Programme

Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. This page provides details of presentations and other programming. For more information about presenters, please visit the Speakers page.


Additional presentations and other programming will be announced in the coming months.

  • Identity and Language Learning in an Unequal Digital World
    Identity and Language Learning in an Unequal Digital World
    Keynote Presentation: Dr Bonny Norton
  • Language Learning in a Time of Complexity and Change
    Language Learning in a Time of Complexity and Change
    Keynote Presentation: Dr Garold Murray
  • IAFOR Silk Road Initiative Information Session
    IAFOR Silk Road Initiative Information Session
  • IAFOR Documentary Photography Award 2017
    IAFOR Documentary Photography Award 2017
    Award Winners Screening

Previous Programming

View details of programming for past ACLL conferences via the links below.

Identity and Language Learning in an Unequal Digital World
Keynote Presentation: Dr Bonny Norton

The world has changed since Bonny Norton published her early work on identity, investment, and language learning. Because of advancements in digital technology, there are new relations of power at micro and macro levels, and digital literacy has become essential in “claiming the right to speak.” As language learners navigate these changing times, they need to negotiate new identities, investments, and imagined futures. Working with Ron Darvin, Norton has responded to new linguistic landscapes by developing an expanded model of investment that integrates identity, ideology, and linguistic capital in a comprehensive framework. Norton argues that while there are structures that may limit a learner’s investment, the model seeks to illustrate the ways in which learners may both reproduce but also resist practices that limit possibility. Drawing on recent research with language learners in both wealthy and poorly resourced global communities, Norton will discuss the ways in which the model can help inform theory, research, and practice in language learning internationally.

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Language Learning in a Time of Complexity and Change
Keynote Presentation: Dr Garold Murray

Much of the 20th century was devoted to the pursuit of progress. Now in the early 21st century we find ourselves living in a period of pervasive and accelerated change. This would come as no surprise to George Bernard Shaw who quipped, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” In order to survive and thrive in these unsettling times, language educators need to be guided by theories that challenge accepted ways of thinking and encourage them to embrace change. One such body of theory, currently gaining prominence in the field of applied linguistics, is complexity thinking.

In this talk I explore the potential of complex dynamic systems theory to inform the work of researchers and teachers in the field of language education. To do this, I draw on the findings of three Japan-based studies – a five-year ethnography, a multiple-case study and a narrative inquiry – which investigate a social space for language learning on the campus of a large national university. After describing the learning environment and outlining the studies, I discuss what can be learned by adopting a complex dynamic systems theory perspective to guide the interpretation of the data. The findings suggest that language teachers should support the emergence of communities of practice and look beyond the in-class/out-of-class divide by viewing learners and their learning as open, self-organizing systems moving across time and space. In addition to practice, I also consider the implications for theory and further inquiry.

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IAFOR Silk Road Initiative Information Session

As an organization, IAFOR’s mission is to promote international exchange, facilitate intercultural awareness, encourage interdisciplinary discussion, and generate and share new knowledge. In 2018, we are excited to launch a major new and ambitious international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research initiative which uses the silk road trade routes as a lens through which to study some of the world’s largest historical and contemporary geopolitical trends, shifts and exchanges.

IAFOR is headquartered in Japan, and the 2018 inauguration of this project aligns with the 150th Anniversary of the Meiji Restoration of 1868, when Japan opened its doors to the trade and ideas that would precipitate its rapid modernisation and its emergence as a global power. At a time when global trends can seem unpredictable, and futures fearful, the IAFOR Silk Road Initiative gives the opportunity to revisit the question of the impact of international relations from a long-term perspective.

This ambitious initiative will encourage individuals and institutions working across the world to support and undertake research centring on the contact between countries and regions in Europe and Asia – from Gibraltar to Japan – and the maritime routes that went beyond, into the South-East Continent and the Philippines, and later out into the Pacific Islands and the United States. The IAFOR Silk Road Initiative will be concerned with all aspects of this contact, and will examine both material and intellectual traces, as well as consequences.

For more information about the IAFOR Silk Road Initiative, click here.

IAFOR Documentary Photography Award 2017
Award Winners Screening

The IAFOR Documentary Photography Award was launched by The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) in 2015 as an international photography award that seeks to promote and assist in the professional development of emerging documentary photographers and photojournalists. The award has benefitted since the outset from the expertise of an outstanding panel of internationally renowned photographers, including Dr Paul Lowe as the Founding Judge, and Ed Kashi, Monica Allende, Simon Roberts, Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Simon Norfolk and Emma Bowkett as Guest Judges. Now in its third year, the award has already been widely recognised by those in the industry and has been supported by World Press Photo, Metro Imaging, MediaStorm, Think Tank Photo, University of the Arts London, RMIT University, British Journal of Photography, The Centre for Documentary Practice, and the Medill School of Journalism.

As an organisation, IAFOR’s mission is to promote international exchange, facilitate intercultural awareness, encourage interdisciplinary discussion, and generate and share new knowledge. In keeping with this mission, in appreciation of the great value of photography as a medium that can be shared across borders of language, culture and nation, and to influence and inform our academic work and programmes, the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award was launched as a competition that would help underline the importance of the organisation’s aims, and would promote and recognise best practice and excellence.

Winners of the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award 2017 were announced at The European Conference on Media, Communication & Film 2017 (EuroMedia2017) in Brighton, UK. The award follows the theme of the EuroMedia conference, with 2017’s theme being “History, Story, Narrative”. In support of up-and-coming talent, the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award is free to enter.

Access to the Award Winners Screening is included in the conference registration fee. For more information about the award, click here.

Image | From the project Single Mothers of Afghanistan by IAFOR Documentary Photography Award 2017 Grand Prize Winner, Kiana Hayeri.