8th International Conference on Late Modern English (LModE8)

Oct. 2, 2024 - Oct. 4, 2024


The 8th International Conference on Late Modern English (LModE-8) will be held at the University of Salamanca (Spain) on 2-4 October 2024, organised by members of the DING (English Dialectology and the History of the English Language) research group.

The theme of the conference is ‘Unheard voices, forgotten Englishes in Late Modern times’. We invite abstracts on the ‘other’ Englishes of the Late Modern period in England and beyond, with special emphasis on overseas varieties of English, provincial speech, the language of specific social groups / individuals, as well as archival materials and methodologies that can advance our knowledge of less-investigated forms of English during this time. Proposals that deal with other topics related to Late Modern English will also be welcome.

The following plenary speakers have confirmed their participation:

• Prof. Anita Auer (Université de Lausanne)
• Prof. Lynda Mugglestone (University of Oxford)
• Prof. Laura Wright (University of Cambridge)

As in previous editions, LModE-8 will run over three days in parallel sessions and will offer a number of social activities that include a walking tour of the historic city centre, a visit to the Old Library, and a trip.

Submission instructions:

We invite abstracts for the following formats:

1. Full papers: 20-min. presentation + 10-min. discussion.

Abstracts of full papers should be 300-400 words (excluding references) and should clearly indicate the main research question(s), the methodology, and (anticipated/ provisional) findings. They should be anonymous and submitted via EasyAbs at:


2. Thematic panels: 4 / 5 papers (20-min. + 10-min. discussion each) on a shared topic(s) within the remit of the conference theme.

Authors interested to convene a thematic panel should address their proposals to [email protected]. The proposals (in Word format) should include (a) the title of the panel; (b) the names and affiliations of the proposed participants; (c) a description (c. 500 words) of the rationale, topic(s) and aim(s) of the panel; as well as (d) the abstracts of the 4 / 5 papers to be presented during the session. Panel convenors would be responsible for contacting participants and putting their abstracts together before submitting their proposal. The abstracts, which will be reviewed by the LModE-8 scientific committee, should be 300-400 words (excluding references), and indicate the main research question(s), their methodology and main findings, as well as how they contribute to the overarching topic(s) of the panel.

* Please note that authors may submit up to two abstract proposals only if one of them is a contribution to a thematic panel (e.g. full paper + panel paper OR panel paper + panel paper).

Submissions open: Oct. 2, 2023 - Jan. 31, 2024

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