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CFP: International Society for Language Studies 2018 Conference
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When: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Where: Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario 

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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.


  • 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

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