About the five virtual conferences

Five linguistics conferences


All were orginally planned as physical events at different European locations. All chose to transition to a virtual format rather than cancel or postpone. 

All chose different solutions for the same challenge. Download a comparative overview  here.



ICAME 41 (20-23 May 2020) was the 41st annual conference of the International Computer Archive of Modern and Medieval English (ICAME), an international organization of linguists and information scientists working with English machine-readable texts. Therefore, the conference has a strong focus on corpus and computational linguistics. For ICAME 41 the chosen theme, even prior to shifting to a fully digital conference, has been Language and Linguistics in a Complex World: Data, Interdisciplinarity, Transfer, and the Next Generation. While initially the conference would have been held in Heidelberg (Germany), the decision was made to shift towards a digital conference given the ongoing corona crisis. A detailed report about this shift and about organizing the conference will appear in the International Journal of Corpus Linguistics very soon. 


Corpora & Discourse 2020 (17-19 June 2020) was the fourth conference in this biennial series (previously hosted by Lancaster, Siena, Bologna) which showcases research combining corpus linguistics and discourse analysis in all forms and under all names. Our aim is to bring together all researchers who are interested in how discourse/s are structured, patterned or received and who use corpus linguistics in their work. The conference would have been held at University of Sussex but obviously covid-19 made that impossible. We decided to move online to try and return a little normality to a strange and unsettled time and felt that it really fulfilled that additional role.


RaAM 2020 (18-21 June 2020) was the 13th conference for the Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor. RaAM is an open community of researchers of metaphor, metonymy and other forms of figurative expression. RaAM is interdisciplinary, welcomes a broad range of research methods, and focuses on applications to real-world contexts. The theme of RaAM 2020 was ‘Metaphorical creativity in a multilingual world’. The conference was hosted by the Faculty of Education at Inland University of Applied Sciences, and we were looking forward to welcoming metaphor experts to Hamar, Norway. That clearly didn’t happen, but we still had fun & learned loads.



The fourteenth edition of the biennial TaLC (Teaching and Language Corpora) conference (13-17 July 2020), organised in association with the research network E-GRAPHELES in 2020, aims to provide a platform for sharing current research on applying corpora in teaching and learning languages. This conference is organised in two instalments: the first (15-18 July), open to the traditional concerns of the TaLC community, with English as a working language, and the second (October 15-17 – most probably largely online too) centring on the E-GRAPHELES group (French, Spanish, Catalan). The aim is to make Perpignan a hub of activity for the best applied corpus research currently on offer, ranging from technical or practical aspects through to theoretical concerns.


The UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference (27-29 July 2020) is the flagship conference of the UK cognitive linguistics community, being an important event to connect researchers interested in the intersection of language and cognition. The Department of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Birmingham was excited to be given the opportunity to host this event on our gorgeous campus and invite people to experience the vibrant city of Birmingham…. but alas, the world has changed. We decided to move the conference online, thus hosting the first ever Virtual UKCLC.