SCLC-2020: The Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Conference (December 4-6, 2020) – Call for papers

We would like to announce an important update:

We are extending the deadline for submissions until June 15, 2020.

We still hope to have the conference as scheduled in December 2020. The confirmed invited speaker of the conference is Martin Haspelmath (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) and Steven Clancy (Harvard University).

In case it will not be possible to hold SCLC-2020 in December, the event will be moved to June 2021. We have now the exact dates for this plan B: June 4-6, 2021. The confirmed invited speakers of the conference in June 2021 are Martin Haspelmath (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History), Sergey Say (Institute for Linguistic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Laboratory of Typology), and Steven Clancy (Harvard University).

In case of plan B, all abstracts accepted for December 2020 will be automatically accepted for June 2021.

There are two more events in June 2021 that are of interest for cognitive linguists and will take place right after SCLC (Plan B), so that it is possible to attend all three events:

  • In June 7-9 2021, there will be a course “Statistical Modeling for Linguists” by Bodo Winter (University of Birmingham, UK) (read more here; concerning registration for the course contact the local organizer Gillian Ramchand at
  • In June 10-11 2021, we will hold a Summer Seminar of the Norwegian Cognitive Linguistics Association (NORKOG Sommerseminar, confirmed invited speakers are Maarten Lemmens (Université de Lille) and Hanne M. Eckhoff (University of Oxford); the language of the conference is Norwegian).

Sincerely yours,

Organizing Committee of the SCLC-2020

The Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Association (SCLA) will hold its 17th conference on December 4-6, 2020 at UiT The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø, Norway. The conference will be locally organized and hosted by the CLEAR research group led by Tore Nesset and Laura A. Janda at UiT.

We invite abstracts for 20+10 min presentations on any topic of relevance to Slavic Cognitive Linguistics. Abstracts should be based on work that has not yet been published. We especially encourage submissions from young researchers. Abstracts can be written in English or in any Slavic language. For more details see the abstract submission section.

Invited speakers

  • The confirmed invited speaker is Martin Haspelmath (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History)

Important dates

  • June 15, 2020: NEW deadline for abstract submission
  • May 22, 2020: Abstract submission deadline
  • June 30, 2020: Notification of acceptance
  • August 20, 2020: Early bird registration
  • December 4-6, 2020: Conference dates
  • June 4-6, 2021: Conference dates for Plan B (if we are not allowed to hold the conference in December 2020)


  • The conference will take place on Tromsø campus of UiT The Arctic University of Norway in the town of Tromsø, Norway. UiT is the northernmost university of the world. Tromsø is located more than 300 km north of the Arctic Circle. One can say that Tromsø is the gateway to the Arctic, the major town in Arctic Norway, an administrative centre and historically also the point of departure for Polar expeditions. Today, Tromsø is a modern town of over 70,000 inhabitants. Read more about Tromsø here.

Abstract submission

  • Abstracts can be written in English or in any Slavic language.
  • Abstracts should not be longer than 500 words, including references.
  • Please refrain from any self-identification in the body of the abstract.
  • Each individual may be involved in a maximum of two abstracts (maximum one as sole author).
  • Abstracts should be submitted via EasyChair. Abstract submission link is
  • The deadline for abstract submission is May 22, 2020. Please, note that the NEW deadline for abstract submission is June 15, 2020. The same abstract submission link can be used.
  • Authors will be notified of acceptance / rejection by June 30, 2020.

Conference fees

  • No conference fees

Conference dinner

  • No fees
  • Details will be provided later

Getting to Tromsø

  • Most of the city of Tromsø is located on the island of Tromsøya
  • Tromsø has a very convenient airport Langnes (website).
  • The easiest way to get to Tromsø is by air, with frequent flights throughout the day from Oslo with both SAS and Norwegian.
  • It is possible to land in Tromsø from some international destinations: London Gatwick (Norwegian), London Luton (Wizzair), Helsinki (Finnair), Stockholm (SAS), Frankfurt (Lufthansa), Munich (Lufthansa), Gdansk (Wizzair) (Information correct at time of writing: 10/3/20).
  • Tromsø does not have a train station. It is possible to take a train up to Narvik (via Sweden), and then take a bus from Narvik to Tromsø.


Weather conditions

  • The average winter temperature in Tromsø is around -4 °C (about 25°F). You can check the weather forecast atø/Tromsø/long.html.
  • Inside the university buildings it is warm and comfortable, so you do not need thick clothes inside.
  • There is an underground transit between many buildings on campus, so it is possible to go from the conference venue to the student cafeteria without going outside the building.

Things to do in Tromsø

  • You may wish to take advantage of your time in the Arctic to explore the wonders of Northern Norway. Some activities available to tourists at this time of year include:
  • Dog sledding
  • Whale safari
  • Chasing the Northern Lights
  • Skiing
  • For more tourist information two useful websites include: “Visit Tromsø!” and “Tromsø Wilderness Centre

Getting around in Tromsø

Taking the bus in Tromsø

  • Timetables for buses are available at the bus stops or at the website You can also use the app TromsReise (free and available to download at
  • On the bus, you can pay by cash (the most expensive option, about 50 NOK) or by using a pre-paid bus card, or purchase a smartphone ticket via the app Troms Mobillett (this way the ticket is cheaper, it costs 35 NOK at
  • When getting on the bus, enter the bus through the front doors, so that the bus driver can sell you a ticket (if you pay cash) or validate your smartphone ticket.
  • Note that the bus drivers do not accept bank cards, only cash.
  • Bus stops are usually not announced, but most buses have screens with a route.
  • In order to get off at a bus stop, you should press the Stop button on the bus beforehand; bus drivers do not automatically stop at each stop.

Getting to the venue

  • The conference will take place at the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education (or SV HUM, henceforth the Faculty of Humanities). This is a red brick building close to the UiT bus stop and very easy to find.
  • In order to get to the conference venue, you can take a bus (routes 20, 21 or 34) from Tromsø centre. The bus leaves from the stop called Fr. Langes gate (F4) in the centre of town approximately every ten minutes on weekdays.
  • Get off the bus at the stop called Planetariet /UiT or the next stop called UiT.
  • Depending on the weather and the number of stops, the bus will take you from the centre to the university campus in 10 to 20 minutes.
  • If you get off the bus at Planetariet /UiT, cross the road, walk along the path for about two minutes, passing by the red brick Administration building and before you see the entrance of the red brick Humanities building.

Getting around on UiT campus

  • In order to find locations on campus, you can use the Campus map at
  • In order to find a room, use the window “Søk etter rom” (“search for room”) by typing the room number in this window.

Organizing Committee

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