ICLDC 7 logo: Recognizing Relationships

Recognizing Relationships

The 7th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (ICLDC)

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

March 4-7, 2021 

COVID-19 Statement

Currently, the State of Hawai‘i is under a strict stay-at-home order and a 14-day quarantine for visitors, and the University of Hawai‘i has closed all campuses for the spring 2020 semester. While it is possible that travel and quarantine restrictions in Hawai‘i will change in coming months, at the present time, the ICLDC organizers envision that the conference will primarily take place virtually, with a limited in-person component if possible. We are currently investigating what technologies we will use and how the conference will take shape. Please keep an eye on this page, which we will update as our plans develop.

Regardless of future changes to state and national government guidelines on travel and gathering, we understand that the decision to attend the ICLDC in person is an individual one, and we wish to emphasize that acceptance of abstracts will not be based on whether or not presenters will be able to travel to the conference. In addition, we will do what we can to accommodate time zone differences for presenters who present virtually, as well as family and work obligations.

Despite these challenges, we are excited about this year’s theme, and the possibilities for broad international discussion that an online conference can offer. Please “join” us!

Conference Theme: Recognizing Relationships

There are many critical challenges that endangered language documentation and conservation faces, some of which seem insurmountable, and despite linguists’ best efforts, many of the proposed solutions fall short. These challenges have been apparent to many communities, language activists and academic linguists since (or even before) the earliest public warnings of the “endangered language crisis” in the early 1990’s, and recognition of the great number of large-scale challenges has only become more apparent since. 

One reason that many of the current solutions have not reached the level of success to which they have aspired is that the need to identify and/or foster relationships is often minimized or even ignored completely. Identifying and fostering relationships by taking the time to build understanding between stakeholders, learning about needs and skills that can be offered, and developing shared goals and outcomes are central to sustainable solutions for language documentation and conservation. These relationships go beyond those between communities and linguists and extend to multi-party relationships among linguists, communities, other academic fields, governmental and non-governmental organizations, educational and funding agencies, and many other individuals invested in the future of the language. There are also important intra-group relationships within these stakeholding groups (e.g., between members of an Indigenous community, or language workers documenting signed languages and those documenting spoken languages) as well as inter-group relationships between different Indigenous communities. 

At ICLDC 2021 we propose to initiate a dialogue on how recognizing relationships can help overcome the many critical challenges in language documentation and language reclamation. We believe that this focus will lead to improved connections among academic linguists, various communities, researchers from other disciplines, educational practitioners, and many other stakeholders. We specifically aim to draw attention to the transformative power of recognizing relationships to overcome critical challenges.

Call for Workshop/Talk Story sessions: Expected deadline August 1, 2020

Call for Papers and posters: Expected deadline September 30, 2020

Both Calls will be posted here and advertised during June 2020

Please note that information on this page is subject to change depending on the COVID-19 pandemic and planning changes.

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Support for the 2021 ICLDC is provided in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.