Call for Papers

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, February 28, 2019.

Please review the Call for Papers information below. When you are ready to send in a paper or colloquium proposal, please visit the Submit an Abstract page.


General Call for Papers

We invite papers and colloquia that approach language policy from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives, and in a variety of contexts, from the local/institutional to the national/global.

Abstracts of up to 300 words are welcome that address topics such as (but not limited to):

Official & non-official language policies Language-in-education policies
Language attrition, language revitalization, and language policies Heritage language policies
Language policy and political economy Language policy, globalization, and superdiversity
Language policy and the workplace Language policy and lingua franca
Language policy and Indigeneity Language policies and transnational communities
Language policy, signed languages, and Deaf studies Language policy and anti-racism/anti-oppression
Language policy and political theory National identities and language policies
Language policy and economics Methods of language policy inquiry

We especially encourage language-policy practitioners to submit paper and/or colloquia sessions to share their work. We can imagine various session structures, including:

  • overviews of a specific program (e.g., how a local, regional, or provincial language policy supports language revitalization programming, in which government representatives, teachers, and curriculum developers co-present);
  • roundtable discussions in which policy-actors in a particular sector engage in dialogue about common issues and challenges they face in their work; and
  • practitioner-research sessions that present findings from inquiry into a given language policy initiative.

Focus for 2019

For this year’s conference, we invite paper, colloquium, and practitioner proposals that are specifically oriented on critical approaches to the future of the field of Language Policy and Planning. These perspectives might be rooted in empirical or conceptual analysis, or a mixture thereof; and consistent with the tradition of this conference, we invite arguments from various disciplinary perspectives.

One sign of how LPP has matured into a discipline unto itself is the appearance of multiple texts meant to define the parameters of the field. We are over a decade out from the first books that established LPP as a robust discipline (e.g. Ricento, 2006; Shohamy, 2006; Spolsky, 2004). More recently, Johnson (2013) and Hult and Johnson (2015) have offered useful updates with their books on the core concepts and research methods, respectively, in the field. Indeed, there are now two handbooks on LPP, so you know we’ve made the big time!

From this perspective of an established discipline, we specifically invite papers with critical approaches that challenge scholars and practitioners of LPP to think about and do our work differently.

In the past, the LPP Conference has not published a conference proceedings. However, for this year, we plan to propose an edited volume that compiles the best papers from the 2019 conference presenting critical perspectives on the future of the field. When submitting your paper, colloquium, or practitioner proposal, please indicate whether you would like your work considered as part of this publication.


Formats for Your Proposal

Paper Presentation: Papers are formal presentations on original research by one or more authors. Each presentation should be 30 minutes, including discussion time. We request that you plan 20 minutes for your talk and leave 10 minutes for discussion. Your abstract for a paper presentation may not exceed 300 words including all references, and up to five keywords should be included in the submission. If the abstract is accepted, the author (or one of the authors) is expected to register for the full conference, pay the registration fee, and present the paper in person.

Colloquia: Colloquia allow for extended discussion on a particular topic. They can be for 100 minutes (3 papers) or 180 minutes (up to 6 papers). Colloquium organizers should submit the following: an abstract describing the colloquium (maximum 300 words), and separate abstracts (maximum 300 words) for each of the papers in the colloquium. Because the purpose of this format is to foster dialogue among attendees, time should be allocated for extended audience discussion of the papers presented. The colloquium organizer serves as a liaison between participants in the colloquium and the program committee, and is therefore responsible for communication among these participants. If the colloquium is accepted, at least one of the authors of each paper is expected to register for the conference, pay the registration fee, and present the paper in person.

You may submit a maximum of two contributions for LPP2018, one as first/sole author and one as second author or discussant. If you are submitting a colloquium, you may submit a paper as a part of that colloquium and also be a second author of an additional paper or a discussant.

Practitioner sessions: Please use the format in ConfTool for either a paper presentation or a colloquium, depending on the amount of time you propose for your presentation and how many people will be involved. In the abstract, please make clear that you are proposing a practitioner session, and clearly describe how you will organize the session, and what you will present.


The deadline for submissions is Thursday, February 28, 2019

When you are ready to send in a paper or colloquium proposal, please visit the Submit an Abstract page.