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13th International Symposium on Bilingualism

Friday, July 10, 2020 at 12:00 AM (Central European Daylight Time) to Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 1:00 AM (Central European Daylight Time)

Event Details

The ISB 13 Organizing Committee and the ISB Steering Committee are pleased to announce the 13th International Symposium on Bilingualism. The Symposium will take place on 10-14 July 2021 at the University of Warsaw (Poland).
The conference theme, “Bilingualism in Flux”, presents bilingualism as a dynamic and multifaceted phenomenon existing on a continuum. The in flux part of the theme is a twofold concept. First, it is understood as relating to non-linguistic circumstances that foster not only diverse, but also transient bilingual communities throughout the world. Nowadays, new waves of migration influence the linguistic status quo and enrich existing environments. Second, it pertains to the very processes taking place in language, a dynamic entity prone to changes. The fluctuating circumstances entail linguistic consequences reflected in the development of the second and further languages, cross-linguistic influence, language attrition, incomplete acquisition, and maintenance of heritage languages. Finally, the conference leitmotif highlights not only the local changes presently taking place in Poland, but also the country’s linguistic heritage .
Proposals that fit within that theme are particularly eagerly solicited. However, ISB 13 invites submissions in all areas of research in bilingualism and multilingualism (whether linked to the conference theme or not), including but not limited to: linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, applied linguistics, neuropsychology, first and second/ third language acquisition, clinical linguistics, language and education, and multilingual societies.
Keynote speakers include (in alphabetical order):
Adam Jaworski, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Stephen May, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Agnieszka Otwinowska-Kasztelanic, University of Warsaw, Poland
María Luisa Pérez Cañado, University of Jaen, Spain
Christa Van Der Walt, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Conference format
The ISB 13 Organizing Committee has adopted a modified procedure for submitting proposals for this Biannual Meeting.
The Academic Program will be organized in the format of thematic sections, with each section organizing a variety of presentations in a given field. The program will be very broad, with many thematic sections covering all the main areas of research on bilingualism and multilingualism. There will also be an open section, consisting of stand-alone papers and posters which do not necessarily fit within any of the accepted thematic sections.
Abstracts are solicited for three categories of proposals: thematic sections, individual papers, and posters.
There is a two-stage selection process for submitting proposals to the academic program:
Stage 1: Call for Thematic Section Proposals: 15 November 2019 – 30 June 2020
Thematic sections allow for extended, interactive discussion on a specific topic, focusing on a cluster of related papers. Each submission should include at least three presentations (papers,  thematic sessions, panels, round tables, workshops, etc.). Submissions must include an abstract for the panel (of a maximum of 500 words in length), as well as for each of the constituent presentation (of a maximum of 300 words in length). For details see:
All proposals to organize thematic sections should be submitted online using the application form on the ISB 13 website ( 15 June 2020. 
Notification of acceptance is scheduled for 15 July 2020. 
Besides presentations indicated in their original thematic section proposal, Thematic Section Leaders may be asked to accept additional individual papers and posters proposed to their section (see Stage 2, below). The decision whether or not to accept a proposal in a thematic section rests with each thematic section as represented by that entity’s program Leaders.
Stage 2: Call for individual Papers and Posters:  15 July 2020 – 30 November 2020
The second stage of the process is open to anyone wishing to propose individual papers or posters.
Individual papers: Papers are formal presentations on original research or original pedagogy-focused topics by one or more authors, lasting a total of 20 minutes with 5 additional minutes for discussion. Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words in length.
Posters: Poster sessions are for displaying original research or pedagogy that offers the opportunity for individualized, informal discussion with others in the field. Posters are especially effective for presenting work-in-progress, fieldwork, and results of empirical research for which data can be presented visually. Posters will be available throughout an entire day of the conference with presenters in attendance for a 90-minute poster session. Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words in length.
Paper and PosterProposers will have to complete the proposal process online using the application form on the ISB 13 website(, available from 15 June 2020). Once logged in, they will be asked to select which thematic section their posterior paper should be considered for. There is also an open section welcoming individual paper and poster proposals that do not fit into any of the listed thematic sections.
The deadline to submit papers and posters is 31 October 2020.
Abstracts should be submitted in English, and papers or posters may be in one of the three main working languages of ISB 13, i.e. English, Polish, and German.
Any queries regarding the academic content of the proposals should be addressed to the ISB Organizing committee via before the 31 October 2020 deadline.
From 1 November 2020 the proposed papers and posters will undergo the usual refereeing process in order to finalize the Academic Program. The deadline for Academic Reviewers to complete their reviews is 31 January 2021.
Final Academic Program
The Academic Program will be available on the ISB 13 website by 28 February 2021 and participants will be notified of the outcome of the proposal by this date. A full timetable will be published by 15 April 2021.
Online registration opens on 15 June 2020. Further details, including registration fees, will be on the ISB 13 website in due course. Participants appearing in any capacity in the Academic Program must register and pay before 31 May 2021. Registration and payment takes place through ISB 13 website.
Conference timetable
ISB 13 is scheduled for 5 days commencing at 08:00 on Saturday 10 July and closing at 18:30 on Wednesday 14 July 2021. See ISB 13 website for more details:
Please note that conference participants are responsible for their own visa arrangements. Conference Organizers can issue a letter to support your visa application. See ISB 13 website for more details:
Further information
Please contact the ISB 13 Organizing Committee with questions about any aspect of the ISB 13 Conference. The ISB 13 website will be updated regularly with information about the academic and social programmes, registration, hotel accommodation, etc. We will also make regular announcements through the ISB mailing list.
Important dates:
Call for thematic section proposals: 15 November 2019 – 15 June 2020
Notification of the thematic section proposal acceptance: 15 July 2020
Call for individual paper and poster proposals: 15 July 2020
Deadline for Individual Paper and Poster abstract submission: 30 November 2020
Notification of the Paper and Poster proposal acceptance: 28 February 2021
Final Academic Program: 15 April 2021
Early Registration and Payment: 15 June 2020 – 31 January 2021
Regular Registration and Payment: 1 February – 31 March 2021
Late Registration and Payment: 1 April – 31 May 2021
ISB 13: 10–14 July 2021