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Multilingualism and Identity: Interdisciplinary Perspectives Conference

Event date Event time Event location
11/09/2019 - 13/09/2019 University of Cambridge The Old Schools, Trinity Lane, Cambridge CB2 1TN

Conference organised by Linda Fisher and Wendy Ayres-Bennett as part of the AHRC funded OWRI research project, Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS)

Globalisation and migration are two of the most important phenomena in the early 21st century and bring with them a number of opportunities and challenges, not least in terms of how people communicate and learn in new environments, both real and online. As a result of the rise in the movement of people and in interconnectivity more generally, an already multilingual world is becoming even more multilingual.

How people use and develop their linguistic repertoires has been the subject of much scholarly attention. Less attention has been paid, however, to the ways in which people identify themselves and are identified by others as multilingual.

This conference brings together researchers in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, modern languages and education studies to explore multilingualism and identity from a variety of perspectives, with the aim of creating new synergies.  

Keynote Speakers

  • Professor David Block (ICREA, Universitat de Lleida)
  • Professor Patricia Duff (University of British Columbia)
  • Professor Bonny Norton (University of British Columbia)
  • Professor Alastair Pennycook (University of Technology, Sydney)
  • Professor Alison Phipps (University of Glasgow

Call for papers

Abstracts are invited for presentations at the conference, which will take place at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge. Papers should address explicitly issues of identity and multilingualism. Particularly welcome are submissions which take an interdisciplinary approach to the topic.

The submission of abstracts opens on 1 December 2018 and closes on 4 February 2019.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by Monday 4 March 2019. Only those with successful submissions will be contacted.

Further details can be found on the MEITS website at www.meits.org/events/event/multilingualism-and-identity-interdisciplinary-perspectives.

All questions about submissions should be emailed to meits@mml.cam.ac.uk

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