CFP: Migration and Language-Learning: Histories, Approaches, Policies


Migration and Language-Learning: Histories, Approaches, Policies

University of Leeds, 23rd-24th February 2018 


‘what sorow is for them that be refugiate in a strange countrey, when they can not understand the language of that place in whiche they be exiled: and when they can not make them to be understood by speach to the inhabiters of that contrey, wherein they be retired’ – Jacques Bellot, 1586


The histories of migration and language-learning are closely intertwined. In this British Academy Rising Star engagement workshop, to be held at the University of Leeds, an interdisciplinary group of early career researchers (ECRs) working on migration and language-learning in historical perspective will engage with individuals and organisations working on language education, policy, and activism in the context of migration today. This workshop aims to bring together participants from a variety of fields, working on periods from antiquity to the present day, in order to stimulate new conversations and new relationships within and beyond the academy.

Papers will be 20 minutes in length. Participants will also be invited to contribute blogposts for a public website, and to become founder members of a new network of researchers working on migration and language-learning in historical perspective.

Transport and accommodation costs for UK-based attendees will be covered, while funds towards transport and accommodation will be offered to attendees coming from further afield. Funding for this workshop is provided by a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award.

ECRs in history, linguistics, modern languages, education and relevant fields are invited to submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to by September 8th 2017.