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.
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
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Please visit our conference page for details about our upcoming 2018 conference at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada!
ISLS had its 2017 conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, hosted by the National Foreign Language Resource Center and the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
ISLS continued its new tradition of an off-year regional conference, hosted by Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. ISLS also published its sixth volume of the Readings in Language Studies book series, entitled A Critical Examination of Language and Community.
ISLS hosted our 2015 conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Look for volume 5 of Readings in Language Studies, edited by Paul Chamness Miller, Hidehiro Endo, John Watzke, and Miguel Mantero, available for purchase on Amazon or your favorite online bookseller!
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!
San Juan, Puerto Rico, was the site of the 2013 conference to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of ISLS.
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.
ISLS held its biennial conference in Oranjestad, Arbua, where once again participantsgathered from all inhabited continents on earth to share their research with one another.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.