Internal seminar September 15, 2017

The research community CoCoLaC is going to organise an internal seminar in fall, 2017, and an international conference in spring, 2018.

The first planning meeting took place on Friday, March 17, 2017, 1-4 p.m. in Metsätalo, seminar room 25 (U40, sali 25).

Minutes of the planning meeting

Agenda item 1): Internal CoCoLaC-seminar in fall 2017

Date: 15.9.2017, afternoon (e.g. 1 to 6 pm / esim. klo 13-18)

We expect that every CoCoLaC-member presents a short paper on expectations and suggestions in regard to our research community, including information on existing research networks, current projects, plans for future research, and especially  ideas for common projects of several members, etc.

The presentation can take 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or 20 minutes.

Those who can’t take part in the seminar, should deliver

  • a video,
  • a PowerPoint-presentation or
  • at least a text on the subjects mentioned above, in advance.

We will also organise a video conference for those who cannot come to Helsinki, but are available at that time somewhere else. You will receive further information on this at the beginning of September.

Agenda item 2): Open CoCoLaC-conference in spring 2018


In the call for papers / invitation, we are going to mention two main areas of contributions we expect:

a) Intercultural pragmatics with focuses on practices in different cultures and languages, on historical pragmatics, on pragmatic aspects of phonetics, on the acquisition of foreign languages, on translation and interpretation practices, and on situations when different speakers use a language as lingua franca without being native speakers.

b) Cyberpragmatics as part of Digital Humanities and with a focus on communication via the Internet and interactions in the so-called social media, including how the communication (intentions, interpretations, etc.) is affected by the properties of the medium.

Date: 22.3. & 23.3.2018 (Thursday & Friday)

Organising comittee:

Hartmut Lenk, Eva Havu, Tuuli Holttinen, Begoña Sanroman.  

Scientific board:


1) Call for papers (spring 2017)

2) decision on the programme (applications for papers to be read)

Members: Eva Havu, Hartmut Lenk, Juhani Härmä, Begoña Sanroman, Elina Suomela-Härmä.

Keynote speakers:

In principle 1 invited guest for every of the four main languages of CoCoLaC plus 1 guest not bound to one of “our” languages, but who contributes to the theme comparative pragmatics.

French: Patricia von Münchow (Université Paris Descartes)

German: Jörg Kilian (Ernst-Albrechts-Universität Kiel)

Italian: Marcella Bertuccelli Papi (Pisa)

Spanish: Francisco Yus (Alicante)

Fifth guest: Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen (Berlin)


All the other participants [from outside CoCoLaC?] will have to pay a registration fee

The further planning will be done by the organizing committee.