Call for papers


Panel proposals on any topic studied from a pragmatic perspective (including, but not restricted to the special theme) are invited by 1 September 2008However, to give organizers of accepted panel proposals more time to get their panels organized (as outlined below), proposals received by 15 June 2008 will already be evaluated before the end of June; this will allow for amendments in response to the committee’s comments, so that re-evaluation after 1 September is possible for proposals that are not already accepted in June.
Contributions to panels (subject to the panel organizer's prior approval – see below) and individual proposals for lectures and posters, on any topic studied from a pragmatic perspective (including, but not restricted to the special topic), are invited by 15 October 2008 29 October 2008.

Registration for early birds is already possible.

For any unanswered questions:

IPrA Secretariat
P.O. Box 33 (Antwerp 11)
B-2018 Antwerp

  • All submission procedures are web-based (i.e., paper copies or faxes will not be accepted, and e-mail attachments are permissible only if web-based submission does not work after following the recommendations you find when clicking ‘Help’ in the opening screen of the IPrA website). Click 'Contribute' to submit your contribution. Before doing so, however, read all of the following instructions.
  • The submission of proposals presupposes IPrA membership; i.e. the submission module will not be available to you if you are not recognized as a current member; membership can be arranged instantly by going to 'Membership application'.  
  • Panel proposals (deadlines 15 June 2008 – for early approval – and 1 September 2008; see above) have to consist of a brief outline (max. one average A4 or Standard-size page, single spacing, Times pt 12; i.e. ca 500 words) of the theme and purpose of the panel, with a first indication of the people the organizer(s) anticipate(s) to be involved as speakers. Panel organizers are asked to avoid, if at all possible, restricting their panels to an in-group; openness and diversity of perspectives is compatible with topical coherence. Immediately after the deadline the conference committee will, on the basis of the outline (weighed against other proposals in relation to the total number of available time slots), decide (i) whether the proposal is accepted, and (ii) how many 90-minute slots can be made available for the accepted panel. From that moment onwards, the organizer(s) is/are free to fill the allotted sessions in the way they see as most suitable to the theme and the purpose of their panel. Not all panels need to take the same form; some may work with sessions that emphasize discussion; others may want to fit in more (brief) oral presentations; the minimum number of presentations planned for one 90-minute session, however, should be three. Though it is the panel organizer(s) who take(s) active responsibility for the quality of the contributions to their panel (i.e. they decide what is accepted), abstracts should, for all panel contributions, be submitted by the 15 October 2008 29 October 2008 deadline that will be handled for individual submissions (see below). Panel organizers are expected to guide their participants in this process, so that all formal requirements are duly fulfilled and the abstracts live up to the expected international standards. This procedure implies that no-one can submit contributions for panels without the prior consent of the panel organizer(s). As a list of accepted panels will be available at the end of June (for early submissions) and in the second half of September (for later submissions), prospective participants are of course welcome to seek such prior consent by contacting the organizer(s) of the panel of their choice. As the number of slots for panels is limited, however, most participants will have to make an individual submission.
  • Individual proposals for lectures and posters should take the form of a brief abstract (equivalent to max. one average A4 or Standard-size page, single spacing, Times pt 12; i.e. ca 500 words); mind the 15 October 2008 29 October 2008 deadline. It is the individual submitter’s choice to submit for oral presentation (lecture) or a poster. For oral presentations, 30-minute slots will be available (including discussion time). Posters will be up for one whole day; during that day, there will be a free hour that can be used only for looking at and discussing posters. IPrA actively encourages the submission of posters; experience tells us that they often lead to more serious interaction and result in more lasting and fruitful contacts than oral presentations.
  • Because of heavy competition for slots in the program, no-one can be considered for more than one contribution of which he or she is the first author (whether panel contributions, lectures or posters). Anyone may be involved in a second or even a third paper if someone else is the first author and will be present at the conference as well. The web-based submission system recognizes as first author only the one who handles the submission process. While there is a restriction on the number of contributions of which one may be the first author (one only!), presenting a paper is always compatible with taking the role of organizer of a panel or acting as a discussant in a panel.

Note that abstracts should not be programmatic; they should be based on research that is completed or clearly in progress, with a well-formulated research question, and with a good description of the types of data used (if the work is empirical) and of the approach. For posters, a clear description of a research design may be acceptable, as this can lead to useful discussions in the early stages of a project.