HaCKS workshops aim to present current research in sociolinguistic topics, from established lecturers and postgraduate or early-career researchers alike. These events are held at the Universities of Sheffield, York, and Leeds.

The central theme of workshops in 2018-19 is indexicality, and approaches to and applications of this concept across different sub-fields of linguistics.

Talks will be given by speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds including sociolinguistics, dialectology, forensic linguistics, historical linguistics, and philology. We very much encourage discussion, interdisciplinarity, and interfaces between linguistic sub-fields!

At all of our workshops, lunch and refreshments will be provided. We do ask that you provide a small donation of £4 to help cover catering costs.
We are able to offer a limited number of travel contributions of up to £15 for our workshops, so please contact us ahead of the event if you would like to be reimbursed and remember to save your receipts! We may be able to offer larger travel contributions in some instances, so please get in contact to see if we can arrange this!


Upcoming events:

HaCKS workshop – Thursday 28th February 2019

University of York –

Due to booking constraints, the workshop will be held across two venues: we will be in the Bowland Auditorium in the Humanities Research Centre (map) until 13:30. After lunch, we will relocate to James College Room J/P/002 (map). 

More info & registration link coming soon!



HaCKS workshop – late April/May 2019

University of Leeds, Venue TBC


Past events:

10th December 2018 at The University of Sheffield

The event schedule containing summaries of the day’s talks is available here


2015-16 Seminar Series Programme


HaCKS are proud to announce the following seminar series for Spring 2016. Talks are free to attend, open to all, and will be followed by a brief networking opportunity with light refreshments provided.

Wednesday 9 March, 5-6:30, Alumni Room, School of English, University of Leeds
Dr Kristine Horner (Sheffield): ‘Multilingualism, Migration and endangerment: exploring the sociolinguistics of globalisation in Luxembourg’

Tuesday 12 April, 3-4:30, G.03, 9 Mappin Street, University of Sheffield
Prof Nils Langer (Bristol): ‘Language Policy and Language Suppression: Invisible Languages in the nineteenth century’

Monday 25 April, 3-4:30, Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, University of York
Dr Diana Cullell (Liverpool): ‘Catalan poetry crossing cultural and linguistic borders

Tuesday 24 May, 3-5, HRI Seminar Room, Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield.
Elizabeth Burgess (Liverpool): ‘Valencian Language Media: a reflection of current language policy?’
Fiona Clapperton (Sheffield): ‘The Dreary Story of Spirit-Broken Governesses? An examination into how the impoverished Governess could use the system of paternalism to her advantage’