Call for workshop proposals 

We are pleased to announce that the call for workshop proposals for the Biennial of Czech Linguistics (BCL) is now open. The Biennial will take place at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague, from September 18 to 20, 2024

The Biennial of Czech Linguistics is a new conference, which is intended for all linguists in the Czech Republic, but also welcomes international participants with links to Czech linguistics. The conference is held under the auspices of Jazykovědné sdružení České republiky. The Biennial will be a moving event; we expect that the next edition (2026) will be held in another city in the Czech Republic. 

Following the format of meetings of the Societas Linguistica Europaea or Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft, the Biennial will consist mainly of thematic workshops organised by linguists from Czech academic and scientific institutions. In addition to the thematic workshops, plenary lectures by invited speakers (also from abroad), a general poster session, and a workshop open to the public and the media are planned. The organization will thus be distributed among local organizers and convenors of thematic workshops. Workshops may focus on different linguistic sub-disciplines, different languages, interdisciplinary approaches, methodological issues or different theoretical and descriptive approaches. 

If you are interested in organizing a thematic workshop, please send your proposal no later than on October 1, 2023, to Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. 

Workshop proposal requirements 

A workshop proposal consists of the items listed below. Please use the dedicated template.  

  1. Workshop title. 
  2. Convenors’ names. 
  3. Affiliation and contact (e-mail) of the convenors (at least one must be from an institution in the Czech Republic). 
  4. Workshop description summarizing the main topics, research questions and objectives, including references (max. 500 words excluding references). 
  5. Expected number of papers (between 6 and 15); the tentative plan is 20 minutes for presentation plus 10 minutes for discussion. 
  6. List of expected topics along with the names of presenters who have been preliminarily approached by the workshop convenors and are willing to submit abstracts for review. This should be approximately half of the total number of papers planned for the workshop. If the workshop proposal is accepted, the participants contacted so far as well as other participants interested in the workshop will submit abstracts by the general deadline specified below. The workshop convenors may also invite one or two invited speakers to the workshop (without financial contribution from the conference organizers) whose papers will not be subject to review. 
  7. Language of the workshop (Czech, Slovak or English). 
  8. Optional item: a proposal for an anticipated publication output of the workshop (e.g. special issue of a journal, collective monograph; to be accomplished by the workshop convenors). 

Workshop proposals should be formulated in the language of the workshop. Proposals will go through a review process and the program committee will decide about their inclusion in the conference program.

Submission of abstracts for accepted workshops and for the general poster session 

Once a workshop proposal has been accepted (notification by November 17, 2023), a call for abstracts for the Biennial will be issued. Authors of abstracts will choose which workshop they wish to submit their paper to, or whether they prefer to present a poster outside the thematic workshops. Each abstract will be evaluated by three experts. With workshop abstracts, one of the evaluations will be provided by the workshop convenors.