Languaging in Times of Change

Following the success of the first Translation and Translanguaging (TLANG) conference in March 2018 we are delighted to invite proposals for a two-day international conference on 26th and 27th September 2019, to be held at University of Stirling, UK. The conference fee is £150 (£100 students).

The theme of the international cross-disciplinary conference is ‘Languaging in times of change’.

‘Languaging’ refers to all types and modes of discourse and communication. The conference creates a space for discussions across disciplinary boundaries, as scholars come together to share research on communicative practices and ideologies in contexts of work, education, family, the arts, migration, leisure, politics, the digital world, and beyond. We particularly welcome proposals for presentations from scholars whose research area is not solely or principally in linguistics. We also encourage presentations which report innovative research methodologies.

Individual papers and colloquia will be situated broadly within one of the following themes:


This theme views translanguaging as an embodied, creative way of being, acting, and languaging in the world, and as an ideological orientation to difference in times of change. Papers will examine translanguaging practices in which the diverse histories, biographies, and resources of social actors come into contact.

Advocacy and Activism

This theme explores languaging in contexts of advocacy and activism. Papers will refer to research which investigates languaging as advocacy and activism in a wide range of contexts, and research which examines advocacy and activism for linguistic human rights, language maintenance, and language revitalisation.


Presentations in the ‘Superdiversity’ theme will consider languaging in relation to changing social and cultural worlds. Across subject disciplines, papers will report research which examines the complexity of societal diversity and population change, and will propose implications for policy, practice, planning, and pedagogy.


In this theme presentations will consider the complexities of identity practices in changing social environments, and in relation to specific timespace conditions. The theme will examine how changes in timespace arrangements effect shifts in roles, discourses, and modes of interaction, and how everyday identity work points to recognisable societal structures.

Digital Worlds

The ‘Digital Worlds’ theme invites contributions which examine languaging in online, social media, and other digital spaces. Presentations will consider how digital practices are fundamental to meaning-making across modes and modalities, to the way people construct and represent themselves, and to communality and belonging.


This theme considers the notion of ‘voice’ in all its forms. Papers will engage with questions of power and inequality, voicing and voicelessness, the right to speak and the right to be heard. Presentations view voice as indexical of social order, and examine the interface at which voice shapes, and is shaped by, social worlds.


This theme will discuss practices, politics, and ideologies of literacy and literacies. Presentations will report research in the areas of decolonising literacies, transliteracies, vernacular literacies, multiliteracies, and academic literacies, and will engage with literacy education and regimes of power.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Invited Colloquia:


Languaging, Literacy and Pedagogy in the Global South

  • To be confirmed

Proosals are invited for individual papers, colloquia, posters, and roundtable discussions. Proposals are also welcomed for performance-based presentations. The deadline for proposal submission is midnight on April 1st, 2019.  Decisions on successful applications will be announced 1st May.  Details of registration and the link to abstract submission can be found at here

This conference builds on the AHRC-funded project Translation and Translanguaging: Investigating Linguistic and Cultural Transformations in Superdiverse Wards in Four UK Cities (TLANG)




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