20 - 24 June 2023

The XIX International Conference on Minority Languages will be held in Wales between 20 and 24 June 2023. It is thirty years since the ICML was last held here, during which one of the keynote speeches was delivered by Professor Joshua Fishman.

Over the past three decades, the landscape of so-called minority languages has changed dramatically: political, social, economic, technological and environmental challenges have transformed the contexts in which global linguistic diversity exists. Regional, minority, or minoritized language communities in different parts of the world continue to experience a range of factors and circumstances: their domains can expand as well as contract, their populations in numbers or percentages may increase as well as decrease, the patterns of daily use are becoming more complex and their speakers live in increasingly multilingual and mobile environments in both rural and urban areas. 

Yet very often, the wider socio-economic, technological, cultural and political frameworks prioritise monolingualist paradigms and ways of working. Activism and community endeavours – as emphasised in Fishman’s own work – continue to be important resources for many minority languages across fields as diverse as education, technology, media, public administration, commerce, economic development and broader political structures.

ICML 2023: Papers, Networking and More

In addition to a wide range of academic papers, panels and posters, ICML 2023 aims to present participants with a site-specific sociolinguistic experience of contemporary Wales and provide in-depth knowledge of practitioner-based case studies as well as opportunities for networking and contact building. Our All-Wales partnership for ICML 2023 includes a wide range of stakeholders who play a key role in language revitalization in Wales. 

Call for Papers

ICML 2023 welcomes proposals for papers, posters or panels, and the conference programme will be structured in thematic fields, such as:

  • Language policy and planning in multilingual and multicultural environments
  • Minority language revitalization in local and global contexts
  • Education, literacy and language learning in bilingual and multilingual environments
  • Languages, ideologies, identities and attitudes
  • Cultural and linguistic anthropology: language in the production of power relations and social inequalities
  • Media and communication approaches to language revitalization and multilingualism
  • Technology, digitalization and the role of social media in Minority Language Communities 
  • The use of minority languages for commercial activity including business and marketing
  • Cultural and creative industries
  • Indigeneity and identity in minority language contexts
  • Environmental challenges and minoritized languages
  • Legal frameworks and language legislation
  • Sociolinguistic and ethnographic approaches to language practices
  • Translanguaging and linguistic diversity
  • Community and intergenerational transmission, key interventions and practices 
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to sociolinguistics and language revitalization
  • Youth cultures and age-specific actions and practices
  • Economic development, planning and urbanization in minority language contexts
  • Mobility and migration and minoritized languages
  • Other relevant areas.

See below for details on how to submit your proposal. If you have any further queries please contact the organisers on icml2023@gmail.com

Important dates

Submission for proposals: opens 30 June 2022 and closes 30 September 2022.

Notification of acceptance of proposals: 14 November 2022.

Proposals

Proposals regarding original, previously unpublished research on minority languages are invited in three formats: individual papers, posters and panels. Proposals should relate to one (or more) of the themes noted above.

Papers and Posters

Please submit an abstract (300-words including references) of your paper or poster. The abstract should include enough detail to allow reviewers to assess the scientific merits of the proposal.

Oral papers will be allotted 15 minutes for presentation with discussion to follow.

A poster presentation combines a visual display on a poster board of the highlights of research with a question-and-answer opportunity. The poster will be available for viewing by participants during the slot indicated in the conference programme. All participants are encouraged to visit the posters and contact the main author during the conference.

Panels

Panels are collections of paper presentations which relate to a narrowly defined topic of interest and are offered in a 1.5-hour time block. Proposals for panels are limited to 500 words and should include brief summaries of each of the papers to be included, along with paper titles, and the names and affiliations of individual presenters.

Sufficient detail should be provided to allow peer reviewers to judge the scientific merit of the proposal. A chair/discussant for the session must also be identified. The person submitting a proposal for a colloquium is responsible for securing the permission and co-operation of all participants before the proposal is submitted

We particularly welcome Panels that present comparative research, interdisciplinary research or case studies from more than one minority language community.

Submit your proposal

All proposals should be sent by email to ICML2023@gmail.com using the following downloadable template (see attached).

Proposals should be submitted in English or Welsh. If you would like to present in a language other than the language of your proposal, or if your panel consists of more than one language of presentation, please note this clearly in the proposal.