CfP: SL2Hub-DC Student Conference at Gallaudet University, Washington DC (27-29 March 2014)



SL2Hub-DC is an interdisciplinary, student led conference on Sign Language hosted by Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. The official language of the conference is ASL.


This conference has a bit of traditional and a bit of unique. Half of the conference will follow the traditional format with student researchers presenting about their own data. Students giving presentations will describe their methods of analysis, preliminary findings, and the significance for their fields of study. There will also be a poster session where additional students can showcase their research.


The other half of the conference will take a less formal tone, focusing on the student learning process. Workshops and these presentations will focus on one data set. Because everyone can become familiar with the data prior to the conference, more in-depth conversations about the process and findings can take place during the weekend. This conference’s data set is Wayne Betts Jr.’s Ted Talk, ‘Deaf Lens’ available at:


Students giving presentations about the shared data set will also describe their methods of analysis, preliminary findings, and the significance for their fields of study. Students leading workshops will present challenges faced by their discipline in analyzing ASL data and facilitate discussions amongst students for us all to grow in our studies together. Wayne Betts Jr. will also attend the conference and looks forward to the discussions.


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Call for Papers:


We invite students to submit abstracts for presentations, workshops, and posters for the 2014 SL2 Hub – DC conference, an interdisciplinary conference on sign language studies.


Test a hypothesis on the shared data set (Wayne Betts Jr.’s Deaf Lens TedTalk), share the research project you are working on in class, or lead a workshop that allows others to explore your discipline’s approaches to sign language research. This conference is not only about results and findings, but also about growing in our understanding of the process and coming together as students of the sign language research community.


We welcome abstracts in the following areas:


– Linguistics (any subfield)

– Deaf Studies

– ASL Studies

– Interpreting Studies

– Communication Studies

– Other related fields


Deadline: September 30, 2013 11:59 EST. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Notification of selection: October 31, 2013


How to Submit:


The official language of the conference is ASL. Abstracts, presentations, and workshops will be conducted in ASL, interpreters will not be provided. Videos are to be five (5) minutes or less. Upload the video to YouTube as unlisted using the title, SL2HubDC_Lastname. You are welcome to submit as an individual or a research group with the option of up to one non-student team member (i.e., a professor or other mentor).


Send the following to include in the body of the email:


– Author(s) information: Name, email address, affiliated university

– Area of study

– Intent of Abstract: Shared data workshop, presentation or poster (indicate whether including the shared data set or only your own data), or poster session only (poster session will last one hour, researchers are to be present for informal discussion with participants)

– Link to unlisted YouTube video

– One page document, if needed, to include any charts, diagrams, references, etc.


Video Abstract Requirements / Selection Criteria:


Presentation / Poster:


Video should clearly and succinctly provide a brief background of the topic, the research methodology to be presented, a concise summary of the findings/conclusions and the significance of the study to your field. Presentation abstracts will be considered in two categories, those that use the shared data set, Wayne Betts Jr.’s Ted Talk, Deaf Lens, found at, and those that do not (your own personal data analysis). Presentations will be 25 minutes in length with up to 10 minutes for question and answers.




The overall purpose of the workshops is to provide opportunities for conference attendees to participate in a discussion on the approaches and challenges to sign language research. Video proposal should clearly identify specific objectives and provide a general outline of the plan for the workshop. Workshops will be 1 hour 45 minutes in length.


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