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Formulaic Language Research Network Conference (FLaRN)

Location: Swansea University

Date: 14 - 16 July 2014

Keynote speakers:  Professor Alison Wray and Florence Myles (Essex)

This biennial conference is where researchers working in the field of formulaic language meet to exchange ideas and resources. 

Registration is now open.  Full conference details including the programme can be found at

Ireland, Wales, and the First World War: History, Myth, and Cultural Memory

Location: Cardiff University, Wales
Date: 10 - 12 September 2014

‘Ireland, Wales, and the First World War: History, Myth, and Cultural Memory’: this interdisciplinary conference will be hosted by the Wales-Ireland Research Network at Cardiff University. For further details and the Call for Papers, please click on the link below.


The 3rd LinC Summer School and Workshop in Systemic Functional Linguistics

Location: Cardiff University, Wales
Date: 8 - 10 September 2014

The goal of the summer school is to offer research and training in both understanding the Systemic Functional Linguistic theory of language and applying it to real-world challenges. The summer school will run two parallel courses:

Both are suitable for professionals, students, and researchers who have an interest in learning more about Systemic Functional Linguistics and/or corpus linguistics and its applications.  

For further details of this event please click here.

Downscaling Culture: Revisiting Intercultural Communication

Location: Cardiff University, Wales

Date: 18-19 September 2014

Downscaling is a term used in geography, meteorology and satellite imaging. We use it here metaphorically to suggest that a higher resolution in cultural analysis enhances our understanding of communication and culture in the early 21st century.

The linguistic study of intercultural communication is commonly concerned with analysing miscommunication between speakers from two or more different ‘cultures’, defined predominantly as large-scale nation and language communities. It has been argued that such studies essentialise culture as a given variable (Nakayama and Halualani 2010), which sits uneasily with more de-nationalised concepts of culture. ‘Transculturality’ (Welsch 1999), for instance, describes the increasing multiplicity of cultures within individuals and between networks of individuals, that cannot be accounted for simply by identifying where people are from. Also British Cultural Studies put culture on a new footing in their turn towards popular culture to explain ideological struggles, hegemony and power relations in western class societies (e.g. Hall et al. 1992). These trends entail a fresh look at local cultures, a downscaling of culture: subcultures, small groups, families, communities of practice; every group of persons who use common signs to create meaning-making ensembles of signs that relate to their life-world.

In this conference we would like to explore the possibilities of studying these downscaled cultures in their contact with other downscaled cultures.


'Profitable and spedful to use'

Medieval and Early Modern Prayer, a Postgraduate Conference

Location: Cardiff University, Wales

Date: 19th September 2014

This one-day conference will address the theme of prayer in the Medieval and Early Modern periods.  Given its pervasive nature as an element of Medieval and Early Modern culture, prayer is often overlooked by scholars as a discrete topic of enquiry. Prayer’s very ubiquity in the literature, historical record and material culture of the time has led, perhaps counterintuitively, to a lack of sustained critical attention, at least in some disciplines.  In the context of a religiously-literate society, prayer performs many functions beyond its role in worship, with its artistic, rhetorical and performative aspects often used for propagandistic, interrogative or subversive means, among others.


Roland Barthes at 100

A conference to mark the centenary of Roland Barthes

Location: Cardiff University, Wales

Date:30-31 March 2015

Keynote Speakers:

Diana Knight (Nottingham University)
Jürgen Pieters (University of Ghent)
Michael Wood (Princeton University)


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