Category Archives: Calls for conference presentation proposals

English Scholars Beyond Borders upcoming conference in Izmir, Turkey

It’s been nice to see the English Scholars Beyond Borders group slowly taking off. After two successful conferences, they are going to have a Symposium in Izmir, Turkey, the site of their first inaugural conference, which I was honored to present a plenary at. The upcoming symposium is December 2015. I unfortunately can’t make it this time, but am looking forward to attending their May 2016 conference in Taiwan. Details of both conferences are here.


The following conference looks like it could be quite interesting, and an excellent excuse to get to Switzerland at the same time. It’s a bit outside of my subspecialty, but much writing for academic publication is submitted, reviewed, and revised digitally these days, and so could be potentially relevant to the conference theme.

AILA-Europe and VALS-ASLA welcome you to the 7th Junior Researchers Meeting in Applied Linguistics

10th–12th September 2015

Hosted by the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

The Junior Researchers Meeting allows early career applied linguists to present their research and network in an interactive and informal international environment. “Junior Researchers” include those working on their Master’s and PhD theses, as well as those who have graduated within the last three years.

At the conference, each paper session will have designated senior researchers as commentators to guarantee questions and discussion. The programme will also include workshops on various aspects of academic career, such as publishing and seeking for funding.

The conference focuses on language use in digital environments within and across educational, academic, professional and everyday settings. Besides this conference focus, papers on other areas of applied linguistics are welcome. A paper may present also work in progress.

Please submit your abstract of no more than 350 words (excluding the title) to:

Plenary speakers

Prof. Dr. Troy Hicks, Central Michigan University, USA
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chistina Gitsaki, Zayed University Dubai, UAE
Prof. Dr. Daniel Perrin, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. Wibke Weber, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

Important dates

Submission closes March 30, 2015
Notification of acceptance: May 30, 2015
Early bird registration: July 30, 2015
Final registration: August 30, 2015

Conference venue

ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
School of Applied Linguistics
Theaterstrasse 15c, P.O. Box
8401 Winterthur

The city and region of Winterthur is an independent and dynamic center in the Zurich economic area with a population of around 180,000. Over 75,000 people are employed in one of more than 7,500 firms and enterprises. Winterthur is also home to the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), which is one of Switzerland’s largest multi-disciplinary universities of applied sciences and has turned Winterthur into a vibrant university town.

Organising committee

Prof. Dr. Daniel Perrin
Dr. Aleksandra Gnach
Deborah Harzenmoser

JALT LD SIG Conference Tokyo, December 14

The JALT LD SIG is planning a small conference in Tokyo for December 14. Details follow:

We hope you’ve been having a great summer wherever you are. We’d like to share with you news about the small informal conference that the SIG is holding on Sunday December 14 – Building Community: Learning Together

The conference is open for students and teachers to take part in, and the main presentation format for the afternoon involves poster presentations and/or digital displays, within the very broad theme of Building Community: Learning Together. There will be spaces for extended discussions too. You can find further details about this special event here. We very much hope you’ll be interested in taking part and can also encourage your students to participate. 

To that end, we warmly invite proposals from students and teachers interested in sharing their collaborative work on the theme of “Creating Community: Learning Together”. To register as a presenter and to submit a proposal, please complete the Call for Proposals form here. The online registration and the Call for Proposals deadline period runs from October 12 to October 19 2014. 

「コミュニティの創造:共に学ぶ」: 一日間のインフォーマルな学習者ディベロプメントSIGの 学会, 12月14日(日), 大妻女子大学, 東京,市ヶ谷) 「コミュニティの創造:共に学ぶ」は12月14日(日)に大妻女子大学(東京,市ヶ谷)で開催され ます、一日間のインフォーマルな学習者ディベロプメントSIGの 学会です。私たちは「コミュニティの創造:共に学ぶ」というこのテーマで、ご自身の研究を共有することに関心のある学生や教員の方々からの申し込みを募集 しております。申し込みの受付は2014年10月19日までになります。参加者間での双方向の活動や議論を促進するため、当学会における多くのプレゼン テーションはデジタル・ディスプレイ、もしくはポスター・プレゼンテーションで行う予定です。数に限りはありますが、フォーマルな形でのプレゼンテーショ ンを行う場所もございます。申し込みを行うには以下のURLをクリックし、フォームへの記入を行ってください。参加者の皆様にお会いできるのを楽しみにしております。

Best wishes

Andy Barfield, Fumiko Murase, Ken Ikeda, & Stacey Vye
LD SIG December mini-conference organizing team

PS  For more information and get-together reports, please visit

CamTESOL 2015 Call for Proposals

CamTESOL is a conference I’ve wanted to attend for a while. It will have to wait until after 2015 for me, but here’s their call for papers in case someone else is interested:

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Friday 22 August, 2014
Call for Papers: Main Conference
Deadline in Three Weeks’ Time

The CamTESOL Secretariat invites all those working in the field of English Language Teaching (ELT), or those who have an interest in this field to submit an abstract for the 11th Annual CamTESOL Conference on English Language Teaching, English: Building Skills for Regional Cooperation and Mobility, 28 February – 01 March, 2015.

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 13 September, 2014

Notification re. Abstraction Selection: 18 October, 2014

All abstracts submitted should relate to the following conference streams:

•   Curriculum and Materials Development •   Publishers’ Stream
•   EAP & ESP •   Research-based Stream
•   ELT in the Mekong •   Teaching Speaking
•   Grammar •   Teaching Listening
•   Independent Learning •   Teaching Reading
•   Language Policy •   Teaching Writing
•   Methodology •   Teaching Young Learners
•   Motivation •   Testing
•   Professional Development •   Using Technology
•   Program Management •   Vocabulary

To submit your abstract, please click here.


  • In conjunction with the Main Conference, we also invite all researchers, including those preparing doctoral theses, those working in the field of language-related areas, and those who have an interest in this field, to submit an abstract for the Regional Research Symposium (27 February, 2015) with the focus on promoting language research in the region. To submit your abstract to the Regional Research Symposium, please click here.
  • In order to present at the Regional Research Symposium, presenters will need to register for both the Main Conference and the Regional Research Symposium itself.
  • If presenters wish to present at both events, two separate Call for Papers submissions will need to be completed; one for the Main Conference and one for the Regional Research Symposium.
  • The deadlines for full paper submissions to be considered for the peer-reviewed LEiA publication are08 March 2015 for Volume 6, Issue 1 and 07 June, 2015 for Volume 6, Issue 2. For more information, please click here.
For any enquiries, please email

Mr. CHEA Theara
CamTESOL Conference Program Coordinator
Join us at the 11th CamTESOL Conference on 28 February – 01 March 2015.
For more information, go to

The CamTESOL Conference Series is an initiative of IDP Education

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Symposium on Second Language Writing, November 13-15, 2014 USA, deadline June 1 2014

I’ve been to the Symposium on Second Language Writing twice, and am considering going again this year. Their call for presentation proposals is below.

Call for Proposals

The 13th Symposium on Second Language Writing
“Professionalizing Second Language Writing”
November 13-15, 2014
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

The 2013 Symposium Organizing Committee seeks proposals for 20-minute presentations that address various topics within the field of L2 writing—broadly defined.

Any topic related to second language writing theory, research, or teaching is welcome; we especially encourage proposals that seek to challenge the status quo in the field by introducing new topics as well as new theoretical and methodological approaches.

As with all previous Symposium iterations, we are interested in L2 writing issues in any second or foreign language for any age groups in personal, academic, professional and civic contexts. Given the theme of the Symposium, we particularly encourage proposals that address issues of second language writing as a profession.

Proposals must include both a 50-word summary and a 500-word abstract (including references). To submit your proposal, please use the online proposal submission form available at:

Proposals must be received by 23:59:59 on June 1, 2014 (Arizona Time; Mountain Standard Time; UTC-0700). Proposals will be peer reviewed by a panel of experts. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by July 30, 2014.

Multiple submissions are allowed, but the same person cannot be listed as the first author for more than one proposal. Once the proposal has been accepted, no additional presenters can be added.

For more information about SSLW 2014, please visit our website at:

We look forward to receiving your proposal!

Call for contributions for JALT Learner Development SIG Forum at JALT2014 in Tsukuba in November

This just in from the JALT Learner Development SIG:

Call for Contributions for the Learner Development SIG Forum at JALT2014, Tsukuba, Tsukuba International Convention Center, November 21-24, 2014

Greetings from the LD SIG. The deadline for presentations for this year’s JALT National conference is over, but there is still time to make a contribution to the Learner Development SIG Forum. This year, we are planning to hold a forum entitled “Learner Development Across Borders” and we warmly invite you to contribute.

Contributions from individuals are welcome, however in the LD SIG’s spirit of collaboration, we would like to encourage you to work together in pairs or groups with other SIG members or colleagues to make your contributions to the forum. There are 3 ideas for borders that could be used to make your contributions:

1) Learner development across international borders: Here contributions might focus on the ways that learner development is implemented outside Japan. If you have taught outside Japan or if you have colleagues who are teaching in other countries, this could be a good chance to share and discuss your experiences of promoting learner development in different cultural contexts.

2) Learner development across interdisciplinary borders: Here contributions might focus on how ideas outside the field of LD or even language education (for example psychology, business, archaeology, etc) can be used to complement and enhance concepts in Learner development (for example, autonomy or collaborative learning) and illuminate new directions for Learner Development. This might also be a good opportunity for members to collaborate and co-present with members from other SIGs.

3) Learner development across contextual borders: Here contributions might focus on how contextual factors can influence the implementation of learner development concepts, for example, learners with lower vs higher linguistic ability or high school vs university vs adult students, etc. This might be a good chance for you to work together with other teachers and look at the different challenges you face and then discuss the various considerations of implementing LD into different contexts with the participants in the forum.

These are 3 ideas of different borders you could explore for your contributions, but if you have your own ideas of other borders for LD, please feel free to submit those too.

As for the format of the forum, at present we plan to hold simultaneous displays or presentation corners, with plenty of opportunities for audience interaction, discussion and plenary roundup.

The deadline for submissions is April 30th 2014. To participate, please send to <>the following information:

1. a title for your contribution
2. a few sentences (maximum 100 words) about your contribution to the forum and what you will focus on
3. your first name and family name
4. your JALT membership number
5. your affiliation
6. your LD membership status (LD SIG member/subscriber: yes/no)
7. your email address
8. a contact cell phone number if you have one.

If you have any questions or want to discuss your contribution. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to hearing from you! Many thanks!

Presenting at The International Symposium on Innovative Teaching and Research in ESP 2014 Tokyo, Japan February 2014

2014-1-30 Update: The poster for the event is now available. See below.

I really enjoyed presenting about my research into the experiences of Japan-based language teachers writing for academic publication at JAIST in 2013 for the JALT CUE SIG Symposium, so was thrilled when asked to present at a similar event in 2014, The International Symposium on Innovative Teaching and Research in ESP 2014. Their call for poster presentation proposals is now open. Details below.

Hopefully see you there!

September 2014 deadline for June 2015 conference in Hong Kong: Sociolinguistics of Globalization: (De)centring and (De)standardization

This looks like an interesting conference, with plenty of time planned for getting your submission in—deadline September 2014 for their call for papers.

Full Title: Sociolinguistics of Globalization: (De)centring and (De)standardization

Date: 03-Jun-2015 – 06-Jun-2015
Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Contact Person: Adam Jaworski
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Sep-2014

Meeting Description:
Following on a decade from the ‘Language & Global Communication’ conference held at Cardiff University (2005), the sociolinguistics of globalization has emerged and developed as an important, interdisciplinary programme of research. Much excellent work has broadened our understanding of the role of language in the representation, manifestation and spread of the ideologies and material processes of globalization.

We invite a reflection and re-assessment of these issues. Specifically, as suggested in the subtitle of the conference, we propose to focus on issues of spatial and symbolic mobility, change and paradigmatic state of flux that appear to characterize much of contemporary social life. With the social, cultural, political and economic processes continuing to destabilize traditional ‘centres’ and normativities, we are interested in identifying new, emerging regimes of language, dominant language ideologies, and the resources that are deployed to maintain and to subvert these ideologies.

We continue asking two fundamental and interrelated questions: How are we to continue theorizing language and communication under globalization? How can sociolinguistic theory shed new light on our understanding of globalization?

Plenary Speakers:
Professor Nikolas Coupland
University of Technology, Sydney and Copenhagen University
Professor Christopher Hutton
University of Hong Kong
Professor Michelle Lazar
National University of Singapore
Professor Christopher Stroud
University of the Western Cape
Professor Kathryn Woolard
University of California, San Diego

Call for Papers:
The topics of the papers, colloquia and plenaries include, but are not limited to, the following key themes:
– Communities, networks, groups and individuals
– Prganizations, institutions, collectives
– Time and place
– Hubs, margins and peripheries
– Nodes and trajectories
– Work and leisure
– War and peace
– Heart and mind
– Love and hate
– Thinking beyond the binaries
– The commodification of social life
– Crisis? what crisis?
– Occupy and activism
– Resources
– Superdiversity, class, privilege
– Creativity, reproduction, appropriation
– Legitimacy, censorship, contestation and (self-) reflexivity
– Mobilities, cultures of (im)mobility and displacement
– Singularity and normativity
– Mediations and mediatizations
– Embodied and multisensory communication
– Affect, pleasure, sensuality
– Technologies, environments, futures
– Art and performance
– Rituals and spectacles

We invite abstract submissions for the following types of contributions:
Individual papers: 30 minutes including 10 minutes for discussion
Colloquia: To consist of 4-8 individual papers

Proposals for colloquia should include one abstract outlining the theme and rationale of the colloquium and individual abstracts for all papers to be presented in the colloquium. Colloquia organizers are welcome to post a call for abstracts on the conference website by sending the title and a brief description of the colloquium to the organizers at

1st call for papers: September 2013
2nd call for papers: February 2014
Submission of abstracts opens: 1 July 2014
Submission of abstracts closes: 30 September 2014
Notification of acceptance: January 2015
Registration opens: January 2015
Conference: 3-6 June 2015

Organizing Committee:

The Conference is organized by The School of English, The University of Hong Kong:

Katherine Chen
Adam Jaworski (Chair)
Agnes Kang
Lisa Lim
Adrian Pablé

‘The Sociolinguistics of Globalization 2015′
School of English
The University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam Road
Hong Kong