MAG 2019


Metadiscourse in Digital Communication:

What has changed?


An International Conference hosted by CERLIS

University of Bergamo, Italy

(27-29 June 2019)

2nd Call for papers


The advent of digital and social media has deeply transformed academic and non-academic communication practices in the past two decades. Along with the linguistic practices in which people engage and the nature of the social networks they construct, there is a strong and growing interest in how people create meaning not just through language, but through a range of digital resources. In fact, the communicative immediacy of digital media and the spectrum of genres/hybridized forms now available has inevitably influenced the way we communicate and the way we create meaning-making in a multimodal environment. Underpinning this innovative work is current research work on Metadiscourse and the development of new research methodologies, including visual research methods and combinations of qualitative and quantitative approaches with special focuses on Discourse Analysis, Corpus Linguistics, and Genre Analysis. Given the growing interest in digital language research, this international conference thus investigates the change that digital communication has meant to communication environments - and what research methods and approaches are needed to capture that change.


Plenary lectures will be delivered by the following keynote speakers:


·      Annelie Adel (Dalarna University, Sweden)

·      Maria Kuteeva (Stockholm University, Sweden)

·      Anna Mauranen (University of Helsinki, Finland)

·      Carmen Sancho Guinda (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)


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


·      Metadiscourse analysis of digital academic and non-academic interpersonal interactions

·      New approaches, research methods to Metadiscourse digital language research across genres, disciplines and languages.

·      Metadiscourse and multimedia / multimodal communication

·      Synchronic / Diachronic perspectives on Metadiscourse in Digital Communication

·      Metadiscourse analysis of spoken and written discourses



Organizing committee


- Maurizio Gotti (University of Bergamo)

- Larissa DAngelo (University of Bergamo)

- Stefania M. Maci (University of Bergamo)

- Michele Sala (University of Bergamo)

- Patrizia Anesa (University of Bergamo)

- Stefania Consonni (University of Bergamo)

- Erdem Akbas (Erciyes University)

- Ciler Hatipoglu (Middle East Technical University)




Scientific Committee


-       Annelie Adel (Dalarna University, Sweden)

-       Maria Kuteeva (Stockholm University, Sweden)

-       Anna Mauranen (University of Helsinki, Finland)

-       Carmen Sancho Guinda (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)

-       Maurizio Gotti (University of Bergamo)

-       Larissa DAngelo (University of Bergamo)

-       Erdem Akbas (Erciyes University)



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 ).





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. 40 copies of any handouts you may have, as last-minute photocopying is likely to be expensive.



Deadlines to remember



-       Submission of abstracts: 10th January 2019

-       Notification of acceptance: 31st January 2019

-       Early registration: 28th February 2019

-       Standard registration: 30th April 2019

-       Late registration: 1st June 2019





Registration can be effected between 01.01.2019 and 01.06.2019.


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



Early registration

(No later than 28th February 2019)

 € 100

Standard registration

(No later than 30th April 2019)

 € 120

Late registration

(No later than 1st June 2019)

 € 150



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 1st June 2019.

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 1st June 2019. 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): MAG 2019

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 as soon as the transfer has been made.


The registration form can be downloaded  here.



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 is available here .


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 km 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




Piazza Vecchia,




Agnello d’Oro,





Lower Town

City centre



Cappello d’Oro,


Excelsior S. Marco,


NH Hotel,


Mercure Bergamo,




Best Western Piemontese,




B&B Hotel,


Città dei Mille,


San Giorgio



Further details about hotels can be found here or here:[]=alberghi



Bed & breakfast

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Upper Town

La Valletta,

Villa Luna,


Lower Town



L’Angolo del Poeta,




Further details about B&Bs can be found here:[]=b_e_b


Budget accommodation is available at the local Youth Hostel

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 Further details about accommodation are online at



Social programme


The social programme includes:


- A welcome evening reception on 27th June 2019.


- A Conference Dinner on 28th June 2019.


- An organised excursion to Sirmione (Lake Garda) and boat tour with ‘aperitivo’ on 29th June 2019 Afternoon and evening, dinner included in the excursion fee. More details to be followed.





The deadline for submissions is 10th January 2019. Please send your abstract (300 words) to as an RTF attachment. To this end, a dedicated form is provided here attached. Acceptance will be notified by 31st January 2019.


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 by 15 October 2019 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:


By post: MAG 2019 – 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


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