Call for papers

Abstract deadline extended to Sunday 21 February 2021

We welcome papers addressing any aspect of the intersection between migration, language and identity whether focussed on migration discourses, language practices, legal policy or the ideologies embedded and revealed within them. We also welcome reflexive work which challenges and advances how we investigate these topics, and work which highlights potential impact and proposes methods for stakeholder involvement.

The conference is conceived as an interdisciplinary event and we warmly invite abstract submissions for papers addressing language and identity in relation to migration from colleagues across a range of disciplines including, but not limited to: education, intercultural communication, law, literary studies, linguistics, geography, history, memory studies, migration studies, psychology, sociology, translation studies. We also warmly welcome contributions from colleagues working outside academia. Topics of interest include:


  • Migration and un/belonging
  • Language, national identity and the Other
  • Interrogating categorisation of migrants
  • Representing migration from the perspective of departure country
  • Framing privileged migration
  • Self-representation of migration
  • Migrant-authored literary practice and identity
  • Cross-linguistic analysis of migration discourses
  • Metaphor in representations of migration
  • Integration as a two-way process and concept

Language practices

  • Language and superdiverse contexts
  • Language contact: practices and attitudes
  • Migration and intercultural communication
  • Migration and translation
  • Educational practices and migration
  • Heritage languages and identity

Policy and impact

  • Language testing and citizenship
  • Language policy and citizenship
  • The language of migration policy
  • Discursive criminalisation of migration
  • Creating impact – case-studies and experiences
  • Working with stakeholders in investigating language, migration and identity
  • Identification of areas where impact is needed

Historical perspectives

  • Historical analyses of representation, practice and policy in relation to migration
  • Language, migration and memory
  • Memorialisation of migration
  • Narratives of distant travels


  • Decolonising the study of language and identity in relation to migration
  • New interdisciplinary methods for investigating language, migration and identity
  • Approaches to the study of language and migration (critiques / comparisons)

Paper format

We propose three categories of paper: a) a research paper b) reflexive/position paper c) work-in-progress paper (this replaces the ‘poster’ category from a physical conference). Research papers and reflexive papers will be given a 20-minute video slot and work-in-progress papers will be given a 5-minute video slot. All authors will be invited to join discussion panels which will be based on theme (not paper type).

All presenters will be asked to pre-record their papers and submit in advance of the conference. The papers will be organised into thematic panels, as in a physical conference, and made available to the participants one week before the conference. During the conference, there will be 45-minute discussions for each thematic panel (approx. 6 speakers per panel). This replaces the standard 10-minute question-answer session after an individual paper. There will be opportunities for attendees to ask questions and raise topics before and during the panel. Participants (paper presenters and attendees) will be invited to watch the videos before the discussion panel so that the time can be used to explore connections between papers, identify any common themes emerging and discuss ways of developing the conversation.

Conference structure

Building on the pre-recorded talks submitted and made available prior to the start of the conference, the conference event itself will have a series of discussion panels, plenary talks and roundtables in addition to networking and development events. The main platform will be Zoom.

Abstract format

Please specify whether your paper is a) a research paper b) reflexive/position paper c) work-in-progress paper.

All abstracts should be approx. 250 words (excluding references) and should include up to 5 keywords, a clear research question, indication of findings and references. Categories (a) and (c)  should also include a description of the data and methodology.

Abstracts should be submitted to by Monday 15 February 2021