from Arran Stibbe:

The Fifth International Conference on Ecolinguistics (ICE-5)

Theme: “Ecolinguistics in action: tackling real-world issues” Monday 17th August to Thursday 20th August 2020

University of Liverpool, United Kingdom


Call for Papers

Submission Deadline: 1st March 2020 Contact email:

“I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is.” (Greta Thunberg)

The University of Liverpool is pleased to announce that it will be hosting ICE-5: the Fifth International Conference on Ecolinguistics, in Liverpool, from the 17th to the 20th August 2020. The theme of the conference is Ecolinguistics in action: tackling real-world issues. The conference aims to create a dynamic and stimulating space for discussions and sharing of knowledge from across all relevant disciplines in an attempt to engage academics with different perspectives and ideas on how to use ecolinguistic research to bring about change. Ecolinguistics explores the role of language in the life- sustaining interactions of humans, other species and the physical environment. One aim of ecolinguistics is to develop linguistic theories which see humans not only as part of society, but also as part of the larger ecosystems that life depends on. Another aim is to show how linguistics can be used to address key ecological issues, from climate change and biodiversity loss to environmental justice. ICE-5 will focus particularly on this second aim, and build on the themes of previous ICE conferences (held in Denmark and China) which explored how linguistics can contribute to the creation of ecological civilisations. ICE-5 will place a particular emphasis on practically resisting the hegemonic narratives of industrial civilisations and working towards concrete changes which can help more ecologically beneficial forms of society emerge.

“People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth.” (Greta Thunberg)

Accordingly, we aim to create a multidisciplinary context where researchers in any discipline who are interested in both language and ecological issues can meet. This includes not only linguists but researchers from areas such as a) environmental communication and ecomedia, b) environmental science and ecology, c) ecological humanities such as ecological anthropology, ecocriticism or ecopsychology, d) business subjects such as environmental economics or ethical marketing, d) ecological social and political sciences.  

One of the aims of ecolinguistics is to challenge conventional forms of language and social organisation and to contribute to emerging new forms. In line with this, ICE5 will include not only conventional paper presentations but also a variety of more interactive sessions including round table discussions, outdoor sessions, interactive workshops, poetry and storytelling events, mindfulness activities, and public engagement.

“You must unite behind the science. You must take action. You must do the impossible. Because giving up can never ever be an option.” (Greta Thunberg)

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers, poster presentations, 60-minute round table discussions, outdoor workshops, mindfulness or ecosomatic sessions, or 30 minute creative performance/spoken word/storytelling sessions.

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words to by Sunday 1st March 2020, accompanied by a short biography (100 words). Presenters will be announced by Sunday 5rd April 2020.