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about the international society for language studies, inc.


The International Society for Language Studies, Inc.
, (ISLS)  is an interdisciplinary association of scholars who explore critical perspectives on language.  Within these perspectives, language is understood as both shaping and being shaped by historical, political, social, and cultural contexts.  Research on language from such perspectives has historically been marginalized as well as compartmentalized within artificially constructed academic disciplines.  The primary purpose of ISLS is to bridge these arbitrary disciplinary territories and provide a forum for both theoretical and empirical research, from existing and emergent research methodologies, for exploring the relationships among language, power, discourses, and social practices.

Activities include
A biennial conference for the presentation of research
A quarterly journal, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies
ISLS publication initiatives
A weekly newsletter with language news from around the world

Important News!
We are accpeting proposal submissions for our biennial conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from June 18-20, 2015, until January 5, 2015.. For details, click here.

We are seeking nominations for the Founders' Emergent Scholar Award. The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2015. Click here for details.

Our History

2014
ISLS published the fourth volume of its Readings in Language Studies book series, edited by Miguel Mantero, John Watzke, and Paul Chamness Miller. The book is available for purchase here. We also held our very first conference in Asia in Akita, Japan!



2013
San Juan, Puerto Rico, was the site of the 2013 conference to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of ISLS.

2012
ISLS published the third volume of its Readings in Language Studies book series, edited by Paul Chamness Miller, John Watzke, and Miguel Mantero. The book is available for purchase here. Planning also began for the 10th anniversary of ISLS and the conference held in San Juan, Puerto Rico.




2011
ISLS held its biennial conference in Oranjestad, Arbua, where once again participants gathered from all inhabited continents on earth to share their research with one another.

2010
ISLS began to offer online access to all issues of the journal, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, through the members' area as an automatic benefit of membership. We also published our second volume of the Readings in Language Studies book series, edited by John Watzke, Paul Chamness Miller and Miguel Mantero.

2009
ISLS held its biennial conference in Orlando, Florida.  Participants once again gathered from all inhabited continents on earth to share their research with one another.

2008 ISLS introduced the first volume of its Readings in Language Studies book series, edited by Miguel Mantero, Paul Chamness Miller, and John Watzke.  The book is available for purchase here Planning was underway for the 2009 conference in Orlando, Florida.  The society introduced an e-mail summary of the week's language new stories from around the globe as an automatic benefit of membership.

2007
Hawaii was the site of the 2007 conference. Taylor and Francis began publishing the society's journal, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies: An International Journal. Terry A. Osborn and Timothy Reagan completed their terms as editors, and the society's executive board named John Watzke of University of Portland as the editor for a five year term.

2005
Montreal was the site of the 2005 conference. The gathering featured over 200 papers, luncheon, and evening reception, with participants from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Denmark, Finland, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States.

2004
At the start of 2004, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates began publishing Critical Inquiry in Language Studies: An International Journal, the official journal of the society, edited by Terry A. Osborn and Timothy Reagan. A journal subscription became an automatic benefit of membership.

2003
As the 2003 inaugural conference of the International Society for Language Studies approached, scholars from around the globe began to join the fledgling association. These scholars included members from Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States of America. A number of these members converged in St. Thomas for what was perhaps the most beautiful setting imaginable for a conference. As the summer progressed, the founding membership rolls were filled, and ISLS began to have more new members enroll almost daily as the society was incorporated in the State of Delaware. At the same time, planning was underway for an official journal for ISLS and a 2005 conference in Montreal. ISLS was recognized as a non-profit 501(c)6 corporation by the Internal Revenue Service of the United States.

2002
Professors from universities in the United States and Canada began planning a conference to be held in St. Thomas, USVI, with the theme of "The Transformation of Language Education and Research." The discussions led to the suggestion that a new scholarly association, in addition to a mere single conference, was the transformation needed.