past conferences


Albuquerque, New Mexico
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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

2016 Conference

The International Society for Language Studies will hold a conference from June 23-25, 2016 at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, USA. The theme of the conference will be “A Critical Examination of Language and Society.” The paper proposal submission is open (see link below). The submission system will close on November 30, 2015. Submissions will not be accepted after the November 30th deadline. Notification of proposal acceptance or rejection will be sent by the end of December 2015. All presenters who have not registered for the conference by February 15, 2016 will not be scheduled in the conference program. Selected conference papers will be published by ISLS in the Readings in Language Studies peer-reviewed book series in 2017.

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, the power relationships between individuals or groups, and so
forth. This conference is designed as a venue for individuals from all disciplines to come together and discuss language from a critical, interdisciplinary lens. In order to provide a guide and structure to the theme, the following represent possible key words (called strands and elaborated here) to describe your proposed session:

Discourse & Society
Language & Society in the Professions & Workplace
Language, Society & K-12 Education
Language, Society & Higher Education/Adult Education
Language Policy & Society
Language, Culture & Society
Researching Society in Language Studies

The on-line proposal system is now open! Click here to submit your proposal. Before submitting your proposal, you are strongly encouraged to review the call for proposals and the step-by-step instructions on the proposal process.


The registration system will open in January, 2016. All registration rates include 1 luncheon and 1 social event.

Early bird conference rates (through February 15, 2016):

$100 for regular members
$250 for non-members (become a member of ISLS and save $50!)
$50 for student and K-12 teacher members
$100 for student and K-12 non-members

Regular conference rates (Feb. 16 - May 1, 2016):

$150 for regular members
$300 for non-members
$75 for student and K-12 teacher members
$125 for student and K-12 teacher non-members

On-site registration rates:

$200 for regular members
$350 for non-members
$75 for students and K-12 teacher members
$125 for student and K-12 teacher non-members


We are excited about having two options for housing for this conference! The first option is on-campus dorm housing. We are still waiting for Illinois State to finalize the prices for next summer, but it will cost around $40-50 per night, per person, and includes breakfast. We have also secured a group rate at the Hyatt Place, also on campus, for $129/night for up to 2 people. This also includes breakfast for up to 2 people and free wifi in the guest room. Keep checking here for additional housing details.

2017 Conference

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