Education and Migration: Languages Foregrounded, Durham University


Education and Migration: Languages Foregrounded taking place at Durham University, UK from 21 to 23 October 2016. Please share the call and consider offering an abstract – details are provided in the attachment (including a publication opportunity) and brief highlights are included below.

21-23 (Friday – Sunday) October, 2016,
School of Education, Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom

International conference website

The conference brings together international keynote speakers and researchers who are researching and working on the borders of languages, languages pedagogy, and policy in contexts where people, and their migratory languages, are under pain and pressure.


Alison Phipps, University of Glasgow, UK

Hilary Footitt, University of Reading, UK

Martha Bigelow, University of Minnesota, USA

Conference themes

Inspired by the above panels, the conference invites papers and panels on research, pedagogies (multilingual, multimodal, multisensory, intercultural), policy development, and teacher practice concerning the opportunities and possibilities for multiple languages. Papers and panels may also address the following (and related) themes:

  • Multilingualism in NGO education contexts
  • Policy and language advocacy for multiple languages in the classroom
  • Community schools and translanguaging in communities
  • Teacher education in multilingual classrooms
  • Languages and the intercultural citizen
  • Modern foreign languages and multiple languages in schools—affordances and possibilities
  • Languages in research, policy, teacher education
  • Multimodal pedagogies for supporting language learning
  • Critical and intercultural pedagogies
  • Languages in contexts of discrimination, trauma, and exclusion: Implications for educational psychology and counselling; identity; multiple language literacies

Panels and speakers

The conference will also include five plenary panels. The following invited researchers/practitioners will each lead a panel (supported by two other experts), on the themes below. The panel will be 90 minutes (roughly 60 mins presentation and supported by 30 minutes of discussion).

1. Angela Creese (University of Birmingham)  – Communities and education; translanguaging in communities; community schools

2. Mike Solly (British Council) – Languages for resilience: Languages education in the context of the Syrian crisis

3. Frances Giampapa (University of Bristol) – Children’s multilingual identities, language brokering, opportunities for multiple literacies; issues concerning ESOL/languages and mainstreaming

4. George Androulakis (University of Thessaly, Vólos)- Migration and schools: Policies for primary and secondary education in Europe.

We invite papers and panels that address these themes. Please submit a title, abstract of 300-350 words. Panels (or 3 or 4 participants) should include a title, brief introduction (50 words), title and abstract for each speaker (150-200 words each). Please include a brief bio of about 100 words for each speaker (include name and institution(s)).

Abstracts of papers and panels should be emailed to by 15th July 2016. Please include the name and email of the corresponding author. Abstracts will be reviewed by an advisory committee and participants will be notified of acceptance by 30th July 2016.

2nd Intl Conference on the Sociolinguistics of Immigration Abstracts until Dec 20


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2nd International Conference on the Sociolinguistics of Immigration

Rapallo (Italy), September, 22-23, 2016
The aim of the Conference is to focus on epistemological and methodological continuities and discontinuities in the sociolinguistics of immigration. Several new researches and approaches have begun to emerge in the last few years: translingualism, polylanguaging, truncated repertoires, crossing metrolingualism.
Two main processes have contributed to this change: the epistemological orientation towards postmodernist and critical social theories within sociolinguistics as well as applied linguistics, linguistic anthropology and related disciplines and globalization.
The focus of attention of the 2nd International Conference of the Sociolinguistics of Immigration is to explore these research orientations, whilst also aiming to critically discuss these and any (dis)continuities and/or potential links between “old” and “new” orientations.
The confirmed plenary speakers will be: A. Creese and A. Blackledge (University of Birmingham) and M. Hundt (University of Zürich).

Abstract Submission
Each abstract should not exceed 500 words (incl. at least four keywords and references). Text should be justified and single-spaced (font size: Times New Roman 12pt).
Name, affiliation, and e-mail address should be on separate first page of the electronic copy.
Every individual presentation will last 20 minutes (plus 10 minutes for discussion and questions).

Important dates
The abstract submission period opens on October 20, 2015.
Abstracts can be submitted until December 20, 2015 and sent as a word attachment to
Confirmation of acceptance: January 20, 2016.
Registration for the conference starts on October 20, 2015 and closes on February 20, 2016.
Conference dates: September 22-23, 2016 .

Further details on the conference can be found at: