Fifth International Communication Styles Conference: Communication in Times of Permacrisis

The International Communication Styles conference is the fifth in the series of biannual conferences which were initiated in 2013 and took place four times in Krosno, Poland (see the first conference opening speech by Geert Hofstede). This time, after a pandemic break, we would like to invite international scholars to the city of Krakow, Poland.

We welcome papers related to all aspects of communication styles, broadly understood as clusters of features of verbal and nonverbal language that run the spectrum of discourses, genres and media and mark social and cultural differences. The 5th ICS Conference brings into focus the theme of communication in times of permacrisis, recently named the Collins Word of the Year 2022 and understood as “an extended period of instability and insecurity”. It aims to examine the diverse effects of social, political, economic, and cultural conflicts in public and private communication across cultures and genres.

We invite linguists, communication scholars, folklorists, translation scholars, language teaching scholars and experts in related fields to submit abstract proposals on topics that include, but are not limited to discussing how various communication styles are used in coping with: 

  • climate (environmental) crisis
  • health crises
  • food crisis
  • energy crisis
  • political crisis
  • war crisis
  • migration crisis
  • religious crisis
  • personal crisis
  • and other crises

The papers could deal with various types of discourses (public and private, business, political, social media, and face-to face, translation), genres or registers, drawing attention to intra-, inter- and cross-cultural communication issues, such as populism, propaganda, polarization of opinions, political correctness, politeness, netiquette, hate speech, obscenity and taboo, humour, creativity, metaphor, intertextuality, and globalization as exemplified by the use of English as lingua franca.

Important dates:

Abstract submission in English (up to 300 words through the conference website at https://tertium.edu.pl/en/): 15 February 2023 – extended deadline

Abstract acceptance: 20 February 2023

Conference registration (including payment of fees): 1 March 2023

Conference 24-25 April

Submission of papers to Tertium Linguistic Journal: 30 April 2023

Publication: autumn or winter 2023


So far the conferences have a publication record with a collection of articles entitled Culture’s Software: Communication Styles (Cambridge Scholars 2015), a special issue of the Styles of Communication journal (9:2; 2017) and several issues of open access Tertium Linguistic Journal (including 3.1 in 2018 and 5.1 in 2020).

We would like to invite all the conference participants to submit a paper to Tertium Linguistic Journal – the 2023 issues of the journal are open to ICS contributions. Deadline for submitting to issue 8(1) is April 30, 2023 and to issue 8(2) is June 30, 2023. The journal is indexed in a number of international indexes and databases (see journal.tertium.edu.pl).

Conference news

Contact information


Conference venue

Conference fees:

150 Euro for international participants

or 500 PLN for Polish participants

25% reduction for Cracow Tertium Society members and doctoral students

Fees include: participation in the conference, conference materials, lunches and coffee breaks. conference dinner – they do not include travel and accommodation

Fees should be transferred to Cracow Tertium Society bank account:


    account number

    IBAN: PL94 8589 0006 0000 0011 0640 0001


Payment is also possible via PayPal.

Plenary Speakers and Organizing Committee

Plenary speakers

Andreas Musolff (University of East Anglia, UK)

Laura Alba-Juez (UNED University of Madrid. Spain)

Organising Committee 

Władysław Chłopicki, Jagiellonian University, Poland, Head of the Organizing Committee

Dorota Brzozowska, University of Opole, Poland

Jan Chovanec, University of Brno, Czechia

Piotr Chruszczewski, University of Wrocław, Poland

Mihaela-Viorica Constantinescu, University of Bucharest, Romania

Joanna Dybiec-Gajer, Pedagogical University of Krakow, Poland

Liisi Laineste, Estonian Literary Museum, Tartu, Estonia

Mariusz Marczak, Jagiellonian University, Poland

Villy Tsakona, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Ene Vainik, The Institute of Estonian Language, Tallinn, Estonia

Joanna Ziobro-Strzępek, Carpathian State College in Krosno, Poland

Conference Sponsors

Krakow City Council – Kraków as the city of endless possibilities


Find us on the Sociolinguistic Events Calendar: https://baal.org.uk/slxevents/