IPrA conference sites are chosen by the IPrA Consultation Board on the basis of criteria corresponding to the different issues touched upon in the periodical call for proposals (the next one being for IPrA 2021, the 17th International Pragmatics Conference).
Key issues are geographic spread and regional accessibility, in addition to the academic quality of the bidding team and the anticipated special theme area.
At the conferences
- diversity is aimed at in the choice of plenary speakers (so far, only one colleague has been asked for a plenary more than once in the entire history of the Association)
- thematic panels are never programmed across more than one day, in order to encourage communication across groups of like-minded scholars rather than to construct a program with numerous parallel mini conferences
- younger scholars and students are particularly encouraged to participate
- IPrA strongly encourages submitting papers for poster presentations. Past experience with poster sessions has been very good: they provide more opportunities for feedback and personal contacts than oral lectures. Posters can stay up for the whole duration of the conference, and a poster period is programmed during which there is no competition with any other conference events. Moreover, while research presented in lectures is expected to have been completed or at least to be in full progress, poster presentations also lend themselves to expositions of a clear research design, thus providing opportunities for discussion in the early stages of a project.
For future conferences, CONFERENCE PROPOSALS may be made by IPrA members, following the instructions to be found in a file below as soon as a new call is launched. The latest call, for the 2021 edition, was 1 July 2018 and is now closed.