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Scholarly Pathways:

Knowledge Transfer and Knowledge Exchange in Academia


An International Conference hosted by CERLIS

University of Bergamo, Italy


(21-23 June 2018)


Call for papers


Online access marks a major turning point in the history of academic communication. On the one hand, academics tend to maximize their online presence and, on the other, they can take full advantage of digital media to search for specialized content. The communicative immediacy of the new medium, the opportunity to engage with wider audiences, and the spectrum of genres/hybridized forms made available by online platforms, are all factors influencing the way scholars codify knowledge which can be easily located, comprehended and assimilated by disciplinary communities. This international conference investigates how and to what extent digital technologies have impacted the language of scholars for knowledge dissemination (KD). The conference contributes to the national research programme ‘Knowledge dissemina­tion across media in English: continuity and change in discourse strategies, ideo­logies, and epistemologies’, financed by the Italian Ministry for the Univer­si­ty (PRIN 2015 no.2015TJ8ZAS).


Plenary lectures will be delivered by the following keynote speakers:

  • Marina Bondi (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy)
  • Jan Engberg (Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • Ken Hyland (The University of East Anglia, United Kingdom)
  • Carmen Perez-Llantada (University of Zaragoza, Spain)


Abstracts and presentations should reflect at least one of the following conference themes:

1.       Linguistic and textual features of KD

2.       New genres of KD

3.       Multilingualism and cultural aspects of KD

4.       Cognitive aspects of KD

5.       KD and EAP/ESP

6.       KD and multimedia / multimodal communication

7.       Diachronic perspectives on KD



Organizing committee


- Maurizio Gotti

- Stefania M. Maci

- Michele Sala

- Larissa D’Angelo

- Patrizia Anesa

- Gabriella Carobbio


Scientific Committee


-  Marina Bondi (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy)

-  Nicholas Brownlees (University of Florence, Italy)

-  Belinda Crawford Camiciottoli (University of Pisa, Italy)

-  Giuliana Garzone (University of Milan, Italy)

-  Maurizio Gotti (University of Bergamo, Italy)

-  Rita Salvi (‘Sapienza’ University of Rome, Italy)



Conference Programme



Book of abstracts



Map (Upper Town)



Conference venue


The Conference will be hosted by CERLIS, the research centre on specialized discourse operating at the University of Bergamo, an institution where research has always been in the foreground and where various national and international conferences have already been organized (see http://www.unibg.it/cerlis ).





The conference will start on Thursday morning and end at lunchtime on Saturday.

As for accompanying persons, while there is no dedicated programme for them during the conference, they are very welcome to register for the social events listed in the registration form.





The conference room is equipped with OHP, microphone and video projector for Powerpoint presentations – there is no need to bring your own laptop, but your presentation should be fully Windows compatible. Please make sure you bring ca. 80 copies of any handouts you may have, as last-minute photocopying is likely to be expensive.



Deadlines to remember


  • Submission of abstracts: No later than 31st October 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: 30th November 2017
  • Early registration: No later than 31st January 2018
  • Standard registration: No later than 30th April 2018
  • Late registration: No later than 10th June 2018





Online registration can be effected between 01.01.2018 and 10.06.2018 using the form here attached.

The fee includes a welcome evening reception, and tea / coffee breaks.

Early registration

(before 31.01.2018)

 € 150

Standard registration

(between 01.02.2018 and 30.04.2018)

 € 180

Late registration

(between 01.05.2018 and 10.06.2018)

 € 210


Please note:

No registration can be processed unless a copy of the bank transfer is attached or your online payment has been effected.

No registration will be processed after 10th June 2018.

No partial registration is envisaged, so it will not be possible to register for just one or two days.

All bank charges are to be borne by the participant.


Cancellation policy:

All cancellations should be notified no later than 10th June 2018. In any case, a cancellation fee of 30 euros will be charged. Reimbursements will be by bank transfer after the Conference closure.




Methods of payment:



a. by bank transfer to Università degli Studi di Bergamo

1) Payment from participants:

c/o UBI BANCA SPA, Piazza Vittorio Veneto - 24100 Bergamo (I)

account no.: 21108

IBAN: IT94Z0311111101000000021108



2) Payment from Italian Universities/Institutions:

Conto in Banca d’Italia: 0147013


Reason for bank transfer (must be indicated in the form): CERLIS2018

Please remember that all bank charges are to be borne by the participant.

Also remember to email a copy of your bank transfer, together with the registration form, to cerlis@unibg.it as soon as the transfer has been made.


The registration form is available here (participants may register starting from January 2018).



b. by credit card (online payment) - only VISA and MASTERCARD

(a 2% bank charge will be added automatically to your total amount)


The online registration will be activated here at the beginning of January 2018.


After your Registration, you will be informed of the total amount to pay and the procedures for payment.

Payment must then be made within 7 days; if payment has not been made in that period and a new fee period has been entered, then you will receive a new total.



Travel information


Bergamo is in Northern Italy, 50 kms north-east of Milan, on the way to Lake Garda and Venice. Thanks to its international airport (sometimes advertised as ‘Milan-Orio al Serio’, or Milan-BGY), Bergamo can be reached by plane from many European cities; alternatively, participants may fly to Milan and take a train to Bergamo.


Getting to Bergamo

Stopover in Milan

Map of Bergamo – Upper Town

Map of Bergamo – Lower Town




Accommodation and meals


Participants are invited to make their own accommodation arrangements. Both in the Lower Town and in the Upper Town various hotels are available, from relatively inexpensive to luxury: below you will find a list of possible contacts. Early booking is highly recommended, as Bergamo is a popular tourist destination throughout the year.

As for meals, many restaurants and bars are located in the neighbourhood of the Conference venue.







Name and contact details




Upper Town


Relais San Lorenzo, http://www.relaisanlorenzo.com/


Gombithotel, www.gombithotel.it


Piazza Vecchia, www.hotelpiazzavecchia.it


La Valletta, www.lavallettabergamo.it


Agnello d’Oro, http://www.agnellodoro.it/


Sole,  http://www.ilsolebergamo.com/



Lower Town

City centre



Cappello d’Oro, www.bwhotelcappellodoro-bg.it


Excelsior S. Marco, www.hotelsanmarco.com


NH Hotel, https://www.nh-hotels.it/hotel/nh-bergamo


Mercure Bergamo,



Petronilla, www.petronillahotel.com


Best Western Piemontese, http://www.hotelpiemontese.com/


Arli, http://www.arli.net/it/hotel/


B&B Hotel, www.hotelbb.it


Città dei Mille, www.hotelcittadeimille.it


San Giorgio, http://www.hotelsangiorgiobergamo.it/


Further details about hotels can be found here or here: http://www.visitbergamo.net/en/search/?tematica=ospitalita&sottotematiche[]=alberghi



Bed & breakfast

(See also https://www.bed-and-breakfast.it/en/bergamo ).


Upper Town

La Valletta, www.lavallettabergamo.it/

Villa Luna, www.bbvillaluna.it


Lower Town


Accademia, www.bedbreakfastaccademia.it/

L’Angolo del Poeta, www.angolodelpoeta.com

Ciccio, www.cicciobb.com



Further details about B&Bs can be found here: http://www.visitbergamo.net/en/search/?tematica=ospitalita&sottotematiche[]=b_e_b


Budget accommodation is available at the local Youth Hostel

(www.ostellodibergamo.it/hostel.html ).




Further details about accommodation are online at www.apt.bergamo.it/



Social programme


The social programme includes:


- A welcome evening reception on 21st June 2018.


- A Conference Dinner on 22nd June 2018.


- An organised excursion to Cremona on 23rd June 2018 (afternoon + evening, dinner included in the excursion fee).





The deadline for submissions is 31st October 2017. Please send your abstract (300 words) to cerlis@unibg.it as an RTF attachment – to this end, a dedicated form is provided here attached. Acceptance will be notified by 30th November 2017.


Download the submission form here.





A selection of conference papers will be published in a volume and/or journal issue. Finalized versions of papers submitted for publication in the proceedings should be emailed to cerlis@unibg.it by 15 October 2018 at the latest. The upper limit is 7,000 words (10,000 for plenary papers), including references, footnotes, tables, etc. For formatting guidelines, please follow the stylesheet


Download the Stylesheet here.



How to contact us


By email: cerlis@unibg.it

By post: CERLIS 2018 – Università di Bergamo – Piazza Rosate 2 – 24129 Bergamo (Italy)

By telephone: + 39.035.2052.738 or + 39.035.2052.721

By fax: + 39.035,2052.738 or + 39.035.2052.789