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2018 CONFERENCE


The International Society for Language Studies, co-sponsored by Wilfird 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 open now and will close on November 30, 2017. Submissions will not be accepted after the November 30th deadline. Notification of proposal acceptance or rejection will be sent by January 15, 2018. All presenters who have not registered for the conference by February 28, 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 publications 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.
 
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.

Strands

  • Discourse & Social/Political Movements, Activism, and Participation
  • Language & Social/Political Movements, Activism, and Participation in the Professions & Workplace
  • Language, Social/Political Movements, Activism, and Participation & K-12 Education
  • Language, Social/Political Movements, Activism, and Participation & Higher Education/Adult Education
  • Language Policy & Social/Political Movements, Activism, and Participation
  • Language, Culture & Social/Political Movements, Activism, and Participation
  • Researching Social/Political Movements, Activism, and Participation in Language Studies
  • Other

Explanation of Strands

Discourse & Social/Political Movements, Activism, and Participation
This strand focuses on issues of discourse and language and literacy research and its intersections with movements, activism, and participation. Research in this strand critically examines the relationship between language practices and movements, activism, and participation; movements, activism, and participation within particular linguistic spaces; the influence of contexts on language learners and movements, activism, and participation; bridging movements, activism, and participation and SLA theory; and related areas of inquiry.
 
Language & Social/Political Movements, Activism, and Participation in the Professions & Workplace
This strand attends to investigations of the intersections of movements, activism, and participation and language, as it relates to research, teaching, and professional and workplace practices. This thread focuses on areas such as: language use in these contexts as it relates to movements, activism, and participation; language analysis as it relates to movements, activism, and participation (theoretical and applied phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and discourse analysis); or language processing at it relates to movements, activism, and participation (computational linguistics, neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, etc.).
 
Language, Social/Political Movements, Activism, and Participation & K-12 Education
This strand explores critical theory/pedagogy, research, policy, or other critical aspects of language and K-12 teaching and learning within the context of movements, activism, and participation. This strand focuses on topics such as: curriculum and instruction; assessment; K-12 teacher preparation and in-service teacher development; service-learning; and other matters related to culturally and linguistically diverse learners as they relate to movements, activism, and participation.
 
Language, Social/Political Movements, Activism, and Participation & Higher Education/Adult Education
This strand addresses critical theory/pedagogy, research, policy or other critical aspects of language and higher education/adult teaching and learning within the context of movements, activism, and participation. This thread may include topics such as: curriculum & instruction; assessment; teaching adult language learners; adult professionals; linguistically diverse college students; among many other topics as they relate to movements, activism, and participation.
 
Language Policy & Social/Political Movements, Activism, and Participation
This strand inquires after issues related to language policy within the context of movements, activism, and participation. Interdisciplinary studies are encouraged and research utilizing a variety of methodologies is sought within this, as well as the other, threads. This thread focuses on: language policy formation; language planning; language rights; language education policy; and other related areas of study in complex, multilingual societies. Empirical studies contributing to theories of language policy and the identification of emergent issues related to movements, activism, and participation are welcome.
 
Language, Culture & Social/Political Movements, Activism, and Participation
This strand emphasizes issues related to conceptualizations of language in the public imaginary. Papers may include topics such as: language variety and discrimination; the commodification of culture; and similar sociolinguistic concerns as they relate to movements, activism, and participation.
 
Researching Social/Political Movements, Activism, and Participation in Language Studies
This strand encourages the investigation of methodological issues, tools, and/or processes used in researching intersections between language studies and movements, activism, and participation.
 
Other
Not sure which strand best fits for your proposal? Choose this strand and the Conference Chairs will work to place your proposal with relevant papers in a session.

For step-by-step instructions on the proposal process, go to the following page. 

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.

How to Submit a Proposal

Submitting a proposal is easy. Simply follow the online submission. All proposals must be submitted online through this system. BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR PROPOSAL, please read the following instructions to ensure that you follow the requirements. The online submission system is open now and will close on November 30th, 2017.

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.

Housing

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  conferences@wlu.ca 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.

Early Bird (Register by February 28, 2018)

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

Regular Rates (March 1 - 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.

FUTURE DATES AND LOCATIONS

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