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Multilingualism and Identity: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

12 September 2019 — 13 September 2019

Murray Edwards College University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Conference organised by Linda Fisher and Wendy Ayres-Bennett as part of the AHRC funded OWRI research project, Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS)


About the conference

Globalisation and migration are two of the most important phenomena in the early 21st century and bring with them a number of opportunities and challenges, not least in terms of how people communicate and learn in new environments, both real and online. As a result of the rise in the movement of people and in interconnectivity more generally, an already multilingual world is becoming even more multilingual. How people use and develop their linguistic repertoires has been the subject of much scholarly attention. Less attention has been paid, however, to the ways in which people identify themselves and are identified by others as multilingual.

This conference brings together researchers in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, modern languages and education studies to explore multilingualism and identity from a variety of perspectives, with the aim of creating new synergies.  

Call for papers

The call for papers closed on 4 February (GMT: 11:59 pm) 2019. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by Monday 4 March 2019. Only those with successful submissions will be contacted.

Keynote Speakers

  • Professor David Block (ICREA, Universitat de Lleida)
  • Professor Patricia Duff (University of British Columbia)
  • Professor Bonny Norton (University of British Columbia)
  • Professor Alastair Pennycook (University of Technology, Sydney)
  • Professor Alison Phipps (University of Glasgow
Please note that the academic programme will start at 9am on 12 September 2019.


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We look forward to welcoming you to Cambridge in September 2019!

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