Ecolinguisticum - Ecolinguistics Symposium, Graz, Austria

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Event Dates: 
October 24, 2015 to October 26, 2015
Graz, Austria


Invitation and Call for Papers

In October 2015 (Sat., 24th to Mon., 26th), Alwin Fill and Hermine Penz will organize a symposium on Ecolinguistics with special emphasis on the topic of Discourse(s) on Environmental Problems. The symposium aims to bring together researchers from all fields of linguistics who are interested in how environmental issues are discussed in various spheres of social life (media, politics, everyday communication, professional groups, etc.). We invite submissions for papers (length about 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion). There will also be time for a general discussion.


We welcome papers on all relevant topics of ecolinguistics, particularly on the discourse relating to the following topic areas:


- energy and resources

- genetic engineering (e.g. genetically modified crops, food, cloning)

- climate change

- biodiversity

- waste (toxic waste, plastic waste, waste trade)

- sustainability

- natural catastrophes

- etc.



The Conference venue will be the English Department of Graz University (Heinrichstrasse 36, A-8010 Graz, Austria). The conference languages are English and German.

Accommodation: we will organize room reservations for you in a hotel near the conference venue.

Please send an abstract of approx. 250 words, in English or German, before May 31st, 2015 to the following e-mail addresses: and

Submissions should include abstract title, author name(s), institutional affiliation and e-mail address of the author(s).

Notification of acceptance will be sent by 30th June 2015.


Graz can be reached by train, car (motorway) or aeroplane. In the course of the conference, there will also be a trip into the surroundings of the city, which are famous for their beautiful landscape and for their wine-growing areas.



The organizers:


Em. Prof. Dr. Alwin Fill

Prof. Dr. Hermine Penz


Department of English Studies

University of Graz

Heinrichstraße 36

A-8010 Graz