GBS Members’ Meeting 2019

We cordially invite you to this year’s general meeting of the GBS, which will take place in Münster on Friday, the 8th of November, from 2 to 3.30 pm.

Before the general meeting, we invite you to a number of interesting talks that are open to the public and will start at 11.30 am.

All details about the program and the location can be found in the following PDF document.

Call for Abstracts – The COMELA 2020

The Conference on Mediterranean and European Linguistic Anthropology 2020
Following the growth of The Global Network for Linguistic Anthropology, we announce The COMELA 2020, The Conference on Mediterranean and European Linguistic Anthropology 2020.

Purpose and Structure – Over 500 scholars globally will gather to present papers and engage in progressive discussion on the Linguistic Anthropology, Language and Society, and related fields, of The Mediterranean and Europe. The COMELA is fully Non-Profit, where all publishing with the JOMELA (its scholarly journal) is free, as the COMELA refuses to implement a pay to publish system. The COMELA sources funding/grants to assist people in impeded economic positions, who require funding to access the COMELA Conference, and display strong ability in their work. COMELA proceedings will be indexed with SCOPUS and will contribute to ranked and cited publications for all those accepted to present, as well as publishing papers in Top Tier Journal Publication Special Issues.

Location – American University of Greece, Athens, Greece
Date – September 2-5, 2020

Theme – Bounded languages … Unbounded, a theme highly pertinent to Mediterranean and European regions and countries in the current climate of transnationalism. The COMELA 2020 theme, “Bounded languages … Unbounded,” encapsulates the ongoing struggle throughout Mediterranean and European regions. The tension between demarcation and legitimization of languages, language ideologies, and language identities, is entering an era where new modes of interactivity require language communities with roles superordinate to the past. Flexible citizenship now operates within, and not only across, language communities, to unbind languages, yet to create new boundaries never seen throughout history. The COMELA 2020 invites work on shifting boundedness of Language Communities of the Mediterranean and Europe. Submissions should acknowledge and describe processes of language shape, change, and ideology, pertinent to social, cultural, and political histories and futures, of Mediterranean and European regions, or work by those working in Mediterranean and European regions.
Keynote and Plenary Speakers – Jan Blommaert and other prominent Keynote Speakers

Official Partners

  • Taylor and Francis Global Publishers (Official Partners)
  • SOAS, University of London
  • University College London
  • Over 120 academic institutions globally (University of Hawai’i, Temple University, University of Illinois University, Montclair State University, Ohio State University, University College Dublin, Stockholm University, and so forth)
  • Scientific Committee of over 120 academics globally prominent in Linguistic Anthropology and related fields


Publications – Several Special (Top-Tier/Scopus/ISI/ACHI/SSCI) Journal issues and monographs are planned with well ranked publications and publishers only, from papers submitted to the COMELA 2020 that meet review requirements. Ample assistance is provided to revise papers.
Abstract Submissions – The Call for Abstracts is now open, at the following link, with all information.
Anthropological Excursion – Attica, Greece (final day) – Several options to select from.  


Nhan Huynh
Head of Communications

The COMELA 2020, September 2-5, 2020, The American College of Greece, Athens, Greece
(Theme: Bounded Language … Unbounded).
The world unites in Mediterranean and European Linguistic Anthropology

GBS general meeting 2018

The public part of the GBS general meeting (Friday, November 9th, 2018) will feature two talks (PDF):

  • Henrike Frye: “Das Raunsepna (PNG) Patenschaftsprojekt”
  • Sonja Gipper & Frank Seifart: “Bericht zur Ausstellung Was fremde Sprachen anders machen”

The talks will take place from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm in the seminar room of the Department of Linguistics, University of Cologne, Meister-Ekkehart-Str. 7, 2nd floor right side.

The general meeting of the GBS will take place from 1:30 pm till 3:00 pm in the same room.

Exhibition: What foreign languages do differently

We cordially invite you to the new exhibition What foreign languages do differently (Was fremde Sprachen anders machen), which will open at the Museum for Communication (Museum für Kommunikation) in Berlin on the 3rd of May. An invitation to this exhibition as well as further information can be found in the following flyer. The exhibition is a new and extended edition of the earlier exhibition “Raus mit der Sprache” (Spill the beans!) in Cologne (see bulletin 23), which was conceived and designed by Clara Henze, a graduate in design studies from Cologne, and supported by the GBS. The GBS board members Sonja Gipper, Nikolaus Himmelmann, and Frank Seifart were significantly involved in the conception and design of the Berlin exhibition, which will take place in the context of the so-called Humboldt theme year Languages of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and is also financially supported by this academy. The exhibition runs from May 4 to October 7.

A selection of further events surrounding the exhibition:

August 21, 2018, 6.30 pm Guided tour: Endangered language diversity – What is lost? (Bedrohte Sprachenvielfalt – Was geht verloren?) (Sonja Gipper, Gesellschaft für bedrohte Sprachen e.V.)

September 6, 2018, 6.30 pm to 8 pm Event: Small languages – big questions. What does linguistic field work investigate? (Kleine Sprachen – große Fragen. Was untersucht die linguistische Feldforschung?)

September 25, 2018, 6.30 pm Guided tour: Going on a language safari – Exploring and documenting languages (Auf Sprach-Safari – Fremde Sprachwelten erkunden und dokumentieren) (Frank Seifart, Gesellschaft für bedrohte Sprachen e.V.)