Call for Papers – Graduate session

Lavender Languages & Linguistics Conference 28

Università degli Studi di Catania, 2325 May 2022

Call for papers: Student work-in-progress session


Session summary

This session allows Masters and Doctoral students as well as advanced undergraduate students to discuss their research and academic plans with colleagues in a supportive forum. It is intended as an opportunity for students to receive constructive feedback which might inform their future research.


Who is this aimed at?

Presenters must currently be, or be planning to become, a graduate student working on a topic relevant to the Lavender Languages and Linguistics conference. This session is not intended for those ready to discuss projects that are near completion; those with data and some initial analysis should propose via the main conference stream (i.e. as a regular paper).

Presenters in this session may have recently determined their research questions and objectives but not yet decided on their methodology. Others may not yet have established their research questions or approach but know broadly what they want to do and how it will fill a gap in the field. Some may have begun to collect their data but will not have not yet explored it systematically.

Students in these situations will benefit from sharing their ideas with others, hearing about different approaches, and offering feedback to others. Though slots are limited to students only, established scholars in will also be present in the audience to share their thoughts and advice.

Please note that due to high demand for this session, abstracts cannot be accepted from speakers who are also intending to submit a regular paper to the conference. Abstracts can also not be accepted from students who have presented in previous years.


How will it work?

Presenters will have 5 minutes to share their work-in-progress: there will not be time to lay out the theoretical background in detail or go into any specifics. Instead, the aim is to offer brief highlights of a project’s aims, the approach that might be/is being taken, and any very preliminary findings or observations. Presenters are welcome to use slides/visual aids, but this is not a pre-requisite of participation in the session. Each presentation will be followed by a 5-minute informal discussion session with the audience.

If you would like to present your research ideas, please email Lucy Jones at by 1 March 2022 with a Word document containing the following:

  • Your project’s working title
  • Your name, email address, the university where you are a graduate student, name of degree and program as well as your current year of study (1st year, 3rd year, etc.)
  • A 150-word (max.) abstract detailing:
    • The intended aims and objectives of your project
    • Your likely/actual methodological approach
    • The likely stage of your research by the time of the conference (e.g. if you will be establishing your methodology, beginning data collection, starting your analysis, etc.)



Participation will be confirmed by email by the end of March 2022.