TISLR conferences

The conference series Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research is targeted specifically at the linguistic study of signed languages. Its organisation is supported by SLLS to take place every three years.

At the General Meeting of SLLS during TISLR 12 in 2016, members voted for the following  location for TISLR14:

  • TISLR 14, 2022: Osaka, Japan; Minpaku (Ritsuko Kikusawa and colleagues)

TISLR13 will be held in 2019 in Hamburg, Germany to be hosted by Christian Rathmann and colleagues.


The SLLS board is soliciting serious proposals for hosting TISLR 15 (to be held around 2025). Members of SLLS who are in tenured/continuing positions at their university can submit bids. Bidders should be prepared to demonstrate:

  1. support from their institutions for hosting the conference
  2. an ability to meet the interpreting requirements of the conference (preferably interpreting between English and the local sign language, as well as a sign language of wider communication, such as American Sign Language)
  3. the availability of a team of colleagues who can assist in hosting the conference
  4. a commitment to collaborating with SLLS in the organization of the event

Individuals/groups who wish to propose a bid for hosting TISLR 15 should send the following information to chair@slls.eu by JULY 1, 2019:

  • Names of (primary) organizers
  • Expected location
  • Expected institutional support
  • Other relevant information (e.g. roughly when during 2025 the conference would be held)

After an initial screening by the SLLS board, bidders will be invited to prepare a presentation for the 2019 General Meeting in Hamburg. The presentation can include a video or slide presentation of potential site features. The bid presentation must be no more than 5 minutes in length.


A calendar with previous conferences is available for members.