social network theory and community of practice, which are used to interpret historical and contemporary data? This workshop is primarily aimed at postgraduate students working in the field of language variation and change (past and present) of any language, but it may be of interest to doctoral students in other fields of linguistics as well.

You can register via CUSO (a Swiss doctoral programme in English language and literature) at[showUid]=2834 (you do not need to be a member of CUSO to register here), or you can send an e-mail to

The workshop, which will be held at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, is aimed at postgraduate students as well as everybody else interested, particularly those working in the field of language variation and change (past and present) of any language.

Call for papers:

Postgraduate students are invited to give a 20-minute talk on an aspect of their research, which can range from a fully-fledged paper to a work-in-progress.

The plenary speakers are Prof. Susan Fitzmaurice (University of Sheffield), Prof. Alexander Bergs (University of Osnabrück) and Prof. Daniel Schreier (University of Zürich).

Programme available for the Urbanisation in the British Isles Symposium, 22-23 April 2016

We are happy to announce that the programme for the International Symposium Urbanisation in the British Isles: A Historical and Interdisciplinary Perspective is now available on the conference website:

International Symposium: “Urbanisation in the British Isles: a historical and interdisciplinary perspective” (University of Lausanne, 22-23 April 2016)

The next event linked to our project that will be organised at the University of Lausanne is the following:

An International Symposium “Urbanisation in the British Isles: a historical and interdisciplinary perspective”, to be held on 22-23 April 2016 at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland).

Details regarding this event, notably call for papers, confirmed plenary speakers, etc. can be found on the conference website.

New Event: International Interdisciplinary workshop to be held at the University of Lausanne from 7-8 September 2015

We are co-organising an international workshop on “Interdisciplinary perspectives on the North of England in the later Middle Ages”, to be held at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) from 7-8 September 2015, with the SNSF Project ‘Late Medieval Religiosity in England: The Evidence of Late Fourteenth and Fifteenth Century Devotional Compilations’ (Principal Investigator Prof. Denis Renevey).

Details regarding programme and registration can be found on the workshop website.