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Multilingualism and Education: Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives

This symposium will bring together researchers and education practitioners who are interested in multilingualism and education in Norway and beyond. Call for participation! ***Deadline extended until 29. Sept***

This symposium will bring together researchers and education practitioners who are interested in multilingualism and education in Norway and beyond. We will explore the intersection of multilingualism and education from a broad and inclusive perspective, across a variety of disciplines and contexts. Through presentations, discussion panels, and workshops, participants will have the opportunity to share insights and strategies, considering:

  • What is the importance of multilingualism across different disciplines and school subjects? What roles does multilingualism play in second and foreign language teaching and learning?

  • Which policies and practices are supporting quality multilingual education in different contexts?

  • What are the challenges experienced by schools and educators who serve multilingual students? What strategies can help to address these challenges?

  • How do multilingual education strategies impact students from marginalized communities?

  • What insights do the perspectives, concepts and terminologies of different disciplines offer in addressing these concerns?

There will be an emphasis on multilingualism and education in Norway, with select contributions from scholars representing international perspectives.

Plenary presentations will be given by Prof. Nancy H. Hornberger (University of Pennsylvania, USA) and Prof. Hilde Sollid (UiT The Arctic University of Norway).

Call for participation

Presentation proposals: Researchers and practitioners whose work pertains to multilingualism, education, and related issues of social diversity are invited to submit a proposal for a 20 minute paper presentation. Proposals are welcomed from any discipline and may present conceptual and/or empirical work. Proposals should be 300-400 words and indicate the contribution that the paper makes to the themes of the symposium. Papers will be selected in order to provide a representation of different regions and disciplines.  

Student forum proposals: Postgraduate students (MA and PhD candidates) are invited to submit proposals for a paper presentation or a poster to share their research or research-in-progress. Proposals should be 300-400 words and indicate paper or poster format, as well as the contribution that the work makes to the themes of the symposium.

Panel discussions and workshop proposals: Several panel discussions and workshops will be held. Expressions of interest for participating in or facilitating a panel or workshop can be discussed with the organizers.

Deadline for proposals: Extended to 29 September
Proposals can be submitted in English or Scandinavian languages and should be sent to

Symposium attendance

The symposium is organized by the Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan and the research group SISCO at the Department of Teacher Education and School Research. It will be held on the Blindern campus of the University of Oslo.

Attendance is free, but advance registration is required to facilitate organization. Teachers, students and other practitioners from all levels of education are encouraged to attend. It is possible to register for one or both days: the first day is oriented towards practitioners, teachers and researchers and the second day is particularly oriented (but not limited) to researchers. Norwegian and English will be used on the first day, and English will be the main language of the second day.

Please register via the form on this website by 9 April, 2018: Registration in English, Bokmål or Nynorsk (via Nettskjema)

Several scholarships for student presenters of up to 2000 NOK will be awarded on the basis of need and the merit of submitted proposals. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please include a note explaining your situation and your interest in the symposium when you submit your proposal.

PhD course
A course for PhD students worth 2 ECTS will be held on the 9th of May in conjunction with the symposium. Further information will be forthcoming.



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Published June 14, 2017 12:29 PM - Last modified Sep. 13, 2017 4:56 PM