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THE REGISTRATION SYSTEM IS NOW OPEN! Early bird registration is available until MARCH 15TH! 

The International Society for Language Studies, co-sponsored by Wilfrid Laurier University, will hold a conference from June 28-30, 2018 at the Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, about one hour outside of Toronto. The theme of the conference will be “Intersections of Language Studies and Social/Political Movements, Activism, and Participation.” The proposal submission system is now closed and we are no longer accepting proposals. Notification of proposal acceptance or rejection will be sent by January 31st, 2018. All presenters who have not registered for the conference by March 15, 2018 will not be scheduled in the conference program. Selected conference papers will be published in a special issue of Critical Inquiry in Language Studies: An International Journal or in the Readings in Language Studies peer-reviewed book series in 2019. Both publication opportunities are peer-reviewed.

About the Theme

The conference will bring together Canadian and global scholars in language studies, national and international administrators and language program directors, graduate students, educators, and practitioners. We are mindful and proud that Canada has been chosen as the location for this international conference, with its constitutional status as officially bilingual and its commendable efforts in immigration, social justice, and multilingualism. Bringing the International Society for Language Studies to Canada provides a unique opportunity to showcase innovative research from Canada and across the world.
Recent developments in immigration, travel, and international relations make this project timely. The specific emphasis of the conference on intersections of language studies and social/political movements, activism, and participation encourages new directions in research through interdisciplinary junctures that are fruitful and opportune. The conference will explore various facets of language and their relationship to social/political movements, activism, and participation. We view language 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. As such, a main objective of the conference 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.

Conference Registration

The conference registration system is closed. Registration will open in January, 2018 and will close on May 1st. Those who have not registered by that date will have to pay a higher rate at the conference venue.

Financial Assistance

Unfortunately, ISLS is not in a position to offer financial assistance for this conference. Each presenter is expected to seek their own funding.


On-campus housing options  

There are two on-campus housing options available, both of which are within walking distance of the conference venue. The King Street Residence is a typical university residence hall (dormitory) with a private single room and your choice of a semi-private or fully-private bathroom. This is a newer building with air conditioning. The cost of this housing option is $55 (CAD) for the shared bathroom and $75 (CAD) for the fully private bathroom, plus tax, per person, per night. There is also Bricker Residence which is an apartment-style accommodation with 4 single bedrooms, two bathrooms (therefore shared), a kitchen (with refrigerator and stove) living room, and dining area. This housing option is $55 (CAD), plus tax, per person, per night. Both options are accessible. All of the on-campus housing options include free parking and wifi.

On-campus housing is available on a first come, first served basis. To make your reservation, you may contact the WLU housing office directly. You can e-mail your preference to or call 519-884-0710 (extension 3958). WLU will not be able to make reservations for on-campus housing until January 2018, after winter break.

Hotel housing option

The conference events will all take place on the Wilfrid Laurier University campus. However, the official conference hotel for housing purposes will be the Delta Hotel by Marriott in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, within walking distance of the campus venue. The conference rate at this hotel is $169 (CAD) per night, plus tax (currently 13%) for a single or double. At the current exchange rate, this is roughly $133 (USD). This rate is also available 3 days before and after the conference. To make your reservation, you can book directly online. You can also contact the hotel reservation line by calling +1-844-254-5047. If you are calling outside of North America, visit this page to find a local reservation number. The hotel has on-site parking for $10 (CAD) per day or $18 (CAD) for valet parking. The room rate also includes high-speed internet access and access to the fitness center.

Registration Rates
NOTE: Rates are in US Dollars, NOT Canadian Dollars. All fees must be paid in US Dollars. 
Registration fees include access to all sessions, as well as our social event on June 28th and the luncheon on June 29th. Registration fees also include a copy of the most recent volume of the ISLS book series, Readings in Language Studies.

The registration system is now open. Take advantage of the early bird rate and register by March 15th!

Early Bird (Register by March 15th, 2018)

Member : $165
Non-Member: $300
Student/K-12 Member: $100
Student/K-12 Non-Member: $150

Regular Rates (March 16th - May 1, 2018)

Member : $190
Non-Member: $325
Student/K-12 Member: $100
Student/K-12 Non-Member: $150

Onsite Rates (June 28-30, 2018)

Member : $265
Non-Member: $400
Student/K-12 Member: $100
Student/K-12 Non-Member: $150

Have Any Questions?

Contact the conference co-chairs here.


2019: June 20-22 at Open University in Hong Kong
2020: TBD