Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Conferences and Symposia related to Languages Education

International Conference on Community/Heritage Language Education

  • Thursday 11 – Saturday 13 November 2021
  • Sydney Institute of Community Languages Education, University of Sydney 
This conference will explore community/heritage language education and its key role in maintaining and developing intergenerational linguistic and cultural understandings. Bringing together researchers, school leaders, teachers, community members, parents and students, the conference will be organised in two strands. Strand 1 will focus on the latest research into community/heritage languages education. Strand 2 other will focus on effective classroom practice. 

Featured speakers

  • Joseph Lo Bianco, Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.
  • Maria Carreira, professor at the University of California and co-director of the National Heritage Language Resource Center.
  • Vicky Macleroy, Reader in Education and Head of the Centre for Language, Culture and Learning at Goldsmiths, University of London.
  • Mahmoud Al-Batal, Professor of Arabic at the American University in Beirut.
  • Ingrid Piller, Distinguished Professor of Applied Linguistics at Macquarie University, Sydney.
Call for papers, symposia and posters now open. Abstracts (250–300 words) due by 1 July 2021.

For more information:

Multiculturalism, multilingualism and culture-language education in Asia and the Pacific
  • Thursday 18, Friday 19, and Tuesday 25 November 2021
  • Mainly online symposium with possibility of some hybrid face-to-face participation.
This symposium is interested in the socio-cultural-historical-political-economic-educational dimensions and challenges that multiculturalism/multilingualism pose in the modern context in Asia and the Pacific. These straddle intertwined themes such inter-ethnic relations, peace and harmony, indigenous minority rights, culture-language interrelation, culture-language maintenance, language and education policy, and local/regional ethnolinguistic economic vitality.

Invited speakers
  • Prof Miriam Meyerhoff (Oxford University) [on multilingualism in NZ]
  • Dr Fiona Willans (The University of the South Pacific) [on multilingualism in the Pacific]
  • Prof Anthony Liddicoat (University of Warwick) [on multilingual education or language education policy in East and Southeast Asia]
  • Dr. Ruth Singer (University of Melbourne): [on the sociolinguistics of multilingual Indigenous Australian communities]
  • Prof Yongyan Zheng (Fudan University) [on multilingualism and language policy in China] 
Call for abstracts (500 words max) open until Saturday 31 July 2021

For more information: Wayan Arka (, Duck-Young Lee (, Carmel O'Shannessy (Carmel.O' or Yanyin Zhang (

Decentring and Diversifying Languages and Cultures  - 6th National Colloquium of LCNAU (Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities) 
  • Wednesday 24 November - Friday 26 November 2021
  • a hybrid conference, online and in person The University of Queensland, St Lucia
As we continue to adjust to a new (ab)normal reality and to tackle the many challenges faced by an increasingly vulnerable education sector, we invite colleagues to consider critically how the disruption of what it means to teach and research in the field of languages and cultures has been enacted in their own contexts.

Call for Papers open until 28 June
Submissions on topics addresses the colloquium theme particularly welcome - how de/re-centring strategies may have manifested and enhanced the diversification of our teaching and research practices to consider more accessible and inclusive approaches (taking into account questions of gender, race, social class, etc.). However, papers covering other aspects of praxis and lines of inquiry relating to languages and cultures, particularly at the tertiary level, will also be considered.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers
  • Professor Felicity Meakins, ARC Future Fellow, School of Languages and Cultures, University of Queensland
  • Associate Professor Ursula Lanvers, Department of Education, University of York, York, UK
  • Dr Robyn Ober, IRC Fellow, Batchelor Institute
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