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The University of Jyväskylä Language Campus is pleased to organize the

16th International Conference on Minority Languages (ICML XVI) &

34th Summer School and Conference of Applied Language Studies

which will be held in Jyväskylä & Närpes, Finland August 28-30, 2017


The submission of proposals is now open at and closes on February 28, 2017. Please, submit your proposal by filling out an online form.

Proposals regarding original and previously unpublished research on minority languages are invited. All proposals should fall broadly within the conference theme revaluing minority languages.

Types of presentations: 1) paper, 2) poster, 3) colloquium, and 4) workshop (with hands-on activities based on some data or a specific topic).

Length of abstracts: paper, poster or workshop (500 words, max., including references).

Proposals for colloquia

Colloquia are collections of paper presentations that relate to a narrowly defined topic of interest, and are offered in a three-hour time block. Proposals for colloquia are limited to 700 words, and should include brief summaries of each of the papers to be included, along with paper titles and individual authors’ names. Sufficient detail should be provided to allow peer reviewers to judge the scientific merit of the proposal. The person submitting a proposal for a colloquium is responsible for securing the permission and co-operation of all participants before the proposal is submitted. A chair for the session must also be identified.

Language policy

The language of the conference is English. If a presentation is based on data in any other language, use of multilingual material (e.g. in Power Point slides, handouts) is recommended.

Reviewing of abstracts

The proposals for any type of presentation will be evaluated anonymously by at least two members of the Organizing Committee, and they will be evaluated for their contribution to the field, quality of content, thematic relevance and quality of abstract (organization, clarity of expression).

Presentation acceptances will be sent out by April 10, 2017.


Minority languages have long been used by different groups of social actors for identity and community building purposes, such as the symbolic, material, and political mobilisation of linguistic and cultural rights. Currently, under changing political, economic and cultural conditions around the world, minority languages are subject to multiple, overlapping and even contradictory discourses and practices of valuation and revaluation.

The peripheral position of minority languages, as structured by nation-state logics, and the central role endowed to them in the political projects of various minority groups are now complexified by both the increasing economic value of minority languages as a resource of distinction and authenticity, and by the intensified mobility of languages and their speakers. Some of the consequences of this complexification result in re-evaluating relationship between minority and migrant languages and the trajectories of so-called “new speakers” of minority languages.

ICML XVI will address critical questions such as how minority languages are valued, by whom and under what conditions.

The conference is open to researchers, students and stakeholders from across the multidisciplinary field of minority languages.


In addition to the talks delivered by plenary speakers, the programme will consist of panel discussions, paper and poster sessions, colloquia and workshops.

Talks by plenary speakers:

Professor Helen Kelly Holmes (University of Limerick, Ireland)

Professor Ingrid Piller (Macquarie University, Australia)

Director Robert Adam (University College London, UK)

Professor Sari Pöyhönen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)

There will be two invited panel discussions: 1) Historical language minorities in Finland and in the neighboring countries; and 2) Immigration and integration in the Swedish speaking regions of Finland.

Pre- or post-conference workshops will be organized by plenary speakers.

Please visit the website for regular updates on ICML XIV.

Correspondence with organizers: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The 10th Conference of the Spanish Association of Language Centres in Higher Education (ACLES) will be hosted by the University of Vigo, Spain, on 29/06-01/07/2017.


Under the title of “The role of Language Centres in the internationalization strategy of universities”, the Conference will cover the following thematic areas:

-Language policy and internationalization

-Specific training for the university community

-Management and direction of Language Centres in Higher Education

-Language testing and accreditation

The goal of this 10th ACLES Conference is to analyze the new role of Language Centres as a key instrument in the internationalization of our universities and share good practices in internationalization through languages.

The 10th ACLES Conference invites papers which are focused on any of the abovementioned thematic areas. We invite abstract submissions for 20-minute paper presentations. The deadline for submission is 28 February 2017.

The Organising Committee

Esperanza Rama Martínez

Departamento de Filoloxía Inglesa, Francesa e Alemá

Universidade de Vigo



Call for Papers 

6th – 8th September 2017, University of Vienna, Austria 

The conference focuses on Language(s) in Society. The three-day Junior Researcher Meeting allows early career applied linguists to present their research and network in an interactive and informal international environment. ‘Junior Researchers’ include those working on their Master’s and PhD theses, as well as those who have graduated within the last three years. At the conference, each session will have designated senior researchers as commentators to foster questions and discussion. The programme will also include workshops on various aspects of an academic career, such as publishing and funding.

Further information and abstract submission:


The 4th International Conference on Writing Analytics: Writing Analytics, Data Mining, and Student Success ( 

Held on the University of South Florida's St. Petersburg campus from January 12-13, 2017, this conference provides a forum for researchers and faculty from writing studies, predictive analytics, and corpus linguistics to explore the emergence of writing analytics and data mining as a primary concern for academe, and as a method to develop fairness in assessment practices and thereby facilitate student success.

Featured speakers will report on pioneering efforts in big data studies and progress in developing intelligent tutorial systems and artificial intelligence. Conference attendees will explore how scores and comments on writing projects in the freshman year can be used to increase retention and student success.

This conference also marks the launch of the Journal of Writing Analytics ( The editors will host a session during the conference to describe the mission of the journal and encourage manuscript proposals. Sponsored by the Colorado State University Open Press, Analytics encourages new perspectives on writing research. Those registered for the conference are especially welcome to submit publications for the inaugural 2017 issue.

You can register for the conference at ( Early registration closes on 12/1/16, and we anticipate not being able to meet demand so we encourage you to register asap. Given the conference falls right before a holiday weekend (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), you may want to extend your stay to visit our beaches.

Joseph M. Moxley, Ph.D.

Professor of English | Director, First-Year Composition

University of South Florida