Workshop and Talk Story Proposals

Workshop and Talk Story Proposals (deadline: August 1, 2022)

Conference theme: “Centering Justice in Language Work”

Following a format introduced at the ICLDC 2017, we are including multiple 90-minute blocks on each day of the conference to be dedicated to two alternative conference activities: Talk Story Sessions and Workshops

Presentation Formats

Talk Story Sessions 

Introduced at ICLDC 2017 in response to participant feedback, ICLDC 2023 will again offer Talk Story sessions. These discussions will be led by an expert discussant and limited to 20-30 attendees per session. Each Talk Story will be repeated on different days of the conference, allowing ample opportunity for conference attendees to participate in the Talk Story Sessions of their choice. Talk Story sessions are meant to be fully interactive for participants, rather than a one-directional presentation of information. This format is particularly appropriate for discussing relationships, how we foster them, maintain them, and better understand their role in language reclamation and language documentation.


We also welcome proposals for Workshops on topics broadly relating to the conference theme. Each 90-minute workshop will be repeated on different days of the conference, allowing multiple opportunities for interested attendees to participate. Workshops will accommodate a larger number of participants and are intended to be more presentational and instructional in style than the Talk Story sessions. 

NSF Support Details

Thanks to generous support from the US National Science Foundation Dynamic Language Infrastructure – NEH Documenting Endangered Languages (DLI-DEL), we are able to offer honoraria up to US $750 (subject to taxation) for each selected Workshop and Talk Story Session. In the event that a Workshop or Talk Story Session is jointly presented by more than one individual, the presenter team will inform the ICLDC Executive Committee how to divide the award across the presenters. 

As a condition of acceptance, Workshop and Talk Story Session presenters must acknowledge support of the National Science Foundation in their presentations and future iterations of their research.

How to prepare your abstract proposal

  • Content: Abstracts should describe the content of the proposed Workshop or Talk Story, indicating how it relates to the conference theme. Successful abstracts will clearly address the proposed topic’s actual or potential social impacts, outcomes or implications.

  • Online Format: Talk Story Session and Workshop presenters will have access to the ICLDC’s Zoom Meeting or Webinar account features, and plenty of technical support and training from our Student Steering Committee, if necessary. In your abstract, please address the feasibility of holding your Talk Story Session or Workshop in an online, virtual format.
  • Abstract Length: Please limit your proposal to 400 words, not including references. 

  • Biography: Please include a 100-word biography describing the qualifications of each presenter. 
  • File Format: upload your abstract as an MS Word or PDF file. Name your file using the first author’s last name, e.g., “author.pdf.”
  • Language: Abstracts should be submitted in English, but presentations can be in any language. We particularly welcome presentations in languages of the region discussed. 
  • Authors may submit no more than one individual and one co-authored proposal (including participation in a paper or poster proposal), or no more than two co-authored proposals. In no case may an author submit more than one individually-authored proposal.
  • Proposals for the NSF-sponsored Workshops and Talk Story Sessions are due by August 1, 2022, with notification of acceptance by September 1, 2022.

The call for general conference proposals (papers and posters) can be found here, with a deadline of October 2, 2022.


  • May 2022: Call for Proposals announced
  • August 1, 2022: Proposals for Workshops and Talk Story Sessions deadline
  • September 1, 2022: Notification of acceptance to Workshops and Talk Story Sessions
  • October 9, 2022: Proposal deadline (extended) for general papers and posters
  • November 1, 2022: Notification of acceptance for general papers and posters
  • November 1, 2022: Early registration opens
  • January 31, 2023: Early registration deadline; late registration opens February 1
  • March 2 – March 5, 2023: 8th ICLDC


All questions about submissions should be emailed to