An international e-conference on Ecolinguistics and Ecological Narratives was held at the Department of English Linguistics and Literature, Riphah International University.
At the conference, twenty-eight international speakers from sixteen countries presented their research on much-needed topics of ecology.
More than twenty-five institutes were engaged in the conference. Famous researchers in Ecolinguistics, such as Dr. George M Jacobs, Dr. Hildo Honório do Couto, Dr. Arran Stibbe, Dr. Peter Makwanya, and Dr. Meng Huat Chau, were an integral part of the conference.
Dr. George M Jacobs emphasized how language can play a part in helping the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
He also discussed the role of native languages in this process. He argued that the teachers need to step out of the confines of traditional teaching methods to achieve the SDGs. Dr. Hildo Honório do Couto enlightened the audience with Ecosystemic Discourse analysis (EDA). He discussed how EDA is different from traditional methods of analysis and how it can help consolidate eco-solidarity.
Dr. Arran Stibbe’s talk explored how Ecolinguistics can offer the study of ethical leadership. Dr. Peter Makwanya explicated about the need for humans to understand the role of the environment in their lives. Dr. Meng Huat Chau discussed the crucial role of Ecolinguistics in today’s world. He emphasized the power of language as a tool to create an ecologically inclusive, respectful, and compassionate world for all.
The conference focal person and Chairperson, Department of English.