Language Policy Forum 2018

ABSTRACT submission is now closed. REGISTRATION is OPEN!

(Register by 15 March to be entered into a book raffle!)


The following apply to both presenters and non-presenting attendees.

  • Employed full-time, BAAL non-member: £65 (to join BAAL, click here).
  • Employed full-time, BAAL member: £60
  • Student with conference funding: £20
  • BAAL student member: £0
  • Fractional, adjunct, hourly-paid, retired, unfunded PhD student, or between jobs: £0
  • Dinner, 31 May at Piccolino (optional): £15
    • NOTE: we have kept the dinner fee low, for inclusivity, by agreeing with the restaurant a fixed menu: bread & olives starter, then choice of one meat dish (Pollo Milanese: Chicken breast with parmesan & rosemary breadcrumb and mozzarella & spaghetti pomodoro) or one vegan (Rigatoni pomodoro: pasta, olive oil, fresh tomatoes, basil), plus glass of wine/juice. Dietary needs can be accommodated; and diners can pay for extras like desserts individually.

Deadline for presenters: 31 March.

Deadline for non-presenting attendees: 30 April.

To register:

1) Click here to make a registration account

2) Click here to register

(If you have already registered for the conference but not the dinner, then reconsidered the dinner, you can book in for that separately here.)


We registered accessibility needs during the abstract submission stage. If you are registering now for the first time as a non-presenting attendee, and you have accessibility needs, please also email to let us know.


Outline confirmed so far:

31 May. Plenary Tony Liddicoat. Editors' panel (details below). Conference dinner.

1 June. Plenary Marilyn Martin-Jones. Prize draw.

Full programme to follow shortly after 31 March presenter registration deadline.

Language policy in the age of diversity: Dilemmas and hopes

31 May — 1 June 2018, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Plenary speaker(s): Prof. Marilyn Martin-Jones (University of Birmingham), Prof. Tony Liddicoat (University of Warwick)

Editors’ Panel (for advice on publishing):

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Venue: Owen Building, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield S1 1WB. Five minute walk from Sheffield central train station. Click 'View larger map' below to work out directions from elsewhere.

Accommodation in Sheffield is very affordable. We recommend and/or to find somewhere (though some universities will not reimburse AirBnB accommodation for insurance reasons, so check that first). The university is also on the Sheffield tram route, so you could stay a little outside of the centre and still have easy access.

The Language Policy Forum 2018 invites scholars, practitioners and other stakeholders to take stock of what language policy means in times of growing diversity. We are especially interested in presentations that discuss dilemmas (language-related problems in the world) and hopes (possible solutions, perhaps as a result of applying research findings).

Language policy permeates all domains of life, from the workplace, to the home and family, to schools, government, and other institutional settings. It materialises as something that enables some people to participate in these domains of life, and constrains others. The BAAL Language Policy group exists to enable dialogue on all areas of language policy research. We therefore encourage theoretical, methodological, and empirical contributions from fields such as (but by no means limited to): sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, political philosophy, economics, education, globalisation, and migration.

As well as presentations of new empirical findings, we encourage discussions of our own diversity of research practices: topics and data, methodologies, and practical applications. We also encourage pedagogical submissions, exploring innovative approaches to the teaching of language policy in higher education.

Within this broad scope, we have no preferred themes or sub-disciplinary areas. This is the Language Policy Forum, a forum for all research about language policy.

Updates and preliminary discussions will take place on the mailing list of the Language Policy special interest group. The group is open to all, and free to join. Just click the 'Join!' link in the menu at the top of this page.

Finally, there will be book raffles at the end of the Forum, so please don’t miss the fun!

Feel free to contact us with any queries. We are listed under the 'Committee members' page, linked in the menu at the top.

A note about the conference fees & dinner

We are aiming for maximum inclusivity in this conference, at all career stages, and taking into account variations in job security throughout academia. For this reason we are keeping costs low, which includes not providing lunch, or a wine reception. (There is an excellent canteen on campus for delegates to buy lunch, or supermarkets a few minutes away in the city centre for cheaper alternatives.) Instead we are spending our budget mainly on ensuring everyone can take part, including sign language interpreters, childcare, and coffee! The conference dinner will also be cheaper than is conventional, also in the interests of inclusivity, limited to a set main course (meat or vegetarian) and one drink. Diners can order extra items like desserts individually on the night.