ESSE Conference – 3 seminars co-hosted by GERAS

Please find below the calls for papers for the 3 seminars co-hosted by GERAS members & GICs at the next ESSE Conference, which will be held in Lyon Aug 31-Sept 4, 2020 (more info). The deadline for submission is January 15th, 2020.

S4: English for Specialised Purposes & Humour

Despite research on humour specific to certain ESP disciplines (e.g. medical gallows humour, lawyer jokes, ‘headlinese’, etc.), a methodological approach to related lines of enquiry, such as ESP pedagogy, linguistics, translation and interpreting studies, corpus linguistics and fictional representations in specialised environments, remains rare. Numerous cognitive, social and psychological paths invite research in specialised humour. Yet, the richest field is probably the insider/outsider theme which typically permeates specialised communities. Other lines of enquiry may bear on the ethics of ESP humour and the correlated notion of acceptability. While specialised humour is often a means of bonding and stress-reduction, it also breeds sexism, harassment and even racism in ESP teaching, disciplinary or workplace contexts.


Miguel Ángel Campos-Pardillos (University of Alicante, Spain),

Shaeda Isani (University Grenoble-Alpes, France),

Katia Peruzzo (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy),

Michel Van der Yeught (Aix-Marseille University, France),

S6: ESP and professional domains

Recent discussions have highlighted the intersections between professional domains and discourses and the field of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) (Bhatia and Bremner 2014; Charret-Del Bove et al. 2017). This seminar invites speakers to contribute to describe and characterize professional specialization from theoretical and applied linguistic perspectives. Papers are welcome using any of the suggested research perspectives and methodologies (but do not need to be restricted to these):- The definition of “professional specialization” through the lens of linguistics; – The characterization of professional discourses domains and cultures;
– Technolects and terminology;
– Interdisciplinarity or multi-specialization of professional discourses;- Methodological approaches to professional discourses and domains (ethnomethodology; corpus analysis, genre analysis, storytelling, etc.);
– Intercultural and translation issues;
– English for professional purposes, course design and certification;- Endowing ESP instructors with professional knowledge.


Fanny Domenec (Université Paris Sorbonne – Université Panthéon Assas, France),

Cinzia Giglioni (Università di Roma La Sapienza, Italy),

Philippe Millot (Université de Lyon, France),

S7: English for Specific Purposes: what theoretical frameworks for what teaching and research outcomes?

English for Specific Purposes has historically been a practitioner-driven field, with its research anchored in applied linguistics. ESP thus concerns the language strand of the conference, as opposed to literature or culture. In many European universities, however, ESP courses are taught by teachers with a background in literary or cultural studies. This seminar asks those involved in research into the teaching and learning of ESP to reflect on the theories which inform their work. Such theories may relate to the ESP content discipline, to different areas of applied linguistics (e.g., corpus linguistics and specialised translation, teacher education, English Medium Instruction for internationalisation), or to other branches of education and the humanities.


Shona Whyte (Université Côte d’Azur, France),

Cédric Sarré (Sorbonne Université, France),

Barbora Chovancova (Masaryk University, Czech Republic),

Patrizia Anesa (University of Bergamo, Italy),

International Symposium: Genres in English for Specific Purposes

Genres in English for Specific Purposes: definitions, methodologies of analysis and pedagogical interests
International Symposium, 5-6 December 2019, Paris 8 University

This symposium invites papers on specialized genres, focusing on their definition and degree of specialization, as well as on methodologies of analysis, or on their potential didactic impact. How can we characterize “occluded genres”? Which genres are specialized and what method can we use to analyse them? Can we use this research in the classroom? How might the training of future engineers, for example, be improved by the study of how procedural texts are written (a type of document that they will certainly have to read or write in their professional life)? We can also think about the importance of scientific articles or conferences or other types of texts linked to diverse specialized domains (Economics, Law, Arts, Journalism, Medicine, …) whose study by learners would surely be an asset for their career. We also welcome papers on FASP (Fiction à Substrat Professionnel), in its written or visual form, as well as on its pedagogical value. Submission Guidelines: Please submit your 300 word abstract by September 28th 2019. Proposals should be addressed to both and, and should include a title, as well as biographies and contact information.

Organisation Committee:
Margaux Coutherut, Université Paris 8, TransCrit: Gwen Le Cor, Université Paris 8, TransCrit:

AELFE-TAPP 2020 Conference

19th International Conference of AELFE – 2nd TAPP Conference

“Multilingual academic and professional communication in a networked world”

Vilanova i la Geltrú (Barcelona), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
8–10th July, 2020
Conference website:

This joint AELFE-TAPP Conference brings together the 19th annual conference of AELFE (Asociación Europea de Lenguas para Fines Específicos/European Association
of Languages for Specific Purposes) and the 2nd Conference of the Trans-Atlantic and Pacific Project (TAPP), a growing virtual exchange network that has developed transnational collaborative projects on specialized communication, translation and user experience. The combination of both conferences will allow participants to link the fields of languages for specific purposes (LSP) and telecollaboration/virtual exchange. The annual AELFE Conference is a meeting point for scholars interested in academic and professional communication from a multidisciplinary perspective.
The first TAPP conference was held in Fargo (ND, USA) in 2016, under the theme
“Converging fields”. This second edition, “Expanding networks”, will explore virtual exchange from the perspective of its consolidation and will provide a forum for researchers and practitioners from different networks to share their experience and insights. In a networked era, we are faced with the challenges of faster and more complex communication involving a variety of languages, participants and modes. Academic and professional communication also poses challenges related to disciplinary literacies and interdisciplinary collaboration. As higher education is undergoing a process of increased internationalization, especially through English-medium instruction (EMI) and internationalization at home and abroad, we ask: What is the role of LSP teaching and  research? How can academics expand their international and multidisciplinary networks? How can educators best prepare future graduates for complex multilingual and multicultural work and study environments?
With an emphasis on the demands of international academic and professional language use as well as on the opportunities afforded by technology for collaboration and intercultural communication, the AELFE-TAPP 2020 Conference will provide scholars with the opportunity to discuss advances in academic and professional communication as well as in virtual exchange.
Together with an inspiring academic programme, participants will also enjoy a social programme in a privileged location, Vilanova i la Geltrú (Barcelona), which will offer participants plenty of opportunities to strengthen their academic and social networks.
Marie C. Paretti (Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA, USA)
Francesca Helm (University of Padua, Italy)
Sonia Vandepitte (Ghent University, Belgium)
David Block (ICREA Professor, University of Lleida, Spain)
The International AELFE-TAPP 2020 Conference welcomes proposals related to either languages for specific purposes or virtual exchange (or which combine both).
Submissions are accepted for paper and poster presentations, workshops, colloquia, and roundtables. AELFE is multilingual in nature, so participants can send their contributions in languages other than English (Spanish, Catalan, French, German, and Italian). Participants are invited to send their proposals in relation (though not restricted) to the following AELFE thematic panels:
• Corpus linguistics
• Genre and discourse
• Terminology
• Translation and interpretation
• Innovation and digital technologies in LSP
• Teaching methodologies and CLIL/EMI
In particular, participants are encouraged to connect the topics in the thematic panels to broader issues, such as the interplay between EMI and ESP, EMI/ESP training or the role of ESP in the context of increasingly internationalized university settings. Proposals focusing on virtual exchange/telecollaboration will be featured in a distinct strand, the TAPP conference, which will be held concurrently with the AELFE conference sessions. This strand is open to bot  experienced participants and academics willing to learn more about (or perhaps engage in) virtual exchange. A variety of proposals are welcome for papers, workshops, colloquia, and roundtables on any area of virtual
exchange. Topics may include (but are not limited to):
• Creation, growth and sustainability of virtual exchange networks
• Affordances and uses of technology in virtual exchange or blended learning
• Multidisciplinary collaborative projects through virtual exchange
• Developing intercultural, communicative, and professional skills through the
use of virtual exchange in LSP courses.
• Tasks, modes and learning outcomes: written, spoken and digital texts,
translation, and user-experience.
• Digital and disciplinary literacies in academic and work settings
• Virtual exchange and the internationalization of universities
Forum for young researchers:
As it is usual in AELFE Conferences, there will be a forum for young researchers, which will provide PhD students and junior scholars with the opportunity to present their research and receive feedback from experienced scholars.
Deadline for submissions: 31st October 2019
Notification of acceptance: 30th November 2019
Early bird registration: 31st March 2020
Deadline for registration: 31st May 2020
Proposals (in the form of papers, posters, workshops, colloquia or roundtables) will be submitted via EasyAbstracts:
Papers based on conference presentations will appear in an open-access peer-reviewed proceedings publication. We also plan to publish one or more volumes (special issue of a journal or edited book) with selected contributions.

Forthcoming GERAS events

Here are two forthcoming GERAS events:

41st GERAS Conference 2020

  • The 41st GERAS conference will be held in Nantes, from
  • March 19 to 21 2019. All the necessary information will
  • soon be updated on the GERAS website.
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 ESSE Conference 2020 in Lyon

  • The next ESSE conference will take place in Lyon from
  • August 31 to September 4 2020. The calls for papers for
  • seminars will be published in the months to come. All the
  • necessary information can be found on at:
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