Call for papers: Language Policy Forum 2018

(Due to multiple requests, we have extended the submission deadline to **15 January 2018**. Our original call is repeated below.)

Theme: Language policy in the age of diversity – dilemmas and hopes

When: 31 May — 1 June, 2018

Where: Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Plenary speaker(s): Prof. Marilyn Martin-Jones (University of Birmingham), Prof. Tony

Liddicoat (University of Warwick)

Editors’ Panel (for advice on publishing):

Helen Kelly Holmes (Language Policy)

Tony Liddicoat (Current Issues in Language Planning)

John Edwards (Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development)

Marilyn Martin-Jones (Routledge book series Critical Studies in Multilingualism)

This event is kindly supported by Springer, Bloomsbury, Routledge, Equinox, and

Sheffield Hallam University.

The Language Policy Forum 2018 invites scholars, practitioners and other stakeholders to take stock of what language policy means in times of growing diversity. We are especially interested in presentations that discuss dilemmas (language-related problems in the world) and hopes (possible solutions, perhaps as a result of applying research findings).

Language policy permeates all domains of life, from the workplace, to the home and family, to schools, government, and other institutional settings. It enables some people to participate in these domains of life, and constrains others. The Language Policy special interest group ( exists to enable dialogue on all areas of language policy research. We therefore encourage contributions from fields such as (but by no means limited to): sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, linguistic ethnography, political philosophy, economics, education studies, globalisation and migration studies.

As well presentations of empirical findings, we encourage meta-discussions of our own diversity of research practices: topics and data types, methodologies, and practical applications. We also encourage pedagogical submissions, exploring innovative approaches to the teaching of language policy in higher education.

Within this broad scope, we have no preferred themes or sub-disciplinary areas. This is the Language Policy Forum, a forum for all research about language policy.

Oral presentations will be 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes for discussion and handover.

Abstracts (up to 300 words, including references, in word format) should be submitted by 15 January 2017 to

Please note we are not inviting submissions of colloquia or panels.

Updates and preliminary discussions will take place on the mailing list of the

Language Policy special interest group. The group is open to all, and free to join: Finally, there will be book raffles at

the end of the Forum, so please don’t miss the fun!

Conference fees

We are aiming for maximum inclusivity in this conference, at all career stages, and

taking into account variations in job security throughout academia. For this reason

we are keeping overheads low, which includes not providing lunch or a wine reception.

(There is an excellent canteen on campus for delegates to buy lunch, or local shops for cheaper alternatives.) And with inclusivity in mind, the conference dinner will be cheaper than is conventional; it has not been booked yet but is likely to be around £15 per person.

Employed full-time, BAAL non-member: £65 (to join BAAL, visit

Employed full-time, BAAL member: £60

Student with conference funding: £20

BAAL student member: £0

Fractional, retired, hourly-paid, adjunct, student without conference funding: £0

We look forward to discussing language policy with you in Sheffield. And please pass this on widely in your own networks and to anyone you think may be interested!

All the best,

Florence Bonacina-Pugh and Elisabeth Barakos (Co-convenors of the Language Policy BAAL SIG)