LINGUIST List 25.5083

Sat Dec 13 2014

Calls: Sociolinguistics, Applied Ling, General Ling, Historical Ling/UK

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 12-Dec-2014
From: Eszter Tarsoly <>
Subject: The Politics of Teaching and Learning Languages
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Full Title: The Politics of Teaching and Learning Languages
Short Title: LangPolConf

Date: 17-Sep-2015 - 18-Sep-2015
Location: London, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Eszter Tarsoly
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 20-Jan-2015

Meeting Description:

The conference intends to address the historical perspectives and current key narratives surrounding the teaching of languages, linguistics, and area studies. Its aim is to explore language education in the context of an ever changing and dynamic societal, political, and cultural landscape globally, and in the UK-context.

The significance of the title ‘The Politics of Teaching and Learning Languages’ is twofold: first, it alludes to politics and foreign languages in education, and second, to the politics of teaching and learning languages. The first of these approaches focuses on political and historical developments that influence tendencies, and shape policy, in the area of foreign language learning and education. The second approach centres on the ideologically-governed attitudes that underlie language professionals’, teachers’, and textbook writers’ decisions when choosing a particular variety of a language, a particular methodological approach and resources in their teaching, writing, and syllabus-design practice.

The conference programme includes key-note addresses by Nicholas Ostler, Foundation for Endangered Languages; Anne Pauwels, School of Oriental and African Studies; Nigel Vincent, FBA, University of Manchester.

2nd Call for Papers:

Papers will be 20 minutes in length with 10 minutes for questions. Posters will be showcased during the second day of the conference and presented (max. 5 minutes) in one of UCL’s public areas.

Please send your abstract (max. 300 words for both papers and posters; in a Word file) and your short professional biography (max. 150 words; in a separate Word file) to

Deadline for submission: 20 January 2015

An email confirming your acceptance will be sent by 30 March 2015. The full programme of the conference will be announced by 30 April 2015 on the SSEES website.

Organising Committee:

Jelena Čalić, UCL/SSEES
Eszter Tarsoly, UCL/SSEES
Urszula Chowaniec, UCL/SSEES
Riitta-Liisa Valijärvi, UCL/SSEES, Uppsala University

We are planning to publish selected papers in a Conference Proceedings volume.

For rationale and suggested themes please visit

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