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The annual Autumn Symposium of the Finnish Association of Applied Linguistics (AFinLA) will be held 13-14 November 2015 at the  University of Helsinki.

The theme of the symposium is “The language user in changing institutions”. As in previous years, we welcome papers on all topics within applied linguistics. The working methods of the symposium include individual presentations, poster presentations, colloquia and workshops. 

Our invited speakers are:

Theresa Lillis, Open University, UK

Alexandre Duchêne, Université de Fribourg, Switzerland

Liisa Tainio, Helsingin yliopisto, Finland

The abstracts for both individual presentations and posters are limited to 300 words, including references. The time allotted to section papers will be 20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion. The maximum poster size is A0.

The duration of a colloquium is either 90 or 180 minutes. The convenors of a colloquium are asked to submit a description of the theme of the colloquium (max. 500 words). The description should include a list of the contributors and their titles in the order in which the presentations will be given. In addition, all colloquium contributors are required to submit individual abstracts (max. 300 words) in which they indicate the name of the colloquium in which they are going to present. Colloquia can also take the form of a panel, in which case the duration is 90 minutes. Panel contributors do not need to submit a separate abstract, but panel convenors should submit a 500-word description of the proposed panel and list the names of panel contributors.

The duration of a workshop is either 90 or 180 minutes. The organisers of workshops are asked to submit a description of the workshop (max. 500 words). 

Proposals should be sent as an email attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 4 September 2015. The main languages of the AFinLA symposium are Finnish and English, but presentations in other languages are also welcome. Please note that if you wish to present a paper at the AFinLA symposium, you need to be a member of AFinLA or an AILA affiliate organization. More information on how to become a member of AFinLA can be found online at:

Local organising committee: Anna Solin (chair), Niina Hynninen, Maria Kela, Simo Määttä, Taru Nordlund, Ulla Tiililä, Johanna Vaattovaara and Hanna-Mari Pienimäki (conference secretary). You can e-mail the organisers at afinla-2015@helsinki

More information on the symposium is available on the symposium website at