“Language and Society. Research Advances in Social Sciences”

International Conference organized by: RC25 « Language and Society » of the International Sociological Association & by the UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair at Maria Grzegorzewska University

Language and Society. Research Advances in Social Sciences

Maria Grzegorzewska University

Warsaw, Poland


september 2019

Aims and Scope

            The conference aims to foster discussion among sociologists, sociolinguists, and other social scientists about the relations between language and society. This edition of the Language and Society. Research Advances in Social Sciencesinternational conference covers two main scopes.

The first scopeis related to gender and children equality in liberal and conservative discourses. The purpose is to shed light on how these discourses inform about the preferences, the behaviors, and the representations toward: gender positions and what is expected or not of these positions; children/parental positions; gendered children. This scope includes both the support and the resistance towards children’s expected positions interlinked to their gender.

The second scopeis based on RC25 core approach: looking at languagerather than solely through language. All communications which look at language in this sense are welcome, as all theoretical and methodological frameworks that can be used to create sociological analyses of language. For instance, a non-exhaustive list of potential topicsfor this second scope is:

  • Language and power
  • Language in public and private spheres
  • Multilingualism and plurilingualism
  • Language and transnationalism
  • Language and migration
  • Language and global network
  • Language and identity
  • Language and intersectional positioning in public and private sphere
  • Language policies

To enhance knowledge dissemination beyond linguistic borders, scholars are welcome to present the literature they are using and which is not available in English.

English is the official communication language for the conference. However, scholars are welcome to show their visual presentation in another language (French or Spanish are the official languages of ISA).

RC 25 Language & Society is a research committee of the International Sociological Association. The objective of the Research Committee on Language and Society is to advance sociological knowledge concerning language in interaction and in systems of representation. Members are united by the desire to look at rather than through systems of communication.

Submission process

Scholars are requested to submit paper proposals including, the title of presentation and a short 250-300 words abstract, accompanied by 3-5 keywords. Submission should be made online.

Scientific Committee will select papers for presentation and will notify participants of acceptance. There will also be a possibility to give distributed papers.

There is no registration fee; however, registration is mandatory.

Transport, accommodation, health insurance or personal expenses are not covered and should be organized by participants themselves.

Deadline for abstracts submission: 1st March 2019

Results of the abstracts selection: 1-30 April 2019

The full program will be online by the: end of May 2019

Scientific Committee:

  • Prof. Amado Alarcón (RC25 and Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain)
  • Dr. Stéphanie Cassilde (RC25 and Ronin Institute of Independent Scholarship)
  • Prof. Keiji Fujiyoshi (RC25 and Otemon Gakuin University, Japan)
  • Prof. Melanie Heath (RC32 and McMaster University,Canada)
  • Prof. Urszula Markowska-Manista (Potsdam University of Applied Sciences, Germany)
  • Maud Mazaniello-Chezol (RC25 and McGill University, Canada)
  • Prof. Anna Odrowaz-Coates (RC25 and Maria Grzegorzewska University, Poland)
  • Prof. Barbara Pasamonik (Polish Sociological Association)
  • Prof. Celine-Marie Pascal (RC25 and American University, USA)
  • Prof. Slawomir Ratajski (Polish Committee of UNESCO)
  • Prof. Viviane Melo Resende (RC25 and Universidade de Brasília, Brazil)
  • Prof. Jaroslaw Rola (Vice-Rector at Maria Grzegorzewska University)
  • Dr. Tinka Schubert (RC25 and Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain)

Organizing Committee:

  • Stéphanie Cassilde (Ronin Institute of Independent Scholarship, Belgium)
  • Anna Odrowaz-Coates (UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair, Poland)
  • Mariusz Baranowski (Adam Mickwiewicz University, Poland)
  • Anna Perkowska-Klejman (Maria Grzegorzewska University, Poland)
  • Marta Kulesza (Maria Grzegorzewska University, Poland)
  • Marta Kotarba (Maria Grzegorzewska University, Poland)
  • Krystyna Heland-Kurzak (Maria Grzegorzewska University, Poland)

RC25 warmly thanks Maria Grzegorzewska University for providing the conference venue and its facilities free of charge, which enables no registration fee for participants.

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Practical Information

The location

The UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair and the Maria Grzegorzewska University invites the RC25 ISA Conference 2019 to The Maria Grzegorzewska University, located in Warsaw, Poland.

Please view this very short video that the organization committee in Warsaw prepared especially to give you some background about the venue:

The Lecture Theatre, where plenary sessions will take place

20180424131605-eebcd550IT support, including free Wi-Fi, projectors, microphones, etc., will be available to participants. Free tea, coffee and other light refreshments will be available.


There are two modern and affordable hotels, 5 minutes walk from the venue, Ibis and Ibis budget. Many other more ‘premium’ hotels may be found a short distance away. Airbnb, UBER and other such facilities operate in our area. The venue is located 20 minutes by taxi from the airport (approximate cost is 10 Euro). It is close to a train station and public transport is plentiful. Warsaw is a relatively cheap destination, well connected via air and rail transport. Multiple airlines fly to Warsaw from all over the globe.

Coming to Warsaw

Warsaw airport is a well-connected international airport, which also welcome low cost companies.


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Polish National Commission for UNESCO