CfP: WASLI 2015

Conferences & workshops


The WASLI 2015 Scientific Committee is seeking submissions for papers for the 2015 WASLI conference. The overall theme of the conference is Human Rights: where do interpreters fit in? We invite papers on a wide variety of topics, in different formats, and presenters from around the world with various backgrounds. The conference encourages the sharing of ideas for collaboration across countries, cultures, and languages from consumers, practitioners, educators, and researchers. Our aim is to put together a slate of presentations that reflect the diversity of the world in which we live.

This call for papers invites proposals for papers and posters to be presented at the conference. Timeline for submissions and confirmation include:
Proposals are due no later than July 31st, 2014
Upon review, notification will be sent by October 31st, 2014
Final confirmation is due no later than November 30th, 2014

Upon acceptance, these are some further important deadlines:
Final papers must be sent to the conference organizer by June 10th, 2015
Reviewed papers – for publication in the electronic conference proceedings – should be submitted within one month after the conference, i.e. no later than August 25th 2015

Thematic areas include (but are not limited to):

Accessibility as a human right for Deaf people and the involvement of SL interpreters


Role and ethics of interpreters in a context of (in)equality

Legislation, including but not limited to signed languages, human rights and interpreting provision

By/for interpreters in the light of human rights
By Deaf people for SL interpreting in light of human rights for Deaf people

International Sign and Interpreting
Contexts and practice
Implications for participants

Institutional/Organization Impact
Hierarchical decision-making and its impact
Historical oppression and shifts in practice

Successful collaboration leading to equality and human rights
The Deaf community and researchers
The Deaf community and interpreters / the interpreting community
Community based action

Professional development of interpreters and the (positive) consequences for the communities in claiming their human rights
Innovative education

Please note that all areas apply to all signed interpreters, educators and researchers. We do not make a distinction or separation of Deaf and hearing people in any area. We welcome all research, projects and practice that support (linguistic) diversity.

Length of papers: all presentations of papers given at the conference will be 40 minutes. This time includes questions and answers (10 minutes).

Format for posters: posters will be displayed in a common area for attendees to view. Posters are to be designed so that they can be displayed for the conference participants to view during the day. Poster presentations will not be interactive except during coffee breaks, lunch time and at the end of each conference day. We encourage visual and print-based supporting materials. Upon acceptance you will be given some guidelines about the format and size of the poster as well as the best size of font to use.

The official conference languages are International Sign and spoken English. All presenters who use a different signed or spoken language will need to supply their own interpreters.

Presenters will need to register for the conference. There is no waiver of conference fees.

Papers and posters require the following information in the proposal:
Proposal Information Form
Name of presenter(s) & affiliation(s) & country(s)
Brief CV for each presenter (maximum 1 minute video or 1 page per person)
Contact details for first author for correspondence
Title of presentation
Language of presentation
Abstract – in your signed language or International Sign (maximum 2 minute video) OR written English (500-word maximum, one-page, unreduced)
Form: a paper presentation or a poster

Submission form link:

Proposals should be submitted using the online submission form (see link above), in International Sign as a viewable video file (uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) OR in written English.

Proposals for presentations and posters must be received electronically by 31 July 2014.
The Scientific Committee will review all proposals. The committee is comprised of individuals from various backgrounds and regions.

Notifications will be made by 31 October 2014, and selected presenters must confirm by 30 November 2014.

Presenters will submit a copy of their paper 6 weeks in advance of the conference for interpreter preparation (by June 10th 2015). After the conference, authors will also be asked to submit a final version of previously submitted papers for publication in the electronic conference proceedings (byAugust 25th 2015).

Presenters will meet with interpreters on-site to prepare for all presentations.

Scientific Committee Chairs: Dr. Suzanne Ehrlich and Isabelle Heyerick.

Updates will be posted on:

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