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5th Forensic Linguistics Short Course

The 5th FLsc will be an in-person event located at Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany. Düsseldorf is the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most densely populated state, and home to historic buildings, a rich city culture, and one of Europe’s biggest Japantowns.

As in previous years, we invite students (Bachelor’s and Master’s) as well as graduate students, postdocs and more senior researchers from Linguistics (and its sub-disciplines), Phonetics and Phonology, Law/Legal Studies, and related fields to apply for this international interdisciplinary program. All sessions will be conducted in English.

The FLsc is taught by Dr Isabel Picornell and Dr Krzysztof Kredens and will take place on 5 – 7 September 2023. This year’s programme focuses on:

  • Disputed meanings (indeterminacy in language; threats, malicious communications and defamation)
  • Authorship analysis (profiling; theoretical foundations; casework examples and methods; faked contexts; native language identification; suicide notes)
  • Guided case study (analysis and presentation of findings)

Applications are open: apply here. Applications will be open from 1 February 2023 to 16 April 2023 (midnight, GMT -12; i.e. applications will be open as long as it is 16 April anywhere in the world). Notifications of acceptance will be sent in the first week of May 2023. If there are any questions regarding applications, please ask the coordinators via our contact form here.

Participation Fee

Our association and the FLsc work on a strict non-profit basis. We are currently looking into obtaining third-party founding to reduce participation fees. The fee given below represents the maximum, that is the fee will under no circumstance be higher than stated here. However, if we secure further funds, it will decrease.

The current participation fee is 400 Euro.

Payment Modalities

Deadline for fee payment is 31 July 2023. If you cannot afford to pay the total fee at once, please contact the coordination team for payment by instalments. Payment is currently only possible via wire transfer. The FLsc fee covers the costs for course rooms, snacks and drinks, lunch, the payment of our two lecturers, and the maintenance of our website. Our fees are calculated without a profit margin, the FLsc is a non-profit event.

If you cannot attend the summer school, you may cancel your participation until 05 August 2023. Up until this deadline, no fee has to be paid. In case your fee is already paid, you will get back the entire amount paid. However, if you cancel afterwards or do not show up, you are expected to pay the full fee.