To date, we have received proposals for the following symposia (all titles are provisional):

We are pleased to announce an extensive programme of symposia connecting our theme to a wide range of related areas of research.

We would like to express our gratitude to all of the chairs, speakers and organisers who have worked tirelessly to present these engaging themes. Each symposium will feature invited speakers addressing the title and will include a roundtable or Q&A session. 

  • Analysing Visual-Spatial Communication: Establishing the groundwork – chaired by Luke Rudge (University of the West of England). Featured speakers: Kimberley Mouvet, Thomas Amundrud & Stef Slembrouck
  • Crossing Borders with SFL: Building disciplinary literacies – chaired by Anne McCabe (Saint Louis University, Madrid), Ana Llinares (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and Gail Forey (University of Bath). Featured speakers: Urszula Clark, Christiane Dalton-Puffer, Sally Humphrey & Rachel Whittaker, with the participation of Ruth Harman.
  • Education, Social Justice and Linguistics – chaired by David Hyatt (University of Sheffield) Featured speakers: Khawla Badwan, Sarah Horrod & James Simpson
  • Gunther Kress and his Impact on Multimodal Research – chaired by Martin Kaltenbacher & Hartmut Stöckl (University of Salzburg). Featured speakers: Elisabetta Adami, Wendy L. Bowcher, Sophia Diamantopoulou, Kay O’Halloran, Terry Royce & Janina Wildfeuer, with the participation of Theo van Leeuwen
  • Interdisciplinarity, Semiotics & Social Justice: Legitimation Code Theory (LCT) and SFL – chaired by Steve Kirk (Durham University), Richard Pountney (Sheffield Hallam University) & Eszter Szenes (Norwich University/ Central European University). Featured speakers: Pernilla Andersson Varga, Anna Maria Hipkiss, Namala Lakshmi Tilakaratna & Karl Maton
  • Language, Critique, and Social Justice in Contemporary Capitalism – chaired by Jane Mulderrig (University of Sheffield) & Michael Farrelly (University of Hull). Featured speakers: Christian W. Chun, John Gray, John P. O’Regan & Karin Zotzmann, with the participation of Tom Bartlett & David Block
  • Multimodal Analysis of Picture Books that Challenge Gender Stereotypes and the Concept of the Traditional Family – chaired by A. Jesús Moya Guijarro (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain). Featured speakers: Izaskun Elorza, María Martínez Lirola & Carmen Santamaría García
  • SFL and Genre Pedagogy in the Tertiary Academic Literacy Context – experiences & challenges from England and Australia – chaired by Jim Donohue (Manchester Metropolitan University). Featured speakers: Helen Drury, Sheena Gardner, Silvia Pessoa & Trish Weekes 

The symposia will often extend beyond a single day and are scheduled to run in parallel with the other conference papers.L

More to be announced. Applications to host symposia, with topic and full list of speakers, can be made to the conference organisers at

See Submission Guidelines for more details

Key Dates

Call for Papers
1st November 2019

Submission opens
15th November 2019
Submit a Paper

Submission closes
10th January 2020
24th January 2020

Early Bird Registration opens
30th January 2020
Register Online

Notification of acceptance
28th February 2020

Standard Registration
16th March 2020
13th April 2020

Registration closes
7th June 2020

Conference starts
1st July 2020