About the conference

On 11th and 12th September 2014, EELC5 was held in the vibrant city of Manchester.

Explorations in Ethnography, Language and Communication is a biannual conference associated with the Linguistic Ethnography Forum, a Special Interest Group of BAAL, the British Association for Applied Linguistics. The conference was originally inspired by a research training programme run by a team of researchers at Kings College London and the Institute of Education. Three participants from the first cohort joined forces to establish an event that would facilitate further opportunities for exchange of knowledge around ethnography, language and communication. They established a conference in September 2008 and ran further events in 2009 and 2010 at the University of Aston, Birmingham. In 2010 the Linguistic Ethnography Forum decided to turn the conference into a biannual event and the 4th EELC was held in Copenhagen in 2012.  The current conference is the fifth in the series.  The aims of the series are to:

  • Provide a dedicated cross-disciplinary forum for researchers who combine ethnographic and linguistic approaches
  • Facilitate high quality debate on contemporary issues across health, education,social policy and cultural studies
  • Establish a stimulating programme combining plenary lectures, dataworkshops, oral and poster presentations
  • Facilitate international dialogue between Linguistic Ethnography in Europe and US linguistic anthropology.

The theme of the 2014 conference was ‘Linguistic Ethnography: Benefits and Challenges’.

Plenary speakers include
  • Mariette de Haan, University of Utrecht.  “New connectivity, cultural complexities and global learners?”
  • Fiona Copland, Aston University and Angela Creese, University of Birmingham,  “Ethical issues in linguistic ethnography: Iterations of reflexivity.”
Conference organisers:
Sarah Collins, University of Manchester
Karin Tusting, Lancaster University
Julia Gillen, Lancaster University
Uta Papen, Lancaster University
Supporting publishers:

John Benjamins,


Edinburgh University Press,

Multilingual Matters

Palgrave Macmillan.

Rebecca Brennan, commissioning editor for language and linguistics at Palgrave Macmillan will be attending the conference and is actively commissioning new book projects in Linguistic Ethnography and related areas. If you have a book project to discuss or any questions for Rebecca, please do email her on Rebecca.Brennan@palgrave.com to discuss or to arrange a meeting at the conference.