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Multilingualism and Identity: Interdisciplinary perspectives

Organised as part of the AHRC-funded research project, Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS)
When Sep 11, 2019 09:00 AM to
Sep 13, 2019 05:00 PM
Where Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge
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Globalisation and migration are two of the most important phenomena in the early 21st century and bring with them a number of opportunities and challenges, not least in terms of how people communicate and learn in new environments, both real and online. As a result of the rise in the movement of people and in interconnectivity more generally, an already multilingual world is becoming even more multilingual. How people use and develop their linguistic repertoires has been the subject of much scholarly attention. Less attention has been paid, however, to the ways in which people identify themselves and are identified by others as multilingual.

This conference brings together researchers in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, modern languages and education studies to explore multilingualism and identity from a variety of perspectives, with the aim of creating new synergies.  


Dr Linda Fisher (Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge)

Professor Wendy Bennett (Theoretical & Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge)

Keynote Speakers

  • Professor David Block (ICREA, Universitat de Lleida)
  • Professor Patricia Duff (University of British Columbia)
  • Professor Bonny Norton (University of British Columbia)
  • Professor Alastair Pennycook (University of Technology, Sydney)
  • Professor Alison Phipps (University of Glasgow 

Call for papers

Abstracts are invited for presentations at the conference, which will take place on 11-13th September 2019 at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge. Papers should address explicitly issues of identity and multilingualism. We particularly welcome submissions which take an interdisciplinary approach to the topic.

Key Dates

1. The submission of abstracts opens on 1 December (GMT: 00:01 am) 2018 and closes on 4 February (GMT: 11:59 pm) 2019. 

2. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by Monday 4 March 2019. Only those with successful submissions will be contacted. 

Submission Guidelines

1. Abstracts of a maximum of 350 words should be submitted via EasyChair (please find the link below) 

2.  Proposals should be for an oral presentation (length of presentation: 20 + 10 min.)

3.  Submissions must be anonymous and all author-related file properties must be removed, though please state if you are an Early Career researcher. Please include 4 keywords right below the title of the abstract. The working language of the conference is English.

4. Submitted abstracts will be evaluated anonymously. The abstract should reflect the purpose and the content of the presentation, including reference to theoretical framework, and have clear links to the conference theme.


All questions about submissions should be emailed to

We look forward to welcoming you to Cambridge in September 2019!

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What we do

Cambridge Language Sciences is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. Our virtual network connects researchers from five schools across the university as well as other world-leading research institutions. Our aim is to strengthen research collaborations and knowledge transfer across disciplines in order to address large-scale multi-disciplinary research challenges relating to language research.




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