Statement from BAAL re. BAAL 2020 Conference

In the light of the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent travel restrictions, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s BAAL conference. We thought it best to make the decision as early as possible to avoid the confusion and inconvenience of a last minute cancellation.

While the current situation may change by September, we do not know what the travel situation will be like at that time and, with the likely pressures of the new academic session, it will be safer (and less stressful for all) if we postpone the conference to 9-11 September 2021.

BAAL 2020 online conference

BAAL 2021 @ Northumbria University

We are delighted that our  plenaries and speakers at the invited colloquium are able to attend in 2021, so the line-up and theme, and conference location, will remain the same – it will just take place a year later. I would like to send my thanks to these individuals for being so flexible, supportive and understanding of this decision.

I hope you are all keeping well and safe. Please do continue to use BAALmail to connect with others in this difficult time.

Kind regards,

Dawn Knight

(Chair of BAAL)

The theme for the conference remains “Challenges and Opportunities in Applied Linguistics”.

More information about the proposed 2021 conference can be found here:

BAAL 2021

Recent past conferences:

52nd – 29-31 August 2019, Manchester Metropolitan University: ‘Broadening the Horizons of Applied Linguistics’. Website. Abstracts.

51st – 6–8 September 2018, York St John University: ‘Taking risks in applied linguistics’. Website. Abstracts. Video of plenaries. Proceedings.

50th – 31 August-2 September 2017, University of Leeds: ‘Diversity in Applied Linguistics: Opportunities, challenges, questions’. Abstracts. Video of plenaries and round-table discussion.  Interviews with main speakers

49th – 1-3 September 2016, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge: ‘Taking stock of Applied Linguistics: Where are we now?’ Website. Proceedings

48th – 3-5 September 2015, Aston University, Birmingham: ‘Breaking Theory: New Directions’. Website. Proceedings

47th – 4-6 September 2014, University of Warwick, Coventry: ‘Learning, Working and Communicating in a Global Context’. WebsiteProceedings.

46th – 5-7 September 2013, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh: ‘Opening New Lines of Communication in Applied Linguistics’. Proceedings.

45th – 6-8 September 2012, University of Southampton: ‘Multilingual Theory and Practice in Applied Linguistics’. Website. AbstractsProceedings.

44th – 1-3 September 2011, University of the West of England: ‘Applied Linguistics: The Impact of Applied Linguistics’. Proceedings.

43rd – 9-11 September 2010, University of Aberdeen: ‘Applied Linguistics: Global and Local’. Proceedings.

42nd – 3-5 September 2009, Newcastle University: ‘Language, Learning, and Context’. Proceedings.

41st – 11-13 September 2008, Swansea University: ‘Taking the Measure of Applied Linguistics’. Proceedings.

40th – 6-8 September 2007,  University of Edinburgh: ‘Technology, Ideology and Practice in Applied Linguistics’. Abstracts. Proceedings

39th – 7-9 September 2006, University College, Cork, Ireland: ‘From Applied Linguistics to Linguistics Applied: Issues, Practices, Trends’. Abstracts. Proceedings.

38th – 15-17 September 2005, University of Bristol: ‘Language, Culture and Identity in Applied Linguistics’. Abstracts.

37th – 9-11 September 2004, Kings College, London. Abstracts.

36th – 2003 Conference, Abstracts.

35th – 2002 Conference.

34th – 2001 Conference, Abstracts.

33rd – 2000 Conference, Abstracts.

31st – 1999 Conference,  Abstracts.

British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)

BAAL is a professional association, based in the UK, which provides a forum for people interested in language and applied linguistics. We have an international professional membership of around 1000 members. 

To read more about what applied linguistics is and does, click here.