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Call for Proposals: 5th Annual CLIC Conference

Friday, May 24, 2019 at 12:00 AM (EDT) to Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 1:00 AM (EST)

Houston, Texas

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5th Annual CLIC Conference: Diversity across settings of language use & learning: Identity, culture, and gender.

Call Deadline: December 1, 2019

The Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication at Rice University invites you to submit a proposal to the 5th Annual CLIC Conference titled “Diversity across settings of language use & learning: Identity, culture, and gender”, April 17 – 19, 2020, Houston, TX.

The 5th Annual CLIC Conference focuses on the description, analysis and development of a multidimensional definition of language and language acquisition shaped by the diversity of social settings in which language is used. We further focus on the various aspects of diversity prompted by bilingual, multilingual and translingual interactions happening in a variety of environments such as: classroom and study abroad educational settings, workplace and office communication, personal interactions and internet-based communication through social media and related technologies.

The invited plenary speakers are Dr. Patricia Duff (the University of British Columbia, Canada), Dr. Meredith Marra (Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand), and Amelia Tseng (American University, USA).

Papers submitted for consideration can focus on any of a variety of topics related to the overarching theme of the conference. The following represent just a sample of possible themes that we hope will be addressed in this conference:

  1. The relevance of social and interactional factors to define language and how to implement such definitions in language instruction
  2. Language learning and identity in the context of communities of practice and imagined communities
  3. Critical pedagogy: Implementation among multilingual, bilingual, heritage and “traditional” students
  4. Translingual practices in language use and language education
  5. Theory and practice of developing second language courses for the professions
  6. Learners’ interactions in bilingual and multilingual environments
  7. Learning a second language in the classroom and/or “in the wild”
  8. The effect of communication medium on language use and language education
  9. The relevance of virtual worlds to expand definitions of language and language learning
  10. The intersection of diverse communication styles and multiple languages across various professional settings of interaction
  11. Language use and language development in fluid bilingual and multilingual settings
  12. Identity as a significant component of the definition of bilinguals/multilinguals
  13. The effect of language ideologies (e.g., monolingualism) in second language policies and language education
  14. Language “ownership” in relation to the definition of the native speaker and multilingual speakers
  15. Gendered and racialized language and language interaction
  16. Gender dynamics across communication settings (e.g., classroom, legal, medical and business settings, government, etc.)
  17. Identity, investment and motivation in second language learning
  18. Identity in multilingual organizational settings
  19. Multilingualism, social justice, and organizational discourse
  20. The experience of migrants on language development and linguistic empowerment

Your submission should be sent to as an email attachment by December 1, 2019

Further information about the conference can be found at