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Language, the Sustainable Development Goals, and Vulnerable Populations

Recent Call for Papers
Call Deadline: 28-Feb-2017

The Study Group on Language at the United Nations + The Centre for Research and Documentation on World Language Problems + the Center for Applied Linguistics
invite you to contribute to a symposium on

Call for Papers:

Language, the Sustainable Development Goals, and Vulnerable Populations
Th-Fri. May 11-12, 2017 at the Church Center, 777 UN Plaza, New York, NY 10017
Thurs. 9:00-5:00; Fri. 9:15-3:30

The Study Group on Language and the UN drew attention to the absence of language issues in formulating the SDGs through a symposium it organized in April 2016 and a subsequent report. We return to this topic in our 2017 symposium, but with special stress on vulnerable populations.

The organizers welcome proposals for 20-minute papers on topics linking the SDGs with vulnerable populations, such as:

- Language as a factor in sustainable development
- Language policy for refugees, migrants, and displaced populations
- Language & migration
- Language as it relates to race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, economic status, or other factors
- Language & education of refugees and migrants
- Language & quality education for vulnerable populations (Goal 4)
- Language & mother-tongue education (Goal 4)
- Language & gender equality (Goal 5)
- Language & economic growth (Goal 8)
- Language & reducing inequalities (Goal 10)
- Language & peace & justice (Goal 16)
- NGOs, language & vulnerable populations
- UN language policy & implementation of the SDGs
- The role of regional or minority languages
- Language & stateless nations

Preference will be given to papers that move the discourse forward by proposing theoretical and/or research-based strategies for addressing language-related concerns.

Send proposals (200 words or less) & bio. (50 words) to the organizing committee at, by February 28, 2017. We expect to make final decisions on the program by March 15.