iMean Conference 2015

by Craig Evans

Back in April, the fourth iMean conference was held at the University of Warwick. This was the first iMean outside of UWE. The conference – started in 2009 and staged every two years – is organised by Jo Angouri and Kate Beeching. This year, UWE’s Helen Watts was at the helm coordinating a group of Warwick and UWE students to help ensure the smooth running of the event, which by all accounts was a great success.

Rachael and I were there representing UWE’s English Language and Linguistics undergraduates. It was an exciting opportunity to experience a different university campus, to meet others interested in language research, and to experience some fascinating talks by academics at all levels. During our four days at the conference, we helped out with registration, organising signage, and directing delegates to the right rooms. In return for our efforts, we were able to attend the talks we wanted, to enjoy free breakfasts and a free drinks event, and to gain some valuable work experience (always good for the CV).

My personal highlights were experiencing the camaraderie of the group of student volunteers, attending a pre-conference workshop on ‘caring discourses and a discourse of caring’, and getting to listen to plenaries by Paul Baker, Deborah Cameron, and Penny Eckert.

I would definitely recommend this as something for other students to do, should the opportunity arise for undergraduates to volunteer at iMean 2017.

Here a few photos from the event…

Delegates enjoying some poster presentations

Delegates enjoying some poster presentations

Deborah Cameron speaking about 'Impact in Sociolinguistics' (from @5herrycxz)

Deborah Cameron speaking about ‘Impact in Sociolinguistics’ (from @5herrycxz)

Meredith Marra on 'fitting in at work' (from @5herrycxz)

Meredith Marra on ‘fitting in at work’ (from @5herrycxz)

Rachael enjoying the conference

Rachael enjoying the conference

Me with Jeanette and Dan Everett's book on Linguistic Fieldwork

Me with Dan Everett’s and Jeanette’s book on Linguistic Fieldwork

Kate introducing Penny Eckert (from @5herrycxz)

Kate introducing Penny Eckert (from @5herrycxz)

Paul Baker's plenary on press representations of Muslims (from @5herrycxz)

Paul Baker’s plenary on press representations of Muslims (from @5herrycxz)

Student volunteers, organisers, and distinguished plenary speakers

Student volunteers, organisers, and distinguished plenary speakers

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