2017 – Plenary Speakers

For the 2017 conference, we are thrilled to welcome Nelson Flores (University of Pennsylvania), Marnie Holborow (Dublin City University), and Thomas Ricento (University of Calgary) as plenary speakers.

screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-10-47-35-pmThomas Ricento is Professor in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, where is has been Research Chair in English as an Additional Language since 2007.  He has published widely in the field of language policy and language politics;  recent publications include Language Policy and Political Economy:  English in a Global Context (2015, Oxford University Press), Language Policy and Political Theory (2016, Springer), and the 4 volume setLanguage Policy and Planning:  Critical Concepts in Linguistics (2016, Routledge). He is founding co-editor of the Journal of Language, Identity, and Education (Routledge) and has published articles in Language Policy, TESOL Quarterly, Discourse and Society, Journal of Sociolinguistics, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, International Journal of the Sociology of Language, among other journals. He has been a visiting professor at universities in Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Spain, and Switzerland, and founded the LPP conference series at the University of Calgary in 2012.  He was twice a Fulbright Professor (Colombia and Costa Rica) and has been awarded research grants from the Russell Sage Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities (USA), and from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada), among many other funders.

untitledMarnie Holborow, Associate Faculty in the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies at Dublin City University, has written widely on politics and language. Besides holding visiting scholar positions at Hunter College, New York and San Francisco State University, she has recently been a guest lecturer at City University of New York. She is author of The Politics of English,of chapters and articles on neoliberalism and applied linguistics, austerity politics and higher education in Ireland, the legacy of Raymond Williams and, most recently, on conflicting interpretations of the political keyword, Brexit. Last year, she contributed the first entry ofNeoliberalism for the Wiley Encyclopaedia of Applied Linguistics. Her most recent book is Language and Neoliberalism (Routledge 2015).

nelsonNelson Flores is an assistant professor of educational linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. His research seeks to denaturalize raciolinguistic ideologies that inform current conceptualizations of language education. This entails both historical analysis of the origins of contemporary raciolinguistic ideologies and contemporary analysis examining how current language education policies and practices reproduce these ideologies. His primary objective is to illustrate the ways that dominant language ideologies perpetuate the racialization of language-minoritized communities and to develop alternative conceptualizations of language education that challenge this racialization. His work has appeared in scholarly journals such as Critical Inquiry in Language StudiesLinguistics and EducationTESOL Quarterly and Harvard Educational Review.