Language Education Policy Studies
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University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
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Language Education Policy and Identities Inclusion: Cultivating Distinctiveness

Perceived Identities of Immigrant, Displaced and Refugee Children

MARCH 15-17, 2017

Call for roundtable facilitators-Madison, WI (U.S.)

March 15-17, 2017 INLEPS USA

Spencer Foundation
University of Wisconsin-Madison (U.S.)
University of Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle (France)

ROUNDTABLES: Our facilitators explore his or experiences and share it, how it evolved, led to certain results or issues, and then others are invited to share their own experience in this realm as well. We do NOT want a formal paper presentation. Our roundtables are experience-sharing sites, in which facilitators will present things as experiences, possibly researcher experiences, with no paper, looking at people in the eyes, and speaking about experiences in that classroom or with the issue, and asking people to share their own experiences.

The Eighth International Conference on  Language Education Policy will be held on March 15-17, 2017 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

The conference focuses on language education policy and the crisis of refugee or migrant children in the schools of the heightened security environment of Western nations. The focus is on cultures and ways of life that often are misrepresented, and also on languages and repositories of knowledge as affected by the expected linguistic assimilation through schooling. Linguistic diversity and humanity’s knowledge base are also affected. This process produces difficulties tied to identities, which displaced children and youth must negotiate. With the main focus on the role of teachers, teacher education vs. media representation and fear factors like Islamophobia, the Conference addresses the reality for the very young up to university students who are faced with often hostile conditions. By bringing together scholars of relevant areas to discuss these issues in an open, productive, and calm manner, we hope to explore methodological as well as conceptual issues, review the extensive work that has already documented post-9/11 experiences and ways out of the conundrum, create materials and databases for teachers, and expand the field for researchers of all ages and many related specialties.

We hope to discuss and demonstrate specific analytical and interpretive approaches, such as semiotic analysis, conditional probability clusters, implicative analysis and the analysis of correspondence that are proper to the French-speaking/Spanish-speaking and English-speaking cultures of research in education, along with current American approaches in education research, such as autoethnography, participatory action research, organizational learning studies based on focus and video study groups, and narrative inquiry. 

We are inviting presenter abstracts for research presentations and snapshots of pedagogy, that relate directly to your research and/or teaching. We are inviting presenter abstracts for research presentations and snapshots of pedagogy (10 minutes), and roundtable (80 minutes) that relate directly to your research and/or teaching. We will adopt the format of roundtables for the Conference, in which 3 researchers present reflections on their experience for about 25 minutes each with conversational interactions during the presentation. Abstracts should be sent to François Victor Tochon and are due by February 8, 2017. 

Applications for the Conference as well as electronic submissions should be sent on Word.doc, Word.docx, or Word.rtf files to:  ftochon(at)    

To apply for the Spring 2017 INLEPS Conference in Madison, Wisconsin (USA), please send us:

1)    Your name, position, institution, address, email

2)    The tentative title of your paper

3)    A 50-word summary of your paper for the Conference website

4)    A 200-word summary of your paper for the program

5)    A 100-word biosketch presenting who you are and your achievements

       Contact: ftochon(at)

Deadline for applying and submitting your abstract: May 31st, 2017.

Deadline for Paper submission: July 1st, 2017.

Deadline for book chapter final paper submission: August 1st, 2017.

Notification of acceptances will be ongoing. Papers from non-presenters may be accepted.

Full research papers should be submitted by July 1st, 2017 for publication in the Proceedings

These submissions will undergo a double blind peer review for publication as book chapters by Deep University Press.

Details of international keynote speakers and registration will be available shortly.

Join like-minded individuals with an interest in improving languages education, teaching, researching, making connections and fostering the internationalisation of education. World renowned keynote speakers will identify and respond to the major challenges and issues involved in languages learning today, providing leadership to stimulate policy and pedagogical change.

A webpage will be open for the registration process.

Part 1 of the Spring 2017 Inleps Conference will be held in Madison, Wisconsin (USA) on March 15-17, 2017.
Part 2 of the Spring 2017 Inleps Conference will be held in Paris, Quartier Latin on May 22-24, 2017 (new dates).

All inquiries can be directed to Professor Tochon at the UW-Madison: ftochon(at)