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LCNAU Eighth Biennial Colloquium

27–29 November 2024
Trans/Formation: research and education in languages and cultures

We find ourselves in a period where the intricate interplay between language and culture is undergoing a profound re-evaluation. Rapid technological advancements, ecological imperatives and geopolitical shifts have collectively pushed language education and research into uncharted territories.

The emergence of new machine learning technologies and generative artificial intelligence promises to reshape the very contours of future cultural practice and meaningful human interaction (Harari, 2023).¹ At a fundamental level, the diversity of cultural and linguistic expression faces the risk of homogenisation through the overuse of these technologies. Simultaneously, ecological threats have also caused a need for a convergence across languages and cultures to describe and address planetary environmental crises (Chakrabarty, 2022).² Furthermore, linguistic forms and norms are increasingly challenged by seismic shifts in geopolitics.

Yet, within these challenges lies the potential for valuable scholarly responses and the opportunity to engage in trans/formative thinking and practice: (re)constructing ideas and practices that help us to think in new ways across the relationship between culture and language as we traverse new academic and intellectual frontiers.

Call for papers

LCNAU invites scholars, practitioners, early career researchers and postgraduate students to consider following questions:

  • What does it mean to be living at a time when many long-established cultural and linguistic norms face profound challenges and scrutiny?
  • How can we comprehend the intricate relationship between language and culture in an era of radical transformation driven by the advent of Artificial Intelligence?
  • What are the ramifications of ecological crises and the urgent responses they require on our relationships to the environment and each other?
  • How might widespread global and regional realignments alter the dynamics of linguistic dominance and language acquisition?
  • In what precise ways is the age-old connection between language and culture being challenged, and how should we respond to these challenges through our research and teaching?
  • How can research meaningfully inform education in responding to these challenges?
  • What modes of thinking and engagement can empower researchers and educators to productively address the recent waves of transformation and change?

We welcome abstracts and panel proposals addressing the following areas of interest:

  • Multilingual and multicultural Australia
  • Indigenous languages and cultures
  • Art, literature and knowledge systems in diverse languages and cultures
  • Language and identity
  • Language policy and planning
  • Intercultural competence
  • Shifting pedagogical paradigms
  • Technologies and AI in language learning
  • Language acquisition  

The organising committee will also accept for consideration proposals which are not strictly related to these areas, but which focus on the field of languages and cultures more broadly.

  1. Traditional presentations: All presentations will be limited to 20 minutes and 10 minutes for discussion. Abstracts of maximum 250 words (in English). APA 7th referencing style is required.
  2. Panel proposals: Submissions must include a panel title, a short introduction to the panel (200 words in English) and the abstract of the presentations (max. 250 words each, in English). Panels will generally include 3-4 presenters (for a maximum allocated time of 90 minutes). APA 7th referencing style is required.
  3. All proposals must be in English (to facilitate peer-review process). However, we welcome proposals for papers in panels and roundtables in languages other than English. A maximum of three papers is allowed, one as first author and no more than two other papers as co-author.
  • Wednesday 31 January 2024: Call for papers open
  • Sunday 31 March 2024: Call for papers close
  • Monday 15 April 2024: Call for papers close (extended deadline)
  • Sunday 5 May 2024: Call for papers close (final deadline)

More dates to come.

Our people

For all colloquium-related queries, please contact: lcnau2024.colloquium@sydney.edu.au

The Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU)

LCNAU is a network that brings together individuals, language programs, university structures and tertiary institutions. It aims to strengthen the tertiary languages sector in Australia through advocacy, collaboration, research and support.

Learn more about LCNAU

LCNAU provides a vital link across the languages sector, by enabling increased systematic and regular collaboration and exchange. Leadership and guidance are urgently needed at various levels, from tutor to professor. LCNAU also strives to meet the need for leadership around models of delivery, models of assessment and curriculum development; this is underpinned by LCNAU’s goal of providing the most effective and rewarding learning experience for students.

LCNAU also functions as a lobby group for language education, something which has been sorely lacking. It contributes to challenging and changing public attitudes, which constitute an ongoing obstacle to achieving language education policy goals. LCNAU also interacts productively with other education sectors (primary and secondary), with business, and with other stakeholders.

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1    Harari, Yuval Noah. (2023, May 14). AI and the future of humanity | Yuval Noah Harari at the Frontiers Forum – by Yuval Noah Harari [Video]. YouTube.
2    Chakrabarty, Dipesh. Foreword. (2022). In J. Thomas (ed.), Altered Earth: Getting the Anthropocene Right (pp. xi-xiv). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781009042369.001