Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts and Participation
International Easy Language Day Conference (IELD) 2021, 27-28 May 2021

Keynote: Anna Matamala (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain)


This year, May 28 was officially declared the International Easy Language Day based on the date that the founding documents of Inclusion Europe were signed in 1988. As one of the most fruitful initiatives in its field, Inclusion Europe advocates for “equal rights and full inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities and their families in all aspects of society” (Inclusion Europe). Accessibility and comprehensibility of information have been central demands right from the beginning and are still the main pivotal issues for all people involved (e.g. researchers, practitioners, members of target groups) all over the world today.
To keep this spirit alive and do justice to the growing interest and awareness as well as to support international dialogue, discussion and exchange on the topic, we are excited to announce that the International Easy Language Day Conference (IELD ) 2021 will be hosted by the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz in Germersheim, Germany on and around this very noteworthy date. IELD 2021 will be held as a 100% virtual conference.

As a component of accessible communication and related to many other fields, we pursue research topics related to a broader understanding of Easy Language. Therefore, topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Linguistic features
  • Communication barriers (accessibility)
  • Multimodal + multilingual contexts
  • Comprehensibility
  • Addressee orientation (literacy, target groups)
  • Reception (methods)
  • Translation/Intralingual transposition
  • Participation
  • Stigmatisation (politics/social implications)
  • Education, training and professionalisation
  • Technologies

We invite abstract submissions of 300 words length plus references. Abstracts should be written in English and should be submitted as a PDF file through: Abstract submission

Important dates:
Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2021
Registration opens: March 1, 2021
Registration ends: May 15, 2021

We are pleased to announce that Anna Matamala (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain) has accepted our invitation to give a keynote presentation at the conference and that she will also be a member of our

Scientific Committee:

Sarah Ebling (Switzerland)
Laurent Gautier
Péter László Horváth
Susanne Jekat
Leealaura Leskelä
Christiane Maaß
Anna Matamala (Spain)
Klaus Miesenberger (Austria)
Xavier Moonen (Netherlands)
Óscar Garcia Muñoz (Spain)
Arne Nagels (Germany)
Elisa Perego (Italy)
Isabel Rink (Germany)
Ulla Vanhantalo (Finland)

More information to follow soon: IELD Website.

Best wishes,

The IELD organisers