Conference Details

Conference On Mediterranean And European Linguistic Anthropology 2020

  • Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Conference
  • Sep 2, 2020 - Sep 5, 2020
  • American College of Greece
  • Athens, Greece
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The COMELA 2020, The Conference on Mediterranean and European Linguistic Anthropology 2020 - Second and Final Call for Abstracts

Purpose and Structure - Over 300 scholars globally will gather to present papers and engage in progressive discussion on the Linguistic Anthropology, Language and Society, and related fields, of The Mediterranean and Europe. The COMELA is fully Non-Profit, where all publishing with The JOMELA (its scholarly journal) is free. COMELA proceedings will be indexed with SCOPUS and will contribute to ranked and cited publications for all those accepted to present, as well as publishing papers in Top Tier Journal Publication Special Issues.

Location - American College of Greece, Athens

Date - September 2-5, 2020

Theme - Bounded languages ... Unbounded, a theme highly pertinent to Mediterranean and European regions and countries in the current climate of transnationalism. The COMELA 2020 theme encapsulates the ongoing struggle throughout Mediterranean and European regions. The tension between demarcation and legitimization of languages, language ideologies, and language identities, is entering an era where new modes of interactivity require language communities with roles superordinate to the past. Flexible citizenship now operates within, and not only across, language communities, to unbind languages, yet to create new boundaries never seen throughout history. The COMELA 2020 invites work on the shifting boundedness of language communities of The Mediterranean and Europe. Submissions should acknowledge and describe processes of language shape, change, and ideology, pertinent to social, cultural, and political histories and futures, of Mediterranean and European regions, or work by those working in Mediterranean and European regions.

Keynote Speakers - Jan Blommaert (Tilburg University), Alexandra Georgakopoulou (King’s College London), Dimitris Dalakoglou (Vrije University)


Abstract Submissions - The Second and Final Call for Abstracts is now open, at the following link, with all information.

Anthropological Excursion - Attica, Greece (final day)


List of Main Topics

  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Linguistics
  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Ethnography
  • European Studies
  • Mediterranean Studies
  • Anthropological Linguistics
  • Applied Sociolinguistics
  • Buddhist studies
  • discourses
  • Cognitive Anthropology
  • Critical Linguistic Anthropology
  • Documenting Language
  • Ethnographical Language Work
  • Ethnography of Communication
  • General Sociolinguistics
  • Islamic Studies
  • discourses
  • Language Contact
  • Change
  • Community
  • Ethnicity
  • Dialect
  • Sociolect
  • Genre
  • Language Documentation
  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Language Ideologies
  • Language Minorities
  • Language Majorities
  • Language Revitalization
  • Language in Real Spaces
  • Virtual Spaces
  • Language Socialization
  • Spatiotemporal Frames
  • Multifunctionality
  • Narrative
  • Metanarrative
  • Nonverbal Semiotics
  • Poetics
  • Performativity
  • Post-Structuralism
  • Semiotics
  • Semiology
  • Social Psychology of Language
  • Text
  • Context
  • Entextualization


Jan Blommaert

Jan Blommaert is Professor ...

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Jan Blommaert is Professor of Language, Culture and Globalization, and Director of the Babylon Center at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. He is of the world’s most prominent Sociolinguists and Linguistic Anthropologists, and has contributed substantially to sociolinguistic globalization theory, focusing on historical as well as contemporary patterns of language and literacy, and on lasting and new forms of inequality emerging from globalization processes.

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Alexandra Georgakopoulou

Alex Georgakopoulou is Prof...

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Alex Georgakopoulou is Professor of Discourse Analysis & Sociolinguistics, King’s College London. She has developed small stories research, a paradigm for examining the role of everyday life stories in the (re)formation of social relations and identity politics. She has (co)authored several books that include Analyzing Narrative(with Anna De Fina, 2012, Cambridge University Press) & ‘Quantified Storytelling: A narrative analysis of metrics and algorithms’ (With Stefan Iversen and Carsten Stage, Palgrave, forthcoming). Her latest study of small stories has been carried out within the ERC project ‘Life-writing of the moment: The sharing and updating self on social media’ ( 

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Dimitris Dalakoglou

Dimitris Dalakoglou is Prof...

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Dimitris Dalakoglou is Professor at Vrije University Amsterdam, where he holds the Chair of Social Anthropology. Since 2004 he is developing an anthropology of material infrastructures which most recently culminated to his current project infra-demos that studies democracy and infrastructures in Greece. He is director of the Lab on Mobility, Infrastructures, Sustainability and Commons (MISC Lab).

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Submission Instructions


Presentation lengths

– Colloquia – 1.5 hours with 3-5 contributors
– Papers – 25 minutes, includes 5 minutes for questions/responses
– Posters – to be displayed at designated times throughout the COMELA

Abstract Submission Guidelines

– Submission of proposals for papers, posters, and colloquia should be completed via the online submission website.
– 18-word maximum presentation title
– 400-word maximum abstract, including references
– Colloquia: Upload the abstract for the colloquium, in the submissions box. The abstract must contain both the main description of the colloquium, as well as a summarized description of each individual paper to be presented within the colloquium. This information must include the names and affiliations of each authors and presenter, and the title of each respective session/presentation, as well as any other information believed to be relevant.
– For individual papers submitted for review and acceptance into the general sessions, the first author will be the nominated ‘Corresponding Author’, but can also be a ‘Presenting author’ when completing the profile.
– Each author must also confirm their role: Presenting author, non-presenting author, chair or discussant.

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COMELA 2020 Submission Deadline: April 1, 2020

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Registration Fee and Instructions



Regular Bird: USD 220
Late Bird/On-site: USD 270


Regular Bird: USD 270
Late Bird/On-site: USD 320

Excursion: USD 110

The conference fee includes daily buffet lunch, morning and afternoon break refreshments, and one buffet dinner. The 5th September optional anthropological program is priced separately.

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