Call for Papers

SLIANZ is now calling for papers for the 2022 conference. We would like to invite interested parties and organisations to submit abstracts for your proposed presentations or workshops relating to the conference theme of Interpreting Tomorrow: The Changing Landscape of Sign Language Interpreting in Aotearoa.

The world is changing on many social, cultural, and political fronts at once, and the interpreting profession is situated amidst this context. This conference considers these changes and invites reflections on how the interpreting profession might adapt and evolve in this changing environment to enrich, extend, and challenge our understanding of the sign language interpreting field with an eye to the future. 

We seek a broad range of papers, presentations, and workshops that address the conference theme from a diversity of perspectives. We invite contributions from people with academic, professional, and/or lived experience to provide a rich and engaging exploration of this theme. These reflections might consider topics such as how the rise in new technology is reshaping our work; what we are learning through the experience of Covid-19; insights from matauranga Māori, Deaf, and indigenous knowledges; the rise of new barriers for access to communication and inclusion; issues of inequality in our digital age; or maintaining professional and personal wellbeing in contemporary work conditions.

NZSL info here:

Proposals should include the following details

  • Name(s)

  • Title of proposed presentation/workshop

  • Either a 200-word written English abstract, or a 3-minute NZSL video uploaded to YouTube 

  • Length and type of proposed presentation/workshop. Session lengths can be negotiated (30-60 minutes) to suit a variety of presentation styles. Remember to allow time for Q&A 

Proposal Types


  • A visual presentation – electronic projection available if required
  • A paper that is researched based – electronic projection available if required
  • Poster presentation. Posters may be used to describe early-stage work or components of a larger research effort, and may summarise either academic research or professional experience or practice



Workshops are intended to be interactive with considerable participation and discussion from those attending. Workshops may have an explicit agenda of training participants on a given topic, or of generating collaboration around a subject or issue of interest related to the conference theme. 

Conference Languages

Interpreters will be provided for all sessions in English and NZSL.

If you would like to present in another language, please provide your own interpreter.


Important Dates

  • Deadline for abstract submissions – Sunday 6th March 2022
  • Notification of acceptance – Friday 25th March 2022
  • Full version submission Friday – 29th April 2022


Please send submissions to including any links to YouTube video submissions