Call for Papers (English)

[Update: The deadline for abstract submission for talks and workshops has ended.]

[The Call for Papers can be downloaded here)

3rd Linguistic Conference for Doctoral Students: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Language, Discourse, and Culture

Universität Heidelberg, April 5th and 6th, 2013

We cordially invite you to the 3rd Linguistic Conference for Doctoral Students (“Sprachwissenschaftliche Tagung für Promotionsstudierende”, STaPs), which will be held on April 5th and 6th, 2013 at Heidelberg University. The overarching topic of the conference will be

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Language, Discourse, and Culture.

We warmly invite doctoral students at all stages in their graduate work and of every linguistic field and discipline to present their projects and to exchange ideas and network with other doctoral students.

Additionally, the 3rd STaPs is explicitly directed towards interested doctoral students in all other areas of the humanities, social sciences, and cultural sciences who would like to discuss the role of language, discourse, and culture in their doctoral projects in an interdisciplinary setting.

The conference provides doctoral students the opportunity to present specific aspects or current challenges within their projects in problem-oriented talks that leave a substantial amount of room for discussion. This allows students to discuss difficulties and develop strategies to solve these problems in an informal and interdisciplinary environment. In addition, the program will include interactive and interdisciplinary workshops on methodological and general questions regarding doctoral projects in the areas of language, discourse, and culture.

The 3rd StaPs offers doctoral students the possibility to share their experiences with other young researchers from a wide range of disciplines and receive feedback on their work from peers. In contrast to other academic conferences, participants do not need to present finished products. Instead, students can share and discuss work in progress and challenges in their doctoral project in a pressure-free environment.

Empirically-oriented and theoretically-oriented projects are equally welcome. Moreover, we warmly welcome participants who would like to exchange ideas and network with other doctoral students, but do not wish to give a talk.

In order to submit abstracts for talks (20 minute talk + 20 minute discussion) or workshops (60 minutes) please send an email with the abstract attached to:

To register for the conference, follow this link:


The conference languages are German and English.

Deadline for Abstracts (German or English, max. 350 words): 15.02.2013

Deadline for Conference Registration: 15.03.2013