LINGUIST List 32.1794

Mon May 24 2021

Calls: Applied Ling, Lang Acq/France

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 23-May-2021
From: Frédéric Torterat <>
Subject: Collaboration between families and external stakeholders in Early Childhood Education
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Full Title: Collaboration between families and external stakeholders in Early Childhood Education

Date: 21-Oct-2021 - 23-Oct-2021
Location: Montpellier, France
Contact Person: Frédéric Torterat
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 29-Jun-2021

Meeting Description:

In a world in transition, services and professionals that work directly with children, and specifically those in the early childhood period, must adapt and reorient their institutional operations and organizational methodologies to meet new requirements and changes. Notably in Europe, the socio­economic demographics and political contexts are rapidly changing. This is especially evident in cross­border zones more than in other regions, and with this comes potential disruptions but also new opportunities (eg., migration flows, variable political solutions, multiplicity of the expressions of multiculturalism, specificities of the contexts and time periods). These observed socio­economic and political changes do not exist without having an effect on daily life, and there is no doubt families are at the forefront of this issue in conjunction with other community stakeholders.

This conference aims to establish a detailed and contemporary framework for the cooperation between the multitude of professionals that hold a stake in the domain of early childhood education and wellbeing. Notably, this includes educational researchers, social workers, caregivers and preschool teachers. Consequently, it is fair to ask ourselves about the exact role(s) Europe is likely to endorse on these current social, educational and political issues, including questions about the “values” of inclusion and solidarity addressed by the different programs Europe supports on a short or long term.

The first half­day of the conference will be opened by Åse Kari Hansen Wagner and Sara Esmaeeli (Stavanger, Norway). They will highlight research concerning social development and literacy in the home setting for young children, based on the PIRLS 2016 study and the Norwegian early literacy intervention study On Track. Chiara Melloni and Maria Vender (University of Verona, Italy) will close this section of the conference with an examination of the link between education and social work.

Encarnación Soriano Ayala, Veronica Caballero and Rachida Dalouh (University of Almería, Spain) will start off the following day of the conference on October 22nd. They will present on the interconnected nature of different professions working within the domain of early childhood, with specific attention to the spheres of schools, academic progress and families. This will be followed by a discussion and poster presentations relating to these same topics. Tijana Ašić & Izabela Dankić (University of Kragujevac and University of Mostar, Serbia and Bosnia­-Herzegovina) will focus next on border regions in relationship to the conference topic and the challenges faced in this context via minority group acceptance. The day will finish with a roundtable discussion with a multidimensional focus on comparing and contrasting different issues across Europe concerning early childhood.

The final half­day will comprise a discussion about controversial issues that require the collaboration between families and community stakeholders in the area of early childhood. This discussion will be enriched by presentations by Snejana Konsulova (University of Sofia, Bulgaria) and Daiva Jakavonytė­Staškuvienė (University of Vilnius, Lithuania), who will also mediate the second roundtable event.

Call for Papers:

Main Scientific Objectives:
- report on the strategic issues that can result in improving early childhood programs in Europe, and by extension, greater protection and care for young children, especially those belonging to vulnerable populations.
- share and discuss best practices concerning language acquisition and literacy in the home setting for young children, among others in a bilingual context (in particular from the teachers’ side, considering the obstacles to and leverage practices for inclusive classrooms).
- highlight the interconnected and also changing nature of the professions working in the areas of education, social work, caregiving and preschool in contemporary society.

The communication proposals (400-­600 words, in English, French or Spanish) must be submitted by e­mail to : and in .odt or .doc format. You are invited to clearly state the title of the paper, the theme addressed, the originality of your approach and the prospects opened up by your study, with 5 to 10 bibliographical references.

Schedule of Events:
- March 12: First call for submissions (deadline: June 29, 2021)
- May 20: Status update with the organizers and second call for submissions
- June 30 – July 15: Double­blind review of the submission proposals
- July 20: Participants shall be notified
- September 2: Finalization of the conference program

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