CfP: Diversity and Social Justice in Language Learning, Teaching and Research: Bringing Theory and Practice

CfP: Diversity and Social Justice in Language Learning, Teaching and Research: Bringing Theory and Practice
1 April 2022, 11.55pm - 11.59pm
Call for Papers

Organised and hosted by the School of Languages & Applied Linguistics, The Open University

Abstract deadline: 1 April 2022

Online conference: 14-15 July 2022

Decolonising the curriculum in Languages has recently attracted the attention of a large number of academics, in line with Higher Education Institutions’ agendas on Internationalisation, Diversity and Inclusion. In the past few years, several initiatives have facilitated fruitful discussions on the topic (IMLR symposium, September 2020; AULC Special Interest Group, among others), and, in a recent report, decolonising the curriculum is highlighted as one of the innovative languages pedagogies with the potential of having a high impact on languages education long term (Phips, 2021).

The aim of this conference is to progress these ideas further by collectively reflecting on the relationship between language learning and teaching, inclusion, and social justice, from a multifaceted view: How are grammatically discriminatory languages taught? How can technology support accessibility in language learning? How can Raciolinguistics inform the development of a more inclusive curriculum? What is the impact of ideology in materials development for language learning and teaching? Innovative work that analyses and aims at dealing with these key issues is being conducted mainly on a theoretical level at present, thus it is the focus of the conference to explore how all these ideas can be actively implemented in the languages classroom, building bridges between theoretical perspectives and practical approaches to this emerging research and scholarship area.

Call for papers
Proposals for a 20-minute presentation from a wide variety of interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives are welcomed in the form of research-related papers, presentations of case studies, projects, and practical experiences. Proposals on, but not limited to, the following areas related to the conference theme, are encouraged:
Ideologies in Language Education
Inclusivity and accessibility in language learning and teaching
Social justice in language learning and teaching
Decolonisation of Languages Curriculum
Critical Pedagogy and language learning and Teaching
Language Teaching in Multilingual Contexts
Languages, Digital Decolonisation and Inclusion

Key dates
Abstract Submission Deadline: 1 April 2022
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: 30 April 2022
Deadline to send the supporting materials through: 1 July 2022
Conference Dates: 14-15 July 2022

Please send your proposals by email to the organising team by 1 April 2022:

For full details please visit the Conference Website 

This conference is organised with the support of the Institute of Modern Languages Research.


Conference team