• 2nd Call for papers

    International Conference on  Multilingual Practice
    Uniwersytet Szczeciński
    24-26th February 2020 in Szczecin, Poland

The conference is affiliated with AILA Research Network „Social and Affective Factors in Home Language Maintenance & Development”

We invite papers on topics related to social, socio-cognitive, psychological and educational aspects of bilingualism and multilingualism, such as:
• the multilingual and multicultural individual,
• multilingual and multicultural family,
• multilingual and multicultural practices in institutions, organisations, workplaces, and the media,
• linguistic landscape studies,
• education in foreign/second language,
• bilingual education,
• heritage language education,
• language attitudes,
• language policies by agencies on all levels of social structure,
• impact of L2 on L1,
• brain imaging studies on neural correlates of multilingualism.

Uniwersytet Szczeciński is situated on the Polish-German border. Thus, it is best placed to become a strong centre of studies on multilingual practices specific to border regions. The conference is one of the measures taken in order to establish a research focus at the University of Szczecin on multilingualism in general, and multilingualism accompanied by transcultural processes in border areas in particular. This includes issues in linguistic and cultural diversification within families, which develops specific traits in transitional regions distinguished by high levels of cross-border mobility. Papers on topics related to multilingual families and practices in border regions will be given special consideration.

Equally welcome are papers devoted to the impact of L2 on L1, for which a separate section is planned. In particular, we wish to promote the exchange of knowledge on the role of individual and societal multilingualism in ongoing processes of language change.

The proximity to the Scandinavian countries is an additional asset of the conference location for participants from that region. Scandinavian studies at the University of Szczecin are a new but well established area.

The languages of the conference are English, Polish and German.

The proposals should be sent by August 30th 2019 to icomp@usz.edu.pl.

The proposals should include the following information:
• Title of proposal in bold;
• Name of presenter(s);
• Name and address of institution/workplace, telephone and email;
• Abstract (maximum 200 words) ;
• 12pt font, left-aligned, single-spaced.

The notification of acceptance is planned for September 10th 2019.

We  plan to publish of the papers in a special issue of a scientific journal indexed in international databases, and/or a collected volume published with a high-ranking international publisher.

The organizing committee:
Hanna Pułaczewska
Agnieszka Stępkowska
Barbara Braid
Małgorzata Sokół
Witosław Awedyk

Keynote speakers (confirmed):

François Grosjean

Władysław Miodunka

Bernhard Brehmer

Volker Hinnenkamp

Conference fee:
• early bird – by September 30th 2019 – €135
• regular – by December 29th 2019 – €150
• doctoral students – €50
• members of universities that have signed an Erasmus+ Inter-Institutional Agreement with the Philological Faculty of Uniwersytet Szczeciński – €85

The conference fee does not include travel and accommodation costs. The fee can only be paid by bank transfer. For details about the bank account, please go to SIGN IN.

Conference venue: Uniwersytet Szczeciński, aleja Piastów 40B, 71-065 Szczecin, Poland

Call for papers