LISO Conferences & Symposia

Current/Upcoming Conferences & Symposia

Current Conference:

The Language, Interaction, and Social Organization GSO at UCSB (LISO) and the Center for Language, Interaction, and Culture GSA at UCLA (CLIC) are pleased to host:

The 25th Annual Conference on Language, Interaction, and Social Organization

May 17-18, 2019
University of California, Santa Barbara


Theme: “Disrupt and Advance”

The LISO conference promotes interdisciplinary research and discussion in the analysis of naturally occurring human interaction. Papers will be presented by national and international scholars on a variety of topics in the study of language, interaction, and culture.

This year’s conference theme is “Disrupt and Advance.” We understand ‘disrupt’ broadly as actions or ideas that intervene in or challenge the established theoretical, institutional, or narrative frame. The emphasis on disruption is an intentional examination of disciplinary constraints. By including ‘advance’ we hope to encourage submissions that operationalize critique into praxis. We welcome papers that engage in a critique of disciplinary conventions or somehow broaden the scope of (inter)disciplinary research, presenting innovative models for paths forward.

We seek proposals for 20-minute paper presentations which address the conference theme as they relate to any of the following topics (see list below). ?While submissions based on the conference theme will be particularly welcome, innovative work on all aspects of language and interaction will be considered.

Presentations related to the conference theme may include but are not limited to:

  • Cross-disciplinary perspectives
  • Ethics and research
  • Language acquisition
  • Language and class, (dis)ability, race/ethnicity, gender/sexuality and age
  • Language and education
  • Language and media
  • Language policy and practice
  • Meta-commentary on disciplinary frameworks
  • Multilingualism and cross-/intercultural communication
  • Non-dominant epistemologies
  • Political discourse, discussions of power
  • Politically-engaged scholarship

Although submissions based on the conference theme will be particularly welcome, innovative work on all aspects of language and interaction will be considered.

We welcome abstracts from undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty working in the areas of Anthropology, Applied Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Communication, Digital Humanities, Education, Ethnic Studies, Feminist Studies, Internet Studies, Literacy Studies, Linguistics, Psychology, and Sociology.


Please send your abstract (up to 300 words) by January 7, 2019, to the LISO Coordinating Committee at Late submissions will not be accepted. Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance will be sent via email in February 2019.

Author information, affiliation, and contact information should be submitted in the body of the email only with abstract attachments made completely anonymous.

Please include the title of your presentation in your abstract document. Abstracts must be submitted in .doc, .docx, or .pdf, format only. Abstracts must be no more than 300 words long and should not include the author's name or any other identifying information.

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Past Conferences & Symposium

Past CLIC/LISO Conferences

CLIC and CLIC Graduate Student Association have been hosting interdisciplinary conferences on language, interaction, and culture at UCLA since 1995. Several years after the CLIC conference had become an annual event, a collaborative partnership between CLIC GSA at UCLA and the LISO graduate students at UCSB was initiated, and in 1999 UCSB hosted the CLIC/LISO conference for the first time. Since then, the two campuses of the University of California have traded off holding the conference each year. Below you'll find the programs and schedules of many of our previous gatherings. 


Past LISO Symposia

In 2005, the LISO faculty began hosting a one-day symposium on the Sunday following the CLIC-LISO Conference in those years UCSB hosts the event.