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Akita, Japan
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Oranjestad, Aruba
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Orlando, Florida


Honolulu, Hawaii


Montréal, Canada


St. Thomas, USVI

2015 Conference - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 5, 2015

In an effort to increase the diversity of proposals that focus on our theme of 'Language and Community' at our biennial conference in Albuquerque, the Board of Directors has decided to extend the deadline to Monday, January 5, 2015. The deadline for presenters to register for the conference at the early bird rate will be extended to February 28, 2015. Notification of acceptance will be sent to reviewers on a rolling basis starting in the middle of December. See links below for details on the call for proposals and the online submission system.

The International Society for Language Studies will hold its regular biennial conference from June 18-20, 2015 at the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. The theme of the conference will be "Critical Language Studies: Focusing on Community." The paper proposal submission system will be open from April 1, 2014 and close on November 30, 2014. Submissions will not be accepted after the November 30th deadline. Notification of proposal acceptance or rejection will be sent around the middle of December, 2014. All presenters who have not registered for the conference by January 31, 2015 will not be scheduled in the program. Selected conference papers will be published by ISLS in the Readings in Language Studies series, Volume 6, in 2016.

Hotel reservation information will be posted in late November. We have secured a great rate of $109 per night at the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town for single or double occupancy.

The registration system will open in mid-December. Early bird rates (until February 28, 2015) are:

  • Members: $190
  • Non-Members: $300
  • Student Members: $140
  • Student Non-Members: $225

  • About the Theme

    Language is more than the words that are communicated from one to another. Language represents our identity in terms of our relationships with others, how we are connected to others, power between individuals or groups, and so forth. A critical examination of the connection between language and society also requires a critical consideration of the ways in which language and community are linked. Community is defined differently across disciplines and in varying situations, and as such we invite scholars to engage in discussions about how what community means in their respective areas of research and to explicitly discuss how their presentation is relevant to their understanding of the relationship between community and language.

    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:

    Discourse and Community
    Language & Community in the Professions & Workplace
    Language Teaching Practices, Pedagogy & Community
    Language Policy & Community
    Language, Culture & Community
    Researching Community in Language Studies

    For more information, please read the call for proposals. For questions regarding this conference, please e-mail the conference chairs, Erin Mikulec, Jennifer Wooten, and Paul Chamness Miller, at .

    The proposal submission system is open until January 5, 2015! Click here to submit your proposal.
    Instructions for submitting your proposal can be found

    2017 Conference

    The 2017 conference will be held in Honolulu, Hawaii. Details about the conference will be posted in late 2015.