Call for Papers

View call for papers in NZSL

Interpreting is the collation of myriad micro-skills. This year, we want to focus on those little things that are all too easy to neglect. New Zealanders are also a talented bunch and we all know someone who knows someone talented. We are going to showcase that talent and that connection at our 2021 SLIANZ conference …but we need your help!

We’re looking for people with skills that complement our profession and who can lead some engaging and enthralling conference sessions. We imagine a conference that keeps us entertained, invigorated and on the edge of our seats!

  • Maybe you’ve learnt how to mind read while interpreting and want to share the love
  • Maybe your friend is an actor and can teach us how to get into role
  • Maybe your cousin is a hostage negotiator and can help us with conflict management

You could be an interpreter, Deaf, hearing, or anyone at all. If it’s a skill that can be applied to the interpreting profession, send us your ideas.

Let your imagination and creativity run wild! 

Session Styles

This will be a practical, hands on (pun intended) conference. Think workshops, interaction, polls and panels. Preference will be given to sessions that maximise audience interaction and participation.

Session lengths can be negotiated (30-80mins) to suit a variety of session styles.

Session Ideas

Ideas should be submitted in either:

  • written English (up to 250 words)
  • NZSL (up to 3 minutes long and uploaded to YouTube)

Written ideas or YouTube links can be sent to by Friday 26th February 2021.

We’ll let you know by Friday 27th March 2021 if your idea has been accepted and what the next steps will be.

Conference Languages

All sessions will be available in English and NZSL (we’ll provide these interpreters).

You’re welcome to present in a different language, but you’ll need to organise your own interpreters.