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Events and locations


You can find the physical location of an upcoming conference relevant to our initiatives on the map below, with corresponding information found further below that map.

Glendon College, York University, Toronto, Canada, November 18-20, 2016

CRLCC International Conference on Language and Culture Contact

[From the website] The Center for Research on Language and Culture Contact (CRLCC) invites proposals for its upcoming conference, to be held at Glendon College, York University, in Toronto (Canada) on November 18-20. We are pleased to announce that this year’s keynote speakers are:

  • Mark Fettes is a professor of education at Simon Fraser University and the director of the Imaginative Education Research Group. His research on ecological and place-based approaches to language and education includes work in language revitalization, ecolinguistics, and Esperanto.

  • Naomi Nagy is a professor of linguistics at the University of Toronto who focuses on language contact and language change. She is coordinator of the multilingual “Heritage Language Variation and Change Project”, aimed at examining heritage languages in Toronto.

  • Ellen Elias-Bursać is a scholar of Slavic languages and award-winning translator from Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian. She is the author of Translating Evidence and Interpreting Testimony at a War Crimes Tribunal: Working in a Tug-of-War.

Foundation for Endangered Languages XX, University of Hyderabad, India, December 9-12, 2016

Language Colonization and Endangerment: Long-term Effects, Echoes and Reactions

[From the Website] The FEL XX conference (our 20th conference) aims to examine language endangerment during the colonial era, and the impact of colonization on the subsequent efforts of the independent nations and communities to revitalize their language heritage. The conference will look at continuity and change in approaches to language use.

This is wide field. European domination, all over the world, is too recent to be forgotten. But colonial periods extended over different times in different continents: European colonialism had its peak earlier, for example, in the Americas than in Asia or Africa. But colonialism with linguistic consequences occurred also in quite different eras: e.g. in western Europe under Roman domination, North Africa under the Arabs, South-east Asia under Indians and then the Chinese (1st millennium AD).

Dec 12, 2016

University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Second UC Intergenerational transmission of minority languages Symposium: Community matters

[From the website] We invite academics, students and community members who are interested in sharing their work and insights into the role and importance of community as well as other aspects of Intergenerational transmission of minority languages to this second live-streamed international Symposium.

The relative success of intergenerational transmission of minority languages varies widely depending on a range of factors including the influence of language ideologies and the level of support for minority language parents, the presence of minority language support in schools and ECE, the perceived necessity or desirability of speaking the minority language and pressures from the majority language.

University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawai'i, March 2-5, 2017

5th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC)

[From the website] The 5th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC), “Vital Voices: Linking Language & Wellbeing,” will be held March 2-5, 2017, at the Hawaiʻi Imin International Conference Center on the campus of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The 5th ICLDC is hosted by the Department of Linguistics and the National Foreign Language Resource Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

The conference program will feature two keynote talks, Talk Story roundtable discussions, and Workshops (pending final approval of funding). An optional Hilo Field Study (on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi) to visit Hawaiian language revitalization programs in action will immediately precede the conference (February 28-March 1).

The theme of the 5th ICLDC is “Vital Voices: Linking Language & Wellbeing.” Wellbeing is a state of the body and mind that encompasses the presence of positive moods and emotions, life satisfaction, fulfillment and positive functioning, and the absence of negative emotions like anxiety. Increasingly, researchers in several fields have noted a positive correlation between language maintenance and wellbeing in endangered language communities. While the nature of the connection between language and wellbeing remains the subject of much debate, the existence of a connection is not entirely unexpected, given the range of outcomes associated with wellbeing.

Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, April 19-21, 2017

First International Conference on Revitalization of Indigenous and Minoritized Languages

[From the website] Submissions will be accepted from April 1 to July 30, 2016. Successful proposals will clearly indicate the relationship of the presentation to the core conference themes. Notification of acceptance will take place on October 1, 2016.

The conference will take place April 19-21, 2017. It is co-sponsored by the Universitat de Barcelona, Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya, and Indiana University-Bloomington.

You can find the full conference program here.

Indian Community School, Franklin, Wisconsin, May 26-28, 2017

24th Annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium

[From the website] Welcome to the 2017 Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium! The S.I.L.S. is the oldest and largest gathering of Native Language stakeholders in North America. In its 24th year, S.I.L.S. continues to be a premier venue, inspiring language revitalization, the advancement in research, the best practice strategies and more demonstrations in language development. All this progress plus more, so that our Native language and culture, of ALL Nations, is not lost forever.

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, June 15-17, 2017

Eighth American Indian / Indigenous Teacher Education Conference

[From the Website] Northern Arizona University's College of Education will host its Eighth American Indian / Indigenous Teacher Education Conference on June 16-17, 2017, with a reception on the evening of June 15. This conference for preschool, K-12, college, and university educators and concerned community members is designed through panels, workshops, and papers to share ideas for improving the lives and education of Indigenous children. Northern Arizona University's College of Education has worked with Indian Nations to improve the education of American Indian students for decades. It has hosted a variety of American Indian teacher and administrative preparation programs, including the well received Learn In Beauty program, and published a number of monographs, including Honoring Our Children: Culturally Appropriate Approaches for Teaching Indigenous Students and Honoring Our Elders: Culturally Appropriate Approaches for Teaching Indigenous Students.

OISE/ University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. August 24–26, 2017.

Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy & Planning

[From the Website] Jeff Bale, Associate Professor at OISE/University of Toronto, and Eve Haque, Associate Professor at York University, will serve as co-organizers of the conference. The conference will be held at OISE, August 24–26, 2017.

We are still in the process of finalizing some details related to moving the conference to Toronto. In the meantime, the Call for Papers and Plenary Speakers pages are up to date. Please direct any enquiries to

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