What is the T.W.I.S.T. Conference?
The T.W.I.S.T. Conference is organized annually by T.W.I.S.T., the study association for Linguistics students at Leiden University. Each year, the conference provides a truly academic yet open and informal platform for undergraduate (BA), graduate (MA) and postgraduate (PhD) students to present their original research to fellow students and researchers from all over the Netherlands and abroad.
The upcoming 2021 Conference is held online for three consecutive days, featuring a total of five keynote lectures by an expert in their field of study.
Through many engaging student talks, keynote lectures, and an interactive quiz, we strive to bring together linguistics students and other language enthousiasts from the most diverse research fields and subdisciplines.
Where is the Conference held?
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we have chosen to move this year's Conference to the virtual domain. Crowdcast.io will be our hosting platform. All you need in order to attend the Conference is a free Crowdcast account and a working internet connection. Read more about Crowdcast here.
We hope to see you in April at www.crowdcast.io.
How do I sign up as a speaker?
Anyone can submit their abstract, as long as the topic relates to linguistics. Submit your abstract here before February 1.
Those who have submitted their abstract have a chance to be selected as one of the 24 student speakers that make up the conference. We hope to receive submissions from BA, MA, and PhD students who can present their research in a 15-minute talk or prerecorded video. Five additional minutes will remain for answering questions from the audience.
Speaking at the conference will give you the chance to polish your presentation skills, and you might gain new insights in your own work through questions from the audience.
When is the Conference held?
The 2021 Conference is held on April 9 (Fri), April 10 (Sat), and April 11 (Sun). On each day, we open at 11:00 AM (GMT+1) with a welcome and a lecture by one of our five keynote speakers. Each day closes off at 3:30 PM (GMT+1) with a keynote lecture on Friday and Saturday, and a linguistics quiz on Sunday. If you're speaking or attending from abroad, please keep in mind the difference in time zone!
The official schedule will be published in February.
Where can I see the schedule?
The official schedule will be published in February, after the student speakers have been selected.
Language in Motion
We live in an ever-changing world — rarely is anything at stand-still. To emphasize the evolving nature of language and linguistics, we have picked 'Language in Motion' as this year's theme. This powerful metaphor (thank you Lakoff) is open for free interpretation: one might think of moving through space during migrations (past or present), envisage a language developing internally through time or conjure up the imagery of a (re)vitalized language ascending from the depths of collective oblivion to the hallmark of modern times: the Internet. How does your language move?
Who organizes the Conference?
The conference is organized by the Conference Committee of Studievereniging T.W.I.S.T., the study association for Linguistics at Leiden University. Meet the committee members here.