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The International Society for Language Studies, co-sponsored by the University Hawaii - Manoa, will hold a conference from June 15-17, 2017 at the University of Hawaii – Manoa in Honolulu. The theme of the conference will be “Intersections of Peace and Language Studies.” The proposal system concluded on November 30, 2016 and is now closed. Scroll down for details about on-campus and hotel accommodations. Click here to see the conference schedule. Selected conference papers will be published by ISLS in the Readings in Language Studies peer-reviewed book series in 2018.

About the Theme

Peace is often defined as freedom from oppression, the end of conflict or even harmony in relationships. Whatever the definition, the word peace means different things to different people. Peace is an important concept that also connects to the focus of ISLS: the intersections and meeting places of language and power, identity, and social justice. It is in this light that we invite proposal submissions that specifically address some aspect of this focus and its intersection with the concept of peace.

The ISLS conference is a venue for individuals from all disciplines to come together and discuss language from a critical, interdisciplinary lens (language use, language learning, language teaching, critical language studies, to name a few). To that end, we encourage submissions from across fields of study where their work connects language to peace.
In order to provide a guide and structure to the theme, the following represent possible key words (called strands and elaborated below) to describe your proposed session.

Conference Registration

The conference registration system is now open. To register for the conference, point your browser here. Online registration closes on May 1st. Those who have not registered by that date will have to pay a higher rate at the conference venue.

The on-line proposal system is NOW CLOSED.

Financial Assistance

Applications for travel grants are now no longer being accepted. The deadline was November 30th, 2016. Notifications will be sent by the end of January, 2017.


There will be two options for housing. The first option is on-campus dorm housing at the University of Hawaii-Manoa at a very affordable rate (see below). The second option is the Courtyard Marriott Waikiki Beach, also at a very special rate that we have negotiated with the hotel. Details about housing options are below.

On-campus housing options  

For the budget traveler, the East-West Center Residence Halls provide affordable on-campus accommodations. Each residence hall has a reception desk to provide check-in and check-out services. The desks also take messages, provide change for laundry and vending machines, issue spare keys, and provide general information. Air conditioning is NOT available in any of the East-West Center residence halls. 
If you are interested in staying at one of the three residence halls, please contact the East-West Center Housing Office directly to make your reservation. Be sure to mention that you are an "ISLS 2017 group member," so you can get the special rates. Please make your reservation as early as possible for your best chance at getting a room. They fill up quickly.

East-West Center Housing Office 
1711 East-West Road 
Honolulu, HI 96848-1711 
Phone: +1-808-944-7805 
Fax: +1-808-944-7790 

1) Lincoln Hall is a four-story building serviced by one elevator. All rooms have private bathrooms, telephone service, WiFi, and cable TV.  Studios ($56/night) have a double bed. Corner studios ($69/night) are bigger with 2 double beds. 1-bedroom units ($80/night) have a Queen-size bed and a kitchenette. Bedding, linen and towels are provided. Rooms are cleaned Monday through Friday. Lincoln Hall Desk Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (After hours check-in can be done at Hale Manoa) 

2) Hale Manoa is a 13-story dormitory serviced by two elevators. Single dorm rooms are $32 per night. Double dorm rooms (2 single beds) are $43 per night. Telephone service, WiFi, bedding and linen are provided in all rooms. Room cleaning services, towels and soap are NOT provided. Towel packets are available at the front desk for a nominal cost. All dorm rooms have shared bathroom facilities. Limited kitchen facilities and coin-operated laundry machines are located on each floor. In addition, residents have access to lounges for TV viewing and social gatherings. Hale Manoa Desk Hours: Open 24 hours a day

3) Hale Kuahine is a four-story dormitory with no elevator. Physical arrangements and rates are the same as Hale Manoa. Hale Kuahine Desk Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (After hours check-in can be done at Hale Manoa) 

Hotel housing option

For those who prefer to be closer to Waikiki and the beach and the comfort of a hotel, we have secured a great rate of $169 per night (plus tax) at the Courtyard Marriott Waikiki Beach. Each room has complimentary wi-fi and coffee/tea and there is a fitness center and swimming pool. You can book your room directly by calling +1-808-954-4016 (this is not the main reservation line, but a convention coordinator desk, so their hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hawaii time). If you call, be sure to mention you are a part of the International Society for Language Studies 2017 conference. You can also book online. The hotel is willing to offer the conference rate 3 days before and after the conference. We will provide complimentary bussing each day of the conference to the university from the hotel (once in the morning to campus and once after the last conference event back to the hotel each day). The hotel is about 2 miles (3.25 km) from the university. There is a public bus and there are taxis for those who do not wish to come to campus by bus.

Registration Rates

Regular Rate (March 1-May 1, 2017):

Members:  $275
Non-Members: $400
Students & K-12 Members: $100
Students & K-12 Non-Members: $175


Members & Non-Members: $400
Students & K-12 Members: $100
Students & K-12 Non-Members: $175


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As an organization that critically challenges discrimination, abuse of power, and that strives to promote social justice and equity, the ISLS Board of Directors has decided to hold our 2018 conference in a location that is more inclusive of all members and colleagues wishing to share their research. Therefore, the 2018 conference will be moved from Portland, Oregon to Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and will be hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. We believe this venue change will allow for the highest level of access to international membership and will partner with a host institution that offers excellent facilities and accommodations. The 2019 conference, to be hosted by Open University in Hong Kong, SAR, will continue as planned. We are also looking to 2020 and beyond at possible venues that will continue to promote inclusive, international participation at our conferences.
Given the current political climate not only in the US, but in other places around the world, the Board has also chosen the following theme for the 2018 conference: “Intersections of Language Studies and Social/Political Movements, Activism, and Participation.” We will share more details about the 2018 conference, how to submit a proposal, and so forth, immediately after this summer's conference in Hawaii.


2018: June 28-30 at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
2019: June 20-22 at Open University in Hong Kong