LINGUIST List 33.1204

Sun Apr 03 2022

Calls: Applied Ling, Disc Analysis, Gen Ling, Lang Acquisition, Socioling/United Kingdom

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 30-Mar-2022
From: Mara Fuertes Gutierrez <>
Subject: Diversity and Social Justice in Language Learning, Teaching and Research: Bringing Theory and Practice
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Full Title: Diversity and Social Justice in Language Learning, Teaching and Research: Bringing Theory and Practice

Date: 14-Jul-2022 - 15-Jul-2022
Location: Online, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Mara Fuertes Gutiérrez
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2022

Meeting Description:

The School of Languages and Applied Linguistics at The Open University (Milton Keynes, United Kingdom) will be hosting an online conference on “Diversity and social justice in language learning, teaching and research: bringing theory and practice” conference, that will take place online.

Decolonising the curriculum in Languages has recently attracted the attention of a large number of academics, in line with Higher Education Institutions’ agendas on Internationalisation, Diversity and Inclusion. In the past few years, several initiatives have facilitated fruitful discussions on the topic (IMLR symposium, September 2020; AULC Special Interest Group, among others), and, in a recent report, decolonising the curriculum is highlighted as one of the innovative languages pedagogies with the potential of having a high impact on languages education long term (Phips, 2021). The aim of this conference is to progress these ideas further by collectively reflecting on the relationship between language learning and teaching, inclusion, and social justice, from a multifaceted view: How are grammatically discriminatory languages taught? How can technology support accessibility in language learning? How can Raciolinguistics inform the development of a more inclusive curriculum? What is the impact of ideology in materials development for language learning and teaching? Innovative work that analyses and aims at dealing with these key issues is being conducted mainly on a theoretical level at present, thus it is the focus of the conference to explore how all these ideas can be actively implemented in the languages classroom, building bridges between theoretical perspectives and practical approaches to this emerging research and scholarship area.

This conference is organised with the support of the Institute of Modern Languages Research.

Conference convenors
Prof Rosina Márquez-Reiter, Head of the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics (The Open University)
Dr Mara Fuertes Gutiérrez, Head of Spanish at the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics (The Open University)

2nd Call for Papers:

Proposals for a 20-minute presentation from a wide variety of interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives are welcomed in the form of research-related papers, presentations of case studies, projects, and practical experiences. Proposals on, but not limited to, the following areas related to the conference theme, are encouraged:

Ideologies in Language Education
Inclusivity and accessibility in language learning and teaching
Social justice in language learning and teaching
Decolonisation of Languages Curriculum
Critical Pedagogy and language learning and Teaching
Language Teaching in Multilingual Contexts
Languages, Digital Decolonisation and Inclusion

Plenary speakers
Professor Walter Mignolo (Director of the Center of Global Studies and the Humanities, Duke University), world leading expert in Decolonisation and Education.

Prof Juan Eduardo Bonnin (Discourse Analysis Professor, CONICET-UNSAM), expert in the role of language in the access to human rights.

Dr Laura Villa Galán (Tomás y Valiente Researcher, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), expert in the intersection of language and politics.

The Conference Programme will be announced in May 2022, once the proposals have been reviewed and accepted.

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: 15 May 2022
Deadline to send the supporting materials through: 1 July 2022
Conference Dates: 14-15 July 2022

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