ISFC 2018 Boston

(re)Imagining the Future: Expanding Resources and Making Connections

Congress: July 23–27, 2018

Pre-Congress: July 19-21, 2018


Chestnut Hill, MA, USA


Welcome to the 45th International Systemic Functional Congress. Since its origins, Systemic Functional Linguistic theory has been conceptualized as an ideologically committed form of social action. The theme “(re)Imagining the future: expanding resources and making connections” helps us consider how we can use SFL in robust ways to address and challenge current and future social issues such as global conflict, deficit migration policies, education inequity and racism. The theme also invites consideration on how to expand semiotic systems that can be used to challenge these issues and generate interdisciplinary knowledge (e.g. sociology and applied linguistics). Because of its focus on building bridges among disciplines, the conference theme also invites those with other linguistic perspectives to participate. Join us for a one of a kind transnational scholarly experience that engages us in global collaboration.



Register now for ISFC 2018 Boston

Key dates:

April 30th Early Bird Registration closes
July 1st Standard Registration closes, NO ON SITE REGISTRATION
July 19-21 Pre-Congress Institute
July 22 Exploring Boston- Freedom Trail
July 23-27 Congress
July 24th Book launches
July 25  Teacher Researcher Day *
July 25 Dine Around Boston
July 26  Congress Banquet
October 15th Call for Papers closes

One Day Event - Teachers as SFL Practitioners

Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 8:00am - 4:00pm

Interested in hearing about how U.S. K-12 teachers are using systemic functional linguistics in different classroom contexts? Join us for the teacher research strand of ISFC 2018 at Boston College!

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Plenary Speakers

Mariana Achugar

Mariana Achugar
Associate Professor
Hispanic Studies and Second Language Acquisition
Universidad de la República in Uruguay

Jim Martin

Jim Martin
University of Sydney

Tom Bartlett

Tom Bartlett
School of English, Communication and Philosophy
Cardiff University

Mary Schleppegrell

Mary Schleppegrell
School of Education
University of Michigan

Cecilia Colombi

Cecilia Colombi
Chair and Professor
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
University of California Davis

Stanton Wortham

Stanton Wortham
Charles F. Donovan, S.J., Dean
Lynch School of Education
Boston College