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LINGUIST List 23.3579

Mon Aug 27 2012

Calls: Socioling, Discourse Analysis, Applied Ling, General Ling/Puerto Rico

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

Date: 26-Aug-2012
From: Paul Miller <paulisls.co>
Subject: International Society for Language Studies
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Full Title: International Society for Language Studies
Short Title: ISLS

Date: 13-Jun-2013 - 15-Jun-2013
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Contact Person: Paul Miller
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.isls.co/index-2.html

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2012

Meeting Description:

The International Society for Language Studies will hold its 2013 conference at the Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel and Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico from June 13-15, 2013. The theme of the conference will be 'Critical Language Studies: Focusing on Social Justice.'

Call for Papers:

The paper proposal submission will open on the ISLS website on April 1, 2012 and conclude on September 15, 2012. Submissions will not be accepted after the September 15 deadline. Notification of proposal acceptance or rejection will be sent in October, 2012. All presenters who have not registered for the conference by December 15, 2012 will be removed from the program. Selected conference papers will be published by ISLS in the Readings in Language Studies Series in 2014.

Given the widespread bilingualism in Puerto Rico, we welcome, for the first time, presentations in either English or Spanish. We ask that you submit your proposal in English, however, and indicate where prompted in the submission system in which language you will make your presentation.

About the Theme:

Language is more than the words that are communicated from one to another. Language represents our identity in terms of our relationships with others, how we are connected to others, power between individuals or groups, and so forth. A critical examination of the connection between language and society also requires a critical consideration of the ways in which language and social justice are linked. Social justice is defined differently across disciplines and in varying situations. We encourage presenters to explicitly discuss how their presentation is relevant to their understanding of the relationship between social justice and language. In order to provide a guide and structure to the theme, the following represent possible key words (called strands and elaborated below) to describe your proposed session.


Discourse and Social Justice:

This strand should be used to describe original research on issues of discourse and social justice in language and literacy research. Individual proposals may focus on: the relationship between language practices and social justice; social justice within particular linguistic spaces; bridging social justice and SLA theory; the influence of contexts on language learners and social justice; and related areas of inquiry.

Language & Social Justice in the Professions and Workplace:

This strand should be used to describe proposals that investigate the intersection of social justice & language, as it relates to research, teaching, and professional and workplace practice. Papers may focus on areas such as: language use in these contexts as it relates to social justice; language analysis as it relates to social justice (theoretical and applied phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and discourse analysis); or language processing at it relates to social justice (computational linguistics, neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, etc.).

Language Teaching Practices, Pedagogy & Social Justice:

This strand should be used to describe proposals that address theory, research, or practice of any aspect of language teaching and learning within the context of social justice. Papers may include topics such as: curriculum & instruction; assessment; teacher preparation and in-service teacher development; and other matters related to culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

Language Policy & Social Justice:

This strand should be used to describe proposals that address issues related to language policy within the context of social justice. Interdisciplinary studies are encouraged and research utilizing a variety of methodologies is sought. Papers may focus on: language policy formation; language planning; language rights; language education policy; and other related areas of study in complex, multilingual societies. Empirical studies contributing to theories of language policy and the identification of emergent issues related to identity are welcome.

Language, Culture & Social Justice:

This strand should be used to describe proposals that address issues related to conceptualizations of language in the public imaginary. Papers may include topics such as: language variety and discrimination; the commodification of culture; and similar sociolinguistic concerns as they relate to social justice.

Researching Social Justice in Language Studies:

This strand should be used to describe methodological issues, tools, and/or processes used in researching the intersection between language studies and social justice.


Not sure which strand best fits for your proposal? Choose this strand and the Conference Chairs will work to place your proposal with relevant papers in a session.

More information, including step-by-step instructions on how to write your proposal, how proposals are evaluated, and how to submit your proposal, is available on our website:


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