Conferences 2007

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The 4th UC Language Consortium Conference on SLA
Theoretical and Pedagogical Perspectives

University of California, Santa Barbara
April 25-27, 2008

Keynote Speaker: Professor Rod Ellis, Applied Language Studies and Linguistics, University of Auckland
On April 27th, Rod Ellis will also lead a half-day workshop

We invite submissions for presentations from scholars in all disciplines who are involved in research on second language learning and teaching. Please see the UC Consortium website for details concerning submission of abstracts

Note to lecturers, faculty, and graduate students affiliated with the University of California: There will be limited funding provided by UCCLLT for travel and lodging expenses for both participants and attendees.


SALRC has a limited number of travel grants available to advanced graduate students and non-tenured faculty in South Asian languages whose papers are accepted for presentation at the following upcoming conferences:

2008 Annual Meeting of the National Council of Less Commonly
Taught Languages (NCOLCTL), Madison, WI, April 24-27,

2008 The Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium
(CALICO) with The International Association for Language
Learning Technology (IALLT) Conference, San Francisco,
California, March 18-22,

Priority will be given to those who have not received SALRC conference support in the previous 12 months. The SALRC asks that applicants first attempt to receive funding from their home institution before applying for a SALRC grant. Faculty from institutions that do not have a South Asia Title VI Center are especially encouraged to apply. Faculty at South Asia NRC institutions are expected to get support from their home institution. Travel grant requests must be received by SALRC by 4 February 2008.

SALRC will consider those applicants whose papers complement our center’s mission of forwarding the teaching of South Asian
languages and developing the pedagogical skills and tools to do so. For further information on the SALRC’s mission and priorities, visit our website at

Requests to SALRC for support should be accompanied by the proposal abstract that you submitted for the conference, the conference’s acceptance letter, and your proposed budget. Please apply to us via e-mail at


Mediating Multilingualism: Meanings and Modalities
University of Jyvaskyla, Finland June 2-5, 2008

Invited speakers:
Jan Blommaert (University of London / University of Jyvaskyla)
Diane Mavers (University of London)
Ben Rampton (University of London)
Steven Thorne (Pennsylvania State University)
Crispin Thurlow (University of Washington)

Deadline for abstracts: January 15, 2008 Guidelines for submission:

Description of the conference:

In today’s globalized world of mobilities and flows, multilingualism is increasingly an everyday phenomenon that people encounter and have to cope with in work, education, institutions, leisure time and media uses, for example. In these various contexts, multilingualism can be mediated not only by languages, but also by a range of other semiotic means such as genres discourses, styles, embodied action, and visuality.

At the same time multilingualism is a mediational system in itself, sustaining, but also mobilizing and reorganizing language user identities, relationships and possibilities for action and the relative values of languages. Multilingualism can thus have repercussions in terms of what resources and possibilities individuals and groups have to agency and participation.

The conference on Mediating Multilingualism approaches mediation and multilingualism from this double perspective: in its focus are the different ways and means for mediating multilingualism, as well as multilingualism as a mediational system. The aim is to shed light on the complexities of this relationship and to develop new ways of investigating and understanding the roles, meanings, and modalities of mediation
in multilingual settings. To this end, the conference aims at bringing together researchers, students, teachers and other practitioners who share an interest in exploring the interface between mediation and multilingualism as a particular linguistic, social, cultural and ideological contact zone where the meanings of languages, identities and relationships are reassessed and renegotiated.

The conference is organized at the University of Jyvaskyla as the 26th Summer School of Applied Language Studies. It will consist of invited keynote lectures, workshops, and paper sessions. The topics of the keynote lectures and workshop will be announced later.

Call for papers: Submissions are solicited for 20-min. papers and posters relating to the conference theme. Studies on any languages and disciplinary takes (e.g. sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, discourse studies, pragmatics, ethnography, and language learning and teaching) are welcome. The main working
language of the conference is English. Individual papers and posters can be presented in other languages, but no interpretation services are automatically provided by conference organization. Young scholars are encouraged to contribute; five postgraduate students from non-EU countries will be excused from paying the conference fee (applications to be included in the online registration form, to appear on the conference website).

Abstracts in English (max. 300 words) should be submitted via “submissions” on the conference website The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2008.All submissions will be reviewed; notification of acceptance March 15, 2008.

The Organizing Committee:
Sirpa Leppanen, Paivi Pahta, Hannele Dufva, Sari Pietikainen,
Tarja Nikula, Sirkka Laihiala-Kankainen, Samu Kytola, Marianne
Toriseva, Tiina Virkkula, Satu Julin, Eeva Riipinen

Paivi Pahta
Research Professor
Department of Languages
Finland Distinguished Professor project on Multilingualism
P.O. Box 35
40014 University of Jyvaskyla



Bridging CALL Communities

Hosted by University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California
March 18-22

Pre-conference Workshops: Tuesday, March 18 – Wednesday, March 19
Courseware Showcase: Thursday, March 20
Presentation Sessions: Thursday, March 20 – Saturday, March 22

Use CALICO’s on-line proposal submission form at

You will need to log-in as a member or register/make your own login on the site (“Register proposer”) and then will be given the link to submit a proposal.


All presenters must be current members of CALICO or IALLT by the time of the conference and are responsible for their own expenses, including registration fees.

CALICO and IALLT are professional organizations dedicated to the use of technology in foreign/second language learning and teaching. CALICO and IALLT bring together educators, administrators, materials developers, researchers, government representatives, vendors of hardware and software, and others interested in the field of computer-assisted language learning.

For more information or if you have questions or problems, contact–
Mrs. Esther Horn
CALICO Coordinator 512/245-1417 (phone)
214 Centennial Hall 512/245-9089 (fax)
601 University Drive