Language Policy Forum 2019

Language policy: Lenses, layers, entry points

30-31 May 2019, University of Edinburgh, UK

Our 2019 conference leads on from our highly successful inaugural conference in 2018 at Sheffield Hallam University, UK, where delegates from over 20 countries met to discuss a diversity of issues in language policy. This year we hope to attract another vibrant, diverse, international and interdisciplinary crowd. Welcome all!

The local organising committee: Rachel O'Neill (chair), Florence Bonacina-Pugh and Hao Zhang.


Plenary speakers

Prof. Helen Kelly Holmes, Professor of Applied Languages and Director of the Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Limerick, Ireland

Prof. Constant Leung, Professor of Educational Linguistics, Kings College London, UK

Call for papers

The deadline for submissions is 19th December 2018.

The Language Policy Forum 2019 invites scholars, practitioners and others to explore various lenses available to us to understand the multiple layers of language policy processes. Whether it being an image, a discourse, a practice or an ideology, language policy can be approached via different entry points. These call for different analytical lenses, which in turn shed light on different layers of language policy.

This is the Language Policy Forum, a forum for all research about language policy.

The Language Policy special interest group ( exists to enable such broad and inclusive dialogue. We are open to a wide diversity of fields, including (but by no means limited to) sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, linguistic ethnography, linguistic anthropology, political philosophy, economics, education studies, globalisation and migration studies.

Submitting your proposal

Please use the registration form below. Note that we are not inviting submissions of colloquia or panels. We will follow a double blind peer review process with international expertise.

  • Abstracts may not exceed 300 words (including references).
  • Presentations will be 20 minutes, plus 5 minutes for discussion and 5 minutes for handover.
  • Posters will be displayed in the main conference hall where tea and coffee is served. Poster presentations will be allocated a specific time in the programme.
  • If an abstract is accepted, the author (or one of the authors) is expected to present the paper/poster in person.
  • You may submit a maximum of two contributions: one as first/sole author and one as second author.

Joining the Language Policy BAAL SIG

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:

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.

  • Employed full-time, BAAL non-member: £120
  • Employed full-time, BAAL member: £100
  • Non-BAAL students with conference funding: £60
  • BAAL students with conference funding: £50
  • Fractional, retired, hourly-paid, adjunct, or student without conference funding: £20

We look forward to discussing language policy with you in Edinburgh! Please pass this on widely in your own networks and to anyone you think may be interested.


We aim for maximum accessibility, including physical location, navigation of buildings. The venue is fully accessible, with level access and lifts between floors.

We are extremely grateful to the Moray House School of Education at the University of Edinburgh and SCILT for supporting BSL / English sign language interpreting at the conference. Deaf delegates with Access to Work funding, please contact Events Organiser Rachel O’Neill ( to discuss, which can be by Skype / Facetime.

We will also provide a limited number of childcare places to delegates, at no extra cost, in the interests of inclusion for working parents and caregivers.

A phone signal is available on most networks throughout the campus. There is also campus-wide eduroam (works with any university login), and a guest wifi signal (login details will be given during the conference).

If you have other accessibility needs, please also email to discuss.

Suggested nearby Accommodation

Abstract submission

Please complete the survey below to submit your abstract.

Please note we will be inviting registration of non-presenting attendees after the presenters have been accepted. This will be advertised by the same channels in early 2019.