Call for abstracts efsli 2015 conference


efsli 2015 conference

Deadline for submission: 8 February 2015


The Association of Polish Sign Language Interpreters (STPJM) is proud to host next year’s AGM and conference of the European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters (efsli) in Warsaw (Poland). The event will take place from 11th to 13th September 2015 under the title:





Following the conference theme, we will search for answers to questions that arise in connection to difficulties interpreters experience when interpreting from sign language to spoken language (speech and writing). Why interpreting in this direction is perceived as such a tough task for many interpreters? Where do our problems come from and how can they be dealt with? How to make our voice-over a success? How to teach it effectively? And finally, how to make sure that our Deaf customers can trust us with what they want to say?

We would like to reflect on academic and practical solutions that could remedy our anxieties from various perspectives.

Thus, we invite Deaf and hearing interpreters, interpreter trainers, researchers, students and customers of interpreting services to join in the professional discussions related to:

  • techniques and strategies of interpreting into a spoken language
  • methods of teaching interpreting into a spoken language
  • ethics of interpreting into a spoken language
  • Deaf interpreters and interpreting into a spoken language
  • writing sign language down
  • interpreter’s responsibility for the image of his/her Deaf customer
  • team interpreting and co-working in sign to voice interpreting

and whatever you consider interesting and relevant in this area of interpreting.


Presentations may be either:

  • Plenary lecture-style presentations of 40 minutes (30 minute
    presentation, 10 minutes for questions)
  • Practical workshops of 120 minutes (including an introductory
    note of 20 minutes, the moderation of the workshop, the
    preparation of a summary presented on Sunday)
  • Poster presentations (A1 format) (an exclusive time slot will be


Proposals should be submitted by 8 February 2015 and should include:

  1. Name of presenter(s)
  2. Short biography of each presenter (max. 100 words to be
    published online and in the program booklet)
  3. Contact details for correspondence
  4. Title of presentation
  5. Language of presentation
  6. Abstract (max. 300 written words/ video of two minutes max.)
  7. The choice of presentation (presentation, workshop, poster)


Proposals should be submitted in English in a Word document. Deaf participants may also submit their abstract in International Sign. The video format should be .mov or .flv. All proposals should be sent to (videos can be sent via or similar tools for sending big files).


The selection criteria will be based on relevance, significance, quality, originality, clarity, and overall presentation.
All abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee (listed in alphabetical order):

  • Robert Adam (Great Britain)
  • Klimis Antzakas (Greece)
  • Isabelle Heyerick (Belgium)
  • Aleksandra Kalata-Zawlocka (Poland) (Chair)
  • Peter Llewellyn-Jones (Great Britain)
  • Maya de Wit (Netherlands)
  • Christopher Stone (Great Britain)


Official notification of acceptance or rejection of proposals will be made by 31 March 2015.

Selected presenters will be required to register by 15 April 2015.

Full papers/PowerPoint presentations must be submitted no later than 31 July 2015.

Following the conference selected presenters are expected to submit their papers for the efsli 2015 conference proceedings.
Conference languages will be English, Russian, Polish, International Sign and Polish Sign Language. All presenters who wish to use a different spoken or signed language are advised to supply their own interpreters.

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