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An International Conference hosted by CERLIS

University of Bergamo, Italy


23-25 June 2016





The tourist industry is characterized by ideas, values, as well as symbolic and at times stereotypical structures whose purposes are to enchant, attract, and shape imagination, interpretations, and memories. All this enhances processes of transformation – both cognitive and emotional.

In this process, tourism products, ranging from the most traditional ones such as brochures and guide-books to the most innovative ones such as those pertaining to e-communication in social media present tourists’ ways of seeing and being.

The focus of this conference is tourism in its various linguistic and multimodal representations. The event will explore the constitutive foundations of ‘being a tourist’ and will highlight the multifarious textualization of the tourist experience in different situations and contexts.


Plenary lectures will be delivered by the following keynote speakers:

  • Maria Vittoria Calvi (University of Milan, Italy)
  • Crispin Thurlow (University of Bern, Switzerland)
  • Eija Ventola (Aalto University, Finland)


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

·         Multimodal representations of the tourist experience

·         Cultural aspects related to the language of tourism

·         Digital communication in tourism

·         The language of tourism and the social media

·         History and development of the language of tourism

·         Specialized features of the language of tourism



Organizing committee


- Maurizio Gotti

- Stefania M. Maci

- Michele Sala

- Larissa D’Angelo

- Patrizia Anesa



Conference Programme (to be uploaded in June 2016)



Book of abstracts (to be uploaded in June 2016)



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 2015
  • Notification of acceptance 30th November 2015
  • Early registration No later than 31st January 2016
  • Standard registration No later than 30th April 2016
  • Late registration No later than 10th June 2016




Online registration can be effected between 01.01.2016 and 10.06.2016 using the form here attached.

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

Early registration

(before 31.01.2016)

€ 150

Standard registration

(between 01.02.2016 and 30.04.2016)

€ 180

Late registration

(between 01.05.2016 and 10.06.2016)

€ 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 2016.

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 2016. 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

c/o BPU - Banca Popolare di Bergamo, Piazza Vittorio Veneto - 24100 Bergamo (I)

account no. 21108; ABI 05428; CAB 11101; CIN E;


IBAN IT44E0542811101000000021108

Reason for bank transfer (must be indicated in the form): CERLIS2016

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 2016).



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 2016.


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


San Lorenzo (°), www.hotelsanlorenzobg.it/


Il Gourmet (°), www.gourmet-bg.com/


Piazza Vecchia, www.hotelpiazzavecchia.it


Agnello d’Oro, Via Gombito 22

Tel. +39 035.249.883 / Fax. +39 035.235612


Sole (°), Via Rivola, 2 (Piazza Vecchia); tel. +39 035.218238;

fax +39 035.240011 [no check-in after 22.30]



Lower Town

City centre



Cappello d’Oro (°), www.bwhotelcappellodoro-bg.it


Excelsior S. Marco (°), www.hotelsanmarco.com


Jolly Hotel (°), www.jollyhotels.it


Mercure Bergamo (°),



Arli, www.arli.net


Piemontese, www.hotelpiemontese.com/


San Giorgio, www.sangiorgioalbergo.it/


(°) = Hotels with special rates for conference participants. When booking, please remember to indicate “Cerlis 2016. University of Bergamo”.



Bed & breakfast

(See also http://www.bed-and-breakfast.it/citta.cfm?citta=Bergamo&IDRegione=9 ).


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/


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 23rd June 2016.


- A Conference Dinner on 24th June 2016.


- An organised excursion to Verona on 25st June 2016 (afternoon + evening, dinner included in the excursion fee).





The deadline for submissions is 31st October 2015. 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 2015.


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 2016 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 2016 – 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