Call for papers

The Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association (ASFLA) and The University of Queensland Business School (UQBS) invite you to submit abstracts for presentation at a two-day conference to be hosted onsite at the University of Queensland, Australia on 29 September – 1 October 2021.  

Submissions should contribute to the conference theme of Impact: Research, Education, Industry.

Key Dates

Abstract submissions open  15 May
Abstract submissions close (new date) 4 July
Notification to authors of acceptance (new date)          22 July
Conference registration

24 August – 15 September

(extended deadline of 27 September, for non-presenters only)

Pre-conference Institute CANCELLED
Conference  29 September – 1 October


First held in 1995, the Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association (ASFLA) Conference 2021 is an annual event that brings together linguists from around Australia. 

The conference welcomes contributions that use any aspect of Systemic Functional Linguistics (e.g., Appraisal Theory, Legitimation Code Theory).

The main purposes of this conference are to share insights, to support collaboration, and to promote SFL scholarship. Particular attention is paid to ensuring a diversity of speakers, including early- and mid-career academics. 

Following a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ASFLA2021 will take place onsite at The University of Queensland St Lucia Campus, from Wednesday 29 September to Friday 1 October, with a pre-conference institute on Tuesday 28 September.

In a symbolic acknowledgement of the impact of SFL research, the ASFLA conference will be hosted for the first time this year by the UQ Business School.

Conference Theme

Impact: Research, Education, Industry

Research impact is becoming increasingly important as the value of academic activities is measured in terms of their environmental, economic, and social outcomes. However, addressing contemporary issues in these areas also often requires an interdisciplinary effort. As an applicable linguistics, Systemic Functional Linguistics has taken up these challenges, time and again contributing to critical understanding and interventions across climate science, healthcare, media, business, and classroom practices, among others.

The 2021 ASFLA Conference aims to showcase research that highlights the impact of SFL in diverse contexts, including (but not limited to) business, economics, law, and education. We also aim to encourage discussions of how linguistic knowledge-creation can contribute to the big challenges of our time, such as gender equality, sustainability, and reconciliation.  

Call for Abstracts

We invite abstracts that showcase the impact of SFL in research, education, and/or industry.

Individual papers (20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions) addressing one of the UQ Business School’s key research areas are particularly welcome, but all topics will be considered:

  • Sustainability
  • Health care
  • Organizational practices and processes
  • Service innovation
  • Trust, ethics and governance

Papers focusing on languages other than English – especially Indigenous languages and Auslan are also especially welcome.

All abstracts will be reviewed by members of the organising committee, and notifications of acceptance will be made by 30 June 2021.

Submissions must include the following details:

  • Abstract Title
  • Name of author/s and organisational affiliation/s (including lead contact point)
  • Abstract (maximum 300 words)

How to Make a Submission

The deadline for all submissions is 23.59 GMT on 4 July, 2021 (new date).

Abstracts must be submitted online using the EasyChair

Please do not email your submissions to individual organising committee members.  

For further information, please visit the Conference Website or contact us via email at