Theme: Language and Politics of Environmental Ethics in the era of Covid-19 Pandemic


8th -10th September 2021

About the conference

Ecolinguistics appears to be an interdisciplinary combination of only linguistics and ecology. However, almost all areas of social life from economics, religion and politics to other fields have shown much influence on how humans treat each other and the ecosystems that life depends on, and all of these areas are influenced by language. Ecolinguists are now exploring whether the use of language in these areas leads to environmentally destructive tendencies and negligence of other species or whether they motivate people to accept and preserve the natural world. The study of ecolinguistics therefore touches many different disciplinary boundaries such as ecological studies, Economics, Political Science, Literary Studies, Mass Communication, Psychology, Sociology, History, Archeology, Philosophy, Theatre and Film studies, Religious Studies etc. When ecolinguists look into other disciplines they treat them critically – sometimes disciplines provide useful tools for analysis, but sometimes the conventions of the disciplines themselves are ecological destructive.

In the context of the growing environmental and health challenges facing the world, scholars and policy makers are expected to venture into multidisciplinary studies that are more problem solving. The NEA 2021 is an extension of our 2020 conference, which explored the ecological discourses and multidisciplinary approaches to environmental sustainability. This year’s conference is set up to specifically brainstorm on the relevance of language and politics of environmental ethics in relation to Covid-19 pandemic.

Sub themes:

·         Language as a tool for Covid-19 awareness

·         Discourses on Politics and policies of government on Covid-19

·         Language and politics of environment

·         Environmental ethics and justice

·         Climate change and herders-farmers clashes in Africa

·         Critical discourse analysis of Covid-19

·         Animals and plant extinctions in Africa and environmental degradation

·         Theatre and environmental ethics

·         Journalism and Environmental communication

·         Ecocriticism and Covid-19 education

·         Environmental communication

·         Environmental education

·         Ecofeminism and creative writings

·         Semantics and ecolinguistics

·         Linguistics and other disciplines

·         Pragmatics and lexicography of environment

·         Creative writings and environmental protection

·         Policies and laws of environmental Protection in Africa

·         Pharmaceutical protocols, and environmental education

·         African belief systems and Covid-19 pandemic

·         Ecology and Linguistics

·         Weather and the question of covid-19 narratives in Africa

·         Covid-19 is a reality or fiction?

·         Creative writings and environmental ethics

·         Metaphors and fiction on Covid-19

·         Economics of Covid-19 in Africa

·         Persuasive Strategies and Environmental issues in Children's Literature Discourse

·         Teaching Eco linguistics Ethics

·         Practicing Critical Discourse Analysis at Times of Environmental Crisis

·         Nature in Popular Songs: A Path to Discourse Analysis

·         Act in Protest: Act in Theory

·         Speech Act Theory in Natural Activists' Banners

·         Ecolinguistics in the Context of Medicine

·         Eco-criticism in Classical and Modern Literature

·         The Earth Biodiversity as a Core of Traditional Proverbs

·         Nature between Gender: Symbolism of Mother Nature Components in Woman's and Man's Literary Text


Keynote speakers:


Prof. Douglas Mark Ponton

English Language and Translation

Department of Political Science and Social Science

University of Catania, Italy

(Shades of Green: Aspects of Dialogicity in Environmental Discourse)



Imperial Majesty

Oba Adéyeyè Enitan Ògúnwùsì (Òjájá II),

Ọọ̀ni of Ifẹ̀

( African Traditional perspectives to Covid-19 Pandemic)


Distinguished Guest Speakers:


Boss Mustapha

Secretary to the Government of the Federation/ Chairman PTF

(Denials and believers of Covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria: The true story)


Muhammad Mahmood

Minister of Environment

Federal Ministry of Environment

Abuja, Nigeria

(Environmental safety policies and implementations in Nigeria)


Arc. Sonny Echono

Federal Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education,

Abuja, Nigeria.

(Environmental safety protocols in Nigerian schools during Covid-19 pandemic)


Lead Paper Presenters:


Prof. Tor Joe Iorapuu

Vice Chancellor, Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria

(Theatre as a tool for environmental ethics)


Prof. Florence Orabueze Esq

Director, Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria

(From the works of imagination to reality: environmental disasters and the prophecies of romantic poets)


Dr. Deigo Forte

Linguist/ Research Fellow, National Library of Argentina

University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

(Covid-19, Non-human Animals, Politics and Mass Media: The language of denial)

Prof. Charles Igwe

Vice Chancellor,

University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

(Chief Host)



The abstract should not exceed two hundred and fifty (250) words. The full paper must be typed using Times New Roman, 12 font size and 1.5 line spacing. Use APA or MLA as a style sheet for documentation. Participants are requested to make a summary of the paper which must reflect the objective(s), statement, methodology, findings and conclusion not more than one thousand words for presentation via Zoom..


Deadline for submission of abstract is 31th, August 2021/ Deadline for submission of full paper/summary sheet is on the 4th September 2021/Abstract, full paper and summary sheet should be forwarded after creating an account for the conference via or forward directly to Accepted abstracts will be issued letters of acceptance.


Domestic Participants: N 6,000

Foreign Participants: $ 40

Foreign students $ 20

Students category: N 4000 (Provide evidence of studentship)



Name: Nigeria Ecolinguistics Association

Account Number: 1416608246

Bank Name: Access Bank PLC, Nigeria



Receiver: Wayas David Tarhom


A10860656 International ID, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Address:  Students Multipurpose Centre, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria (Dollar transaction)


Dr. David Wayas

Dr. David Wayas

Convener, NEA/Regional Representative @IEA


Dr. David Wayas

Lect. Dr. Huda Halawachy

University of Mosul, Iraq



Chidi Anyanwu

University of Nigeria






ü    Nigeria Presidential Task Force on COVID-19


ü    Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Abuja, Nigeria


ü    Federal Ministry of Environment, Abuja, Nigeria


ü    Lect. Dr. Huda Halawachy (PhD in Discourse Analysis & Pragmatics)
Staff Member at the Department of English,
College of Arts , University of Mosul, Mosul, Nineveh, Iraq.
Director of Ongoing Education Unit,
College of Arts, University of Mosul,
Mosul, Nineveh, Iraq


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