Research group Multilingualism on my mind
Call for papers

Call for Papers MoMM Conference 2024

Call for papers! The research group Multilingualism on My Mind (MoMM) is organizing a two-day virtual and free conference on multilingualism on 21–22 March 2024. Contributions from all across the globe and from a variety of perspectives are welcome!

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The research group Multilingualism on My Mind (MoMM) is organizing a two-day virtual and free conference on multilingualism on 21–22 March 2024

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The decision to host the conference entirely online is grounded in our dedication to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG4 (Quality Education for All), SDG10 (Reduced Inequalities), and SDG13 (Climate Action), aiming to reduce travel-related pollution. 

By hosting an academic conference on multilingualism, we continue to serve as facilitators for knowledge sharing, interdisciplinary collaboration, policy development, and raising awareness about the multifaceted aspects of multilingualism in our globalized world. Our main aims are to foster critical discussions about the complexities of multilingualism, including its impact on identity, education, culture, cognition, and society.

Confirmed plenary speakers

  • Professor Michel DeGraff, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, MIT, USA and
  • Djeride Jean-Baptiste, MA in Political Communications, UAB, Barcelona; MA in Bilingual studies, University of Ottawa; Communication Officer, MIT, Haiti:

    "MIT-Ayiti as one basis for mother-tongue-based multilingual education in Haiti / MIT-Ayiti kòm fondasyon pou edikasyon miltileng ki baze sou lang manman ann Ayiti" (the presentation will be given in two languages). 
  • Dr. Sabine Little, University of Sheffield, England:
    "Language at home, language at school - a multilingual balancing act."
  • Professor Silvia Melo-Pfeifer, Universität Hamburg, Germany:
    "Researching individual multilingualism in language teacher education using visual methods: Lessons learnt and ways forward." 

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From left: Michel DeGraff, Djeride Jean-Baptiste, Sabine Little, Silvia Melo-Pfeifer

Katherine Taylor / private

Information for contributors

The conference invites proposals from researchers, including Ph.D. and master's students, that cover original research on multilingualism. Teachers are also invited to present their experiences with implementing specific activities and approaches related to multilingualism in education. We strongly encourage teachers to submit such proposals!

We especially welcome proposals related to the following themes:

  • Multilingual education policies
  • Teachers’ and teacher educators’ beliefs about multilingualism
  • Pedagogical approaches to multilingualism
  • Multilingualism, language learning, and language awareness 
  • Multilingualism and assessment
  • Multilingualism and the psychology of language learning and teaching
  • Multilingualism and metacognition
  • Multilingual identity development
  • Multilingualism and global citizenship
  • Multilingualism and intercultural understanding
  • Multilingualism in higher education
  • Multilingualism in the family
  • Multilingualism and arts-based research
  • Creative methods for researching multilingualism

Proposals on themes other than the ones listed here are also welcome as long as they adhere to the conference's overarching theme.

Each participant can submit a maximum of one proposal where they are the sole presenter of their work, and one proposal where they are co-presenters. The time slot provided for an individual paper is 30 minutes (20 minutes presentation plus 10 minutes for questions). Please note that all conference presentations are expected to be carried out in English, except for those scheduled in a special session devoted to presentations in Scandinavian languages. 

You will have to submit a title and an abstract of 200 words (maximum) and give 3-5 keywords. Each proposal will undergo a double-blind peer review process involving a minimum of two reviewers. The deadline for submissions is December 10, 2023, and acceptance notifications will be sent out by the end of January. There are no fees for participating in the conference.

Plans for a MoMM2024 special issue

We are in touch with an international journal about publishing a special issue linked to the main themes of MoMM2024. We will share more information about this opportunity in due course. 

Abstract submission  

Please submit your abstract here: https://shorturl.at/lCE38