The 23rd annual conference on Language, Interaction, and Social Organization will be held a the University of California, Santa Barbara on May 19-20, 2017. The conference is presented in conjunction with the Center for Language, Interaction and Culture at UCLA.

According to conference organizers at UCSB, “The LISO conference promotes interdisciplinary research and discussion in the analysis of naturally occurring human interaction.” LISO conferences typically bring together participants from allied fields including anthropology, linguistics, sociology, communication, and education. They provide an especially supportive space for graduate students to present their work.

The theme of next year’s conference is “Encounter and Interface”. Again quoting conference organizers, “‘Encounter’ and ‘interface’ here are both broadly defined and inextricably connected. Encounters, ranging from interactions between individual speakers to the intermingling of distinct linguistic and cultural systems, now occur through various contexts, both face-to-face and digitally-mediated. How are the ideological underpinnings of these encounters manifested and re-shaped in everyday interaction? How is online language and culture shaping– and being shaped by – the norms of face-to-face communication?”

Check out the call for papers at: http://liso.ucsblinguist.org/abstracts

Questions should be addressed to the organizers: lisoconference@gmail.com