SSILA 2020 Winter Meeting: Call for Organized Session Proposals

Deadline: May 1 @ 11:59 p.m. Hawaii-Aleutian time

The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA) will hold its annual winter meeting jointly with the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans, LA on January 2–5, 2020. SSILA meetings allow scholars to present on a wide range of topics centered on any aspect of Indigenous American languages.

SSILA welcomes proposals for organized sessions. This is an opportunity for researchers to present a series of presentations that revolve around a single typological, methodological or areal theme. The presentations must be based on original research focusing on the linguistic study of the Indigenous languages of the Americas.

Organized sessions involve more than one scholar and are expected to make a distinctive and creative contribution to the meeting. Proposals for organized sessions are not reviewed anonymously. These sessions may include several presentations focused on a specific theme, a major presentation with invited discussants, and other types of sessions with a clear, specific, and coherent rationale.

Deadline: May 1 @ 11:59 p.m. Hawaii-Aleutian time

Abstract Guidelines

The deadline for receipt of organized session proposals is May 1 @ 11:59 P.M. Hawaii-Aleutian time.

Authors of successful SSILA session proposals may wish to submit their proposals to the LSA for co-sponsorship. Please note that the LSA deadline for organized sessions is on May 15th. The SSILA committee will make a decision about these proposals before the LSA submission deadline. For more information on submitting organized session proposals to the LSA 2020 Annual Meeting, see the LSA website.

All organized session proposals should be submitted electronically by e-mail to the SSILA Program Committee Administrator (Martin Kohlberger) at Any queries prior to the submission deadline can also be sent to this e-mail address. Proposals should be submitted in English.

The proposal must indicate whether it is intended to be a joint SSILA / LSA session or a SSILA session, and should include:

  1. a session abstract approximately 1000 words in length outlining the purpose, motivation, length (either 1.5 hours or 3 hours), and justification for the session, as well as the broader impacts (e.g., contribution to community goals, social outcomes), as relevant;
  2. names and affiliations of all participants, their role (paper presenter, introducer, moderator, discussant, etc.), and titles of papers;
  3. a complete timetable; (Note that organized sessions do not have to follow the 20-minute paper + 10-minute discussion format. However, the presentation format should be clearly described.)
  4. 200-500 word abstracts for each paper or poster presentation.

All organizers and presenters must be members of SSILA in order for their proposal to be accepted. (Join SSILA here!) The membership requirement may be waived for co-authors, or for participants in organized sessions, who are from disciplines other than those ordinarily represented by SSILA (linguistics and linguistic anthropology). Requests for waivers of membership must be made by a member of the Society to the SSILA Secretary Mary Linn (

See the Organized Sessions guidelines for more details on the format of an organized session and how to submit a proposal.

See the Winter 2020 Meeting page for the most up-to-date details about the conference.

Updated: March 22, 2019 — 7:10 pm