Going Romance is the European conference series that focuses on Romance languages from the perspective of current linguistic theorizing. In the two decades of its existence, it has developed into the major European discussion forum for theoretically relevant research on Romance languages where current ideas about language in general and about Romance languages in particular are discussed.
The conference lasts for three days, with at least two days for the general session. Slots for invited speakers are 60 minutes (45+15), while slots for selected speakers generally are 40 minutes (30+10). The conference may include a one-day workshop with a theme depending on the initiatives of the steering committee or the local organisation.
Going Romance is organised every year, in the first half of December. The call for papers is issued and distributed before summer, with a submission deadline in the first half of September. Around half October the definitive program is established.
Going Romance has a steering committee, in which all Dutch universities that are involved in research on Romance languages are represented; currently (February 2011) the steering committee has the following members:
This "all Dutch" initiative for Romance languages differs from most other initiatives in the field. It is a conference that considers the Romance languages as the dominant object of closer scrutiny (most other colloquia in the home countries accept contributions on other languages); the lingua franca of the conference is English (most other colloquia in the home countries accept contributions in the mother tongue). Going Romance is generally considered to be the European counterpart to the American LSRL (Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages). In 2008 the steering committee decided that its "European" aims may lead to venues other than in the Netherlands once every two years.