CFP: International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation

Deadline: August 1, 2020 (workshop proposals); September 30, 2020 (general papers)

ICLDC 2021: Workshop and Talk Story proposals 

Following a format introduced at the ICLDC 2017, we are including multiple 90-minute blocks on each day of the conference to be dedicated to two alternative conference activities: Talk Story Sessions and Workshops. 

Presentation formats

Talk Story Sessions: Introduced at ICLDC 2017 in response to participant feedback, ICLDC 2021 will again offer Talk Story sessions. These discussions will be led by an expert discussant and limited to 20-30 attendees per session. Each Talk Story will be repeated on different days of the conference, allowing ample opportunity for conference attendees to participate in the Talk Story Sessions of their choice. Talk Story sessions are meant to be fully interactive for participants, rather than a one-directional presentation of information. This format is particularly appropriate for discussing relationships, how we foster them, maintain them, and better understand their role in language reclamation and language documentation.

Workshops: We also welcome proposals for Workshops on topics broadly relating to the conference theme. Each 90-minute workshop will be repeated on different days of the conference, allowing multiple opportunities for interested attendees to participate. Workshops will accommodate a larger number of participants and are intended to be more presentational and instructional in style than the Talk Story sessions. 

How to prepare your abstract proposal

  • Content: Proposals should describe the content of your presentation, including the intended audience and how it relates to the conference themes. Successful abstracts will clearly address the proposed topic’s actual or potential social impacts, outcomes or implications.
  • Abstract Length: Please limit your proposal to 400 words, not including references. 
  • Anonymity: To facilitate blind peer review, please do not include your name or affiliation in your abstract or filename. Your proposal should only include your presentation title, abstract, and list of references (if applicable). If you are including references/citations to your own work in your abstract, please be sure to replace your name(s) with “Author.” For example, if you are Ted Smith and you wrote an article in 2009, which you are citing in your file (i.e., Smith (2009) ), you would change it to “Author (2009).” If you are including a list of references at the end, also make sure to anonymize any of your publications similarly as well. 
  • Format: Please submit your abstract as a PDF file. 
  • 50-word summary: Please also prepare a 50-word summary of your abstract for inclusion in the conference program. This will be entered in a separate field in the submission form, not in your abstract PDF file. 

NSF support details

Thanks to generous support from the US National Science Foundation Dynamic Language Infrastructure – NEH Documenting Endangered Languages (DLI-DEL), we are able to offer honoraria up to US $600 (subject to taxation) for each selected Workshop and Talk Story Session. In the event that a Workshop or Talk Story Session is jointly presented by more than one individual, the presenter team will inform the ICLDC Executive Committee how to divide the award across the presenters. 

As a condition of acceptance, Workshop and Talk Story Session presenters must acknowledge support of the National Science Foundation in their presentations and future iterations of their research.

Proposal submission

  • Abstracts should describe the content of the proposed Workshop or Talk Story, indicating how it relates to the conference theme. Successful abstracts will clearly address the proposed topic’s actual or potential social impacts, outcomes or implications. Abstracts should be no more than 400 words in length, not including references. 
  • Talk Story Session and Workshop presenters will have access to the ICLDC’s Zoom Meeting or Webinar account features, and plenty of technical support and training from our Student Steering Committee, if necessary. In your abstract, please address the feasibility of holding your Talk Story Session or Workshop in an online, virtual format.
  • Biography: Please include a 100-word biography describing the qualifications of each presenter. 
  • Language: Abstracts should be submitted in English, but presentations can be in any language. We particularly welcome presentations in languages of the region discussed.
  • Proposals for the NSF-sponsored Workshops and Talk Story Sessions are due by August 1, 2020, with notification of acceptance by September 1, 2020. Proposals will be submitted through EasyChair. You will need to sign up for a free account, if you don’t already have one.


  • June 2020: Call for Proposals announced
  • August 1, 2020: Proposals for Workshops and Talk Story Sessions deadline
  • September 1, 2020: Notification of acceptance to Workshops and Talk Story sessions
  • September 30, 2020: Proposal deadline for general papers and posters
  • November 1, 2020: Notification of acceptance for general papers and posters
  • November 1, 2020: Early registration opens
  • January 31, 2021: Early registration deadline; late registration opens February 1
  • March 4 – March 7, 2021: 7th ICLDC