Plenary Speakers & Invited Colloquia


We are thrilled to welcome as plenary speakers:

Monica Heller  |  Professor, OISE/University of Toronto

Dr. Heller’s research focusses on the role of language in the construction of social difference and social inequality in the post-nationalist, globalizing new economy. Her ethnographic, sociolinguistic research mainly examines these processes as they unfold in francophone Canada. She is also involved in work in these areas conducted in western Europe, and in their relevance for policy in the areas of language and education and training, the workplace and public space.

TIffany Lee  |  Dibé Łizhiní (Blacksheep Diné), Professor, University of New Mexico

Tiffany S. Lee is Dibé Łizhiní (Blacksheep Diné) from Crystal, NM and Oglala Lakota from Pine Ridge, SD. Dr. Lee is a Professor and the Associate Director of Native American Studies at the University of New Mexico.  Her research examines educational and culturally-based outcomes of Indigenous language immersion schools, Native youth perspectives on language reclamation, and socio-culturally centred education.  Her work has appeared in journals, such as the American Journal of Education, Harvard Educational Review, the Journals of Language, Identity, and Education and American Indian Education; and in books, such as Indigenous youth and multilingualism: Language identity, ideology, and practice in dynamic cultural worlds and Diné Perspectives: Revitalizing and reclaiming Navajo thought.  She is the former President of the Navajo Studies Conference, Inc. Board of Directors and a current member of the New Mexico Indian Education Advisory Council for the Office of Indian Education, NM Public Education Department.

Kristin Snoddon | Assistant Professor, Carleton University.

Kristin Snoddon is Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies, Carleton University. Her research interests are in applied sign language linguistics and sign language planning and policy. Her recent research has focused on developing a parent American Sign Language curriculum that is aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. She serves as Co-ordinator for the World Federation of the Deaf Expert Group on Deaf Education. Her newest book is the forthcoming Sign Language Ideologies in Practice (with Annelies Kusters, Mara Green, and Erin Moriarty Harrelson, Mouton De Gruyter). Her other publications have appeared in the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, Canadian Modern Language Review, Current Issues in Language Planning, Disability & Society, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, International Journal of Multilingualism, Sign Language Studies, and Writing & Pedagogy.

Invited colloquium

Enrica Piccardo (Associate Professor, OISE/University of Toronto & Université Grenoble-Alpes) and Brain North (Researcher and Consultant to the Council of Europe) are leading an invited colloquium exploring a major development of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) resulting from a Council of Europe 4-year project they led, The resulting CEFR Companion Volume includes new descriptors, particularly for mediation, online interaction, and plurilingual and pluricultural competence.

We will post the full colloquium schedule shortly. Stay tuned!