Language Policy Forum 2018

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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)

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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. 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 abstract deadline has now passed. Non-presenting attendees are still welcome to register under the same fee structure, using the form below.

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.

Conference fees

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; it has not been booked yet but is likely to be around £15 per person.

Employed full-time, BAAL non-member: £65 (to join BAAL, visit

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

Non-presenting attendees are welcome to register under the same fees, using the form below.