Language and Future Conference and the 4th Emerging Scholars' Workshop: Multiple Languages for Intercultural Communication

Call for Abstracts

Language and Future Conference is an interdisciplinary conference in language policy research. This year, the Conference and its 4th Emerging Scholars’ Workshop will be hosted by School of Foreign Languages at Southeast University, Institute of Linguistics at Shanghai International Studies University, and Faculty of Education at The University of Hong Kong. The conference breaks the disciplinary boundaries and to stimulate intellectual exchanges among scholars from various disciplines in which languages play an important role.

This year, the conference’s theme is ‘multiple languages for intercultural communication’ to reflect burgeoning issues in language policy research in China and other parts of the world. The conference highlights China’s Belt and Road (B&R) initiative and the multilingual, multicultural challenges that the B&R initiative presents to China. Through intellectual exchanges, the conference encourages responses from multiple perspectives to these challenges in the language-related policy-making process and policy implementation. The conference will invite distinguished international scholars to discuss research methods, paradigms and trends, and to analyze real-life language policy cases. The workshop aims to bring an opportunity to emerging scholars to have productive conversations with established academics in language policy, sociolinguistics, education and other relevant disciplines. Such conversations will enhance emerging scholars’ understanding and application of sound research methods in language policy research. The conference is now calling for abstracts for presentations (each individual presentation will be 15 minutes to allow sufficient time for post-presentation discussion).


■August 26, 2017 (Sat) 8:30-20:30

■August 27, 2017 (Sun) 8:30-16:30


■Southeast University, Nanjing China 

Keynote speakers:

■Prof. Li Wei, University College London, UK; Editor of Applied Linguistics Review and International Journal of Bilingualism

■Prof. Zhu Hua, Birbeck, University of London, UK

■Prof. Chen Jianlin, Shanghai International Studies University, China

■Dr. Peter De Costa, Michigan State University, US; Co-editor of TESOL Quarterly

■Dr. Gu Ming-yue, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China

■Dr. Gao Jian, Southeast University, China

■Dr. Gao Xuesong (Andy), The University of Hong Kong, China

■Dr. Zheng Yongyan, Fudan University, China

Program content:

■Keynotes: (1) Translanguaging as a cultural phenomenon in multilingual settings; (2) Intercultural communications in multilingual environment; (3) Multilingual challenges in higher education; 4) Multilingualism under the Belt and Road initiative

■Research and publication workshop: (1) Critical discourse analysis in language policy studies; (2) Publishing language policy studies in international academic journals

■Participants’ sessions: (1) parallel presentation sessions; (2) interactive discussion with distinguished academics

Medium of presentation: English and/or Chinese

Target participants: emerging scholars and research postgraduate students in applied linguistics, education, political science, cultural studies, etc.

Number of presenters:Less than 60

Registration fee: CNY800
Student registration fee: CNY400 (Please provide a copy of your student card or other supporting documents)

Accommodation: The conference provides no accommodation

Abstract submission: Please download the submission form at or and send the completed form with your abstract, research proposal or plan (more than 500 words either in Chinese or in English) to The deadline is May 31, 2017. We will notify individuals about the selection result after the review process.

Contact Person: Dr. Gao Xuesong (Andy):

Conference website:

School of Foreign Languages, Southeast University

Institute of Linguistics, Shanghai International Studies University

Research Center for Foreign Language Strategies, State Language Commission


Confirmation of Attendance.doc

January 2017