Conference Theme: Multimodality and Beyond: Addressing complexity and emerging needs in LSP

June 3–5, 2021

Online Conference (Organized by: Department of English, City University of Hong Kong)



We are pleased to announce our call for the 6th International Conference of the Asia-Pacific LSP & Professional Communication Association on the theme of “Multimodality and Beyond: Addressing complexity and emerging needs in LSP”, to be held online from June 3rd to 5th 2021, hosted by the Department of English at City University of Hong Kong. Given the importance of gesture to multimodality, this conference is being organised in collaboration with the regional hub of the International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS Hong Kong).


We are going online

In view of the continuing travel restrictions and other issues associated with the global pandemic, we have taken the difficult decision to move the conference from a physical, face-to-face event to an online, virtual event. We hope that this decision provides you with some certainty and that you will be able to submit an abstract in the knowledge that you will be able to participate from a distance. While an online event can never replace a face-to-face one, we will be able to charge less than we would have had to for the ‘real life’ event. In addition, we hope that this will be a ‘greener’ event without the need for airfares and hotels, as well as making it possible for more people to attend. With a bit of luck (but probably a few hiccups along the way), we hope to simulate an exciting and engaging event that results in new connections, new knowledge, and various kinds of academic ‘outputs’.


Confirmed Plenary and Workshop Speakers:
  • Professor Diane Belcher, Georgia State University
  • Professor Kay O’Halloran, University of Liverpool
  • Professor Guangwei Hu, Polytechnic University of Hong Kong
  • Professor Jürgen Streeck, University of Texas at Austin
  • Professor Li Wei, University College London


Invited Panels, Convened and Chaired by:
  • Professor Sue Starfield, University of New South Wales
  • Dr. Christoph Hafner, City University of Hong Kong
  • Dr. Renia Lopez, Polytechnic University of Hong Kong



The local organising committee at the Department of English, City University of Hong Kong, looks forward to seeing you online!

Dr Simon Harrison (Chair)
Dr Christoph Hafner (Co-Chair, President of Asia-Pacific LSPPC Association)
Dr Becky Kwan
Dr Jenifer Ho

Conference Secretariat
Ms Hemans Wong
Ms Cecilia Chan

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