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The Cyprus Pedagogical Institute, Ministry of Education and Culture, Cyprus, in collaboration with the University of Cyprus, announce the 2nd International Scientific Conference on “Literacy and Contemporary Society”, titled: Spaces, Discourses, Practices.

The Conference will be held on 28-29 November 2017, at the “Filoxenia” Conference Center in Nicosia, Cyprus. 

More information on the Conference website 


Registration is now open:

On behalf of the Organizing Committee,

Spyros Sofokleous

Cyprus Pedagogical Institute 40 Macedonia Avenue, 2238 Latsia P.O.Box 12720, 2252 Nicosia

Tel: +35722402485 Fax: 22560118,22402398

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Theme: "Taking Risks in Applied Linguistics"

 6 - 8 September 2018

York St John University, England, UK

BAAL 2018 will be held at York St John University in York, UK. After celebrating half a century of BAAL in 2017, our theme—Taking Risks in Applied Linguistics—will make the 2018 meeting a testing ground for new ways of pursuing our research and improving our practice. Our global community is facing unsettling times, and language use is at the heart of many of the challenges we face. Such challenges include: new and renewed areas of social inequality; political, social and economic instabilities; language learning and teaching-related concerns; and legislative changes which affect the rights of certain groups. The 2018 meeting will be a forum for bold thinking to address these challenges. We hope the conference theme will encourage innovative proposals for papers, posters, and colloquia. We will provide some alternative session types too, so that delegates can present and get feedback on unfinished but original lines of thought and untested but promising new approaches to research and practice. New work on old ideas is also very welcome, to ensure that our collective disciplinary wisdom isn’t lost. Equally, we want to hear about work from outside our disciplinary borders, and indeed, outside of academia altogether.

The BAAL 2018 conference is hosted by LIdIA (Language and Identities in InterAction), an interdisciplinary research unit based in the School of Languages and Linguistics. York St John University is located in the centre of York. Rich in ancient history and famous for its wealth of visitor attractions, York is a flourishing city, just two hours by train from London and Edinburgh. The campus is easily accessible by car and rail. The University is a 16-minute walk or a short taxi ride from the train station. The nearest major airports are Leeds Bradford Airport (30 miles) or Manchester Airport (85 miles). Getting from Leeds Bradford Airport to York is easiest by taxi. There is a direct train from Manchester Airport.

PLENARY SPEAKERS:                      

Annelies Kusters – Heriot-Watt University

Erez Levon – Queen Mary University of London

Anne Pauwels – SOAS University of London

Bill VanPatten – Michigan State University (Pit Corder lecture)



Professor Chris Hall and Dr Rachel Wicaksono, School of Languages and Linguistics, York St John University

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Abstracts are welcome in any area of Applied Linguistics, should be interesting and innovative in some way, and should be of scholarly and academically good quality and indicate clearly objectives, method(s), and results where appropriate. Abstracts which address the conference theme will be particularly welcome.


Maximum abstract length: 300 words

To submit your abstract please use Oxford Abstracts (



Call for Proposals

Translanguaging: Opportunities and Challenges in a Global World


 Plenary speakers: 

Ofelia García (City University of New York)

Guillaume Gentil (Carleton University)

Danièle Moore (Simon Fraser University)

Venue: Canadian Centre for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning (CCERBAL), Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI), University of Ottawa.

Conference dates: May 3-4, 2018.

Deadline for proposals: December 15, 2017.

Featured events: Round tables and thematic symposia on Linguistic Risk-Taking, Bilingual and Multilingual Policies, and much more.

Conference theme: Translanguaging, a construct referring to the complex use of more than one language as a (combined) resource, has captured the imagination of researchers, educators, and policy makers around the world. The role of translanguaging as a linguistic and social practice in family, community, educational and institutional contexts raises a number of stimulating and challenging questions that call for continued discussion. 

Proposals for oral presentations, posters, workshops, thematic symposia and round tables addressing the conference theme from multidisciplinary perspectives (educational, linguistic, social, psychological, policy, etc.) are welcome. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The meaning and evolution of the term translanguaging over time and across disciplines, and its links with concepts such as plurilingualism and biliteracy.
  • The role of translanguaging in bilingual/immersion education, language teaching and learning, and language assessment.
  • Translanguaging rules, norms and practices in institutional settings (e.g. bilingual universities, government institutions, etc.).
  • Links between Indigenous, minority, heritage and sign languages and translanguaging.
  • Translanguaging in bilingual and multilingual societies around the world.
  • Language policy and translanguaging.
  • Translanguaging and family language policy.
  • Technology and translanguaging.
  • Translanguaging and intercomprehension.
  • Translanguaging and its interrelationship with other issues and phenomena, such as code-switching, language contact, diglossia and heteroglossia, mixed languages, language variation and change, language attrition, language shift, language loss, bi-/multilingual child language development, bi-/multilingualism across the lifespan, superdiversity, migration, identity, globalisation, peace, etc.

Proposals will be accepted until December 15, 2017 online at the following address:

Conference chairs are Nikolay Slavkov and Jérémie Séror (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).







 1 – 3 February 2018

The conference considers all aspects of the linguistic and sociolinguistic competences and practices of bi-/multilingual speakers who cross existing social and linguistic boundaries, adopting or adapting themselves to new and overlapping linguistic spaces.

We invite papers in all areas of research in bi-/multilingualism, whether or not linked directly to the overarching conference theme, including, but not limited to, linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, clinical linguistics, education, bi-/multilingual societies.

Topics will include:

  • (multiple) language acquisition and learning (L3, L4, Lx);
  • psycho- and neurolinguistics of multilingualism;
  • translanguaging;
  • early bilingualism and heritage language development;
  • speech processing in bi-/multilinguals;
  • trans/multilingual language use in different contexts;
  • multilingual education;
  • bi-/multiculturalism;
  • bi-/multilingual language policies;
  • literacy in multiple languages (pluriliteracy);
  • intercultural and globalisation issues related to multilingualism.


The two categories of proposals are: (1) individual papers and (2) posters.

Individual papers: Papers are formal presentations on original research by one or more authors, lasting a total of 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion). Please note that the time limit will be strictly adhered to.

Posters: Poster sessions are for displaying research that offers the opportunity for individualised, informal discussion of the research. Posters are especially effective for presenting work-in-progress, fieldwork and results of empirical research if data can be presented visually (e.g. charts, graphs, tables). A block of time will be designated when presenters are available to discuss their posters. Posters should be in the size of DIN A1 or A0 in portrait format. There will be a time slot dedicated to poster presentations.

Abstracts should be up to 350 words in length (including references).

The language of the conference is English.

Submission of proposals 

Submission is already open and will close on 15 November 2017. Presenters are requested to include their name, affiliation and email address in the submitted MS-Word documents. All proposals should be sent to:

Evaluation of proposals 

Proposals will be evaluated in terms of quality of content, significance, originality, thematic relevance, and presentation.

Conference Presentation Policies

Individuals may submit a maximum of one abstract as first author, whether a paper or a poster.

It is assumed that all proposals represent original and unpublished work that is not yet available to the research community.

  • the presenter must be a registered attending participant at the Conference
  • the conference policy is that the author will present the paper on the day and time assigned by the conference program committee