Final Call for Proposals

(Please notice the extended deadline)

We are inviting proposals for presentations in the international conference on CoDesigns. Envisioning Multi-sited Language Education Policies.

Conference theme

The Conference encourages the participants to submit innovative panels, workshops and other presentations that aim at promoting empowering designs and approaches to language education policy. Hence the theme of co-designs: rather than focus on “producers” and “users” of language education policy, we would like to turn our attention towards policy formation as a two-way co-operative process. The conference will among other things focus on:

  • bi-/multilingual education
  • classroom contexts
  • migrants and language education
  • language education and the working life
  • second/foreign languages
  • policy approaches

The Conference is aimed at all language and education researchers and professionals who wish to deepen their expertise in questions addressed at the conference: academic researchers, graduate and PhD students, language teachers, and special education teachers.

Academic programme

In addition to the talks delivered by plenary speakers, the programme will consist of panel discussions, paper and poster sessions, colloquia and workshops.

  • Talks by plenary speakers
    • Professor (emerita) Marilyn Martin-Jones, University of Birmingham, UK
    • Associate Professor Feliciano Chimbutane, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique
    • Associate Professor Francis M. Hult, Lund University, Sweden
  • Invited panel discussion  on issues of equality and equity in Nordic language education
  • Workshops by plenary speakers
  • Presentations (paper, poster, workshop, colloquium) by conference participants

The submission of proposals is now open and closes on January 24, 2016 (please notice the extended deadline). This is done by filling out an online form.

  • Types of presentations: 1) paper, 2) poster, 3) colloquium (with thematically related papers, discussion and audience participation), and 4) workshop (with hands-on  activities based on some data or a specific topic)
  • Length of abstracts: paper, poster or workshop (500 words, max., including references), colloquium (500 words, max., including titles of papers but no mention of presenters by name; and if a proposal is accepted, an abstract will be requested for each paper, 300 words, max.)
  • Length of presentations in the conference: paper (20 min. and 10 min. for questions and answers), poster (size AO, max.), colloquium (90 or 180 min.), workshop (90 min.)
  • Language policy: The language of the conference is English. If a presentation is based on data in any other language, use of multilingual material (e.g. in Power Point slides, handouts) is recommended.            

The proposals for any type of presentation will be evaluated anonymously by at least two members of the Organizing Committee, and they will be evaluated for their

  • contribution to the field
  • quality of content
  • thematic relevance
  • quality of abstract (organization, clarity of expression)
  • for colloquia and workshops additionally: coherence, clear schedule of activities, discussion and/or audience participation

Presentation acceptances will be sent out in February 2016.




For any queries, please email:

The Conference website: www.jyu.fi/multisited2016


We look forward to seeing you in Jyväskylä, Finland, in June 2016.


Organizing Committee


University of Jyväskylä                                  Language Policies Network                                            Kielikampus