The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas

CoLang 2020 Call for Proposals

The Advisory Circle of CoLang is formally soliciting proposals for hosting the 2020 Institute on Collaborative Language Research (InField/CoLang). Prior to sending a final proposal, please send expressions of interest to the co-conveners by 15 September 2017. Final proposals are due by 15 October 2017.

Proposals should take the form of a two-to-three page submission that

  1. presents the qualifications of the proposed Director(s);
  2. outlines any Institute-particular themes or approaches;
  3. presents possible fundraising strategies and sources of internal/institutional support, including participant scholarships (fundraising, evaluating applications and administering);
  4. states the likely available resources for personnel, food and housing (200+ attendees for 2 weeks, 50 attendees for an additional 3 weeks), providing rooms and computer projectors for 6 classes of 40 people plus a meeting space for all 200+ participants.

The Advisory Circle prioritizes proposals that involve both an Indigenous language community(s) and an academic institution and that state what role and voice they will have in the Institute. One additional page can be added to list any already-known funding or in-kind contributions.

Proposals should be emailed to both Advisory Circle co-conveners, Ewa Czaykowska-Higgens ( and Susan Gehr (

All proposals received by the due dates will be considered by the Advisory Circle. The Advisory Circle may request additional information. Due to the nature of the event, priority is given to a local organizing committee whose members (at least one) have participated substantially in earlier CoLang Institutes. If selected, the Director(s) will head the Local Organizing Committee and will work closely with the Advisory Circle to develop themes, courses, course content, and instructors. CoLang has an established partnership with the Linguistics Society of America, and the Director(s) and Local Organizing Committee will therefore also work with the LSA.

The duties of the Local Organizing Committee are outlined in this paragraph from the Charter

A given year’s Institute is organized and run by a Local Organizing Committee. The committee has the primary responsibility for that Institute. These responsibilities include major fundraising, advertising, all Institute administration including faculty and speaker contracts and payments, arranging IRB approval and dealing with issues of informed consent for the practicum (and elsewhere, if required), arranging venues, travel and visas, and accommodations for all participants, as well as volunteer staffing, airport transfers, social events, evaluation, and follow up reporting, and any other routine things as necessary. Programmatic decisions are made with guidance from the Advisory Committee. The local committee consists of a minimum of two members. One or more external members of the organizing committee might also be appointed, at the discretion of the local committee. In addition, the Local Organizing Committee might ask for others to take on particular organizing roles (e.g., talks, organization of evening and weekend activities, coordination of multi-instructor workshops).

The 2018 Institute will be hosted by Aaron Broadwell, James Essegbey, Brent Henderson, Eric Potsdam at the University of Florida; the 2016 Institute was hosted by Siri Tuttle, Alice Taff, Larry Kaplan, Anna Berge, and Gary Holton at the University of Alaska Fairbanks; and the 2014 Institute was hosted by Colleen Fitzgerald at the University of Texas at Arlington. Proposals for hosting these institutes may be available from the co-conveners upon request.

We look forward to hearing from those of you interested in hosting in 2020. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about hosting or the process of applying.


Susan Gehr and Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins

Co-Conveners CoLang Advisory Circle

Updated: August 9, 2017 — 4:04 pm

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