Earlier this month, Anna and Laura left Bristol in the midst of a heatwave for rainy Ireland and the biennial International Symposium on Bilingualism, which was hosted this year by the University of Limerick. In this post Laura tells us what they got up to.
The theme of the International Symposium on Bilingualism conference this year was ‘Bilingualism, Multilingualism and the New Speaker’ and delegates enjoyed a packed schedule of presentations, either linked directly to the theme or to any other aspect of bilingualism and multilingualism research. Clearly the topic of the conference lies right at the heart of Multilingual Matters and we were pleased that there was plenty of interest in our books. So much so that we often had a queue of keen customers at the stand during the breaks and were very glad to have each other to share the workload.
Accompanying Jean-Marc Dewaele as other plenary speakers were Ana Deumert, Alexandre Duchêne, Elizabeth Lanza, Tina Hickey and Lisa Lim. The keynotes were all very well-attended and we were glad to be able to slip away from a quiet stand in order to hear them.
Aside from the packed academic schedule, delegates were treated to a drinks reception, Irish BBQ with traditional Irish music and dancing and a Gala Dinner, featuring a live band and welcoming dance floor. Needless to say, we returned home utterly exhausted from an excellent and enjoyable conference and already looking forward to the next one in Canada in 2019!
Next up on the Multilingual Matters conference schedule come the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) and TESOL conferences and our editorial team will be heading to those gatherings which are due to take place on the west coast in Portland and Seattle later in March. We very much enjoyed our last trip to Portland for AAAL in 2014 and are looking forward to a bustling few days at the conferences. A particular highlight of the AAAL calendar will be the celebration that we’re hosting during the Monday afternoon coffee break at AAAL, to which all delegates are invited.
On return to the UK, Anna will be attending the iMean conference which is hosted right on our doorstep at the University of West of England, in Bristol. Jo Angouri is one of the organisers of the conference and also one of the series editors of our new Language at Work series. We are looking forward to introducing the delegates to the first book in the series, Medical Discourse in Professional, Academic and Popular Settings edited by Pilar Ordóñez-López and Nuria Edo-Marzá, which was published last year.
Tommi and I recently attended the International Symposium on Bilingualism in New Brunswick, New Jersey organised by Rutgers University. Around 480 delegates attended, including many of our authors, so it was nice to catch up with people and meet others for the first time. At conferences people always appreciate being able to browse our books in a way that isn’t possible online and also make the most of the opportunity to buy the books at a special conference discount price!
Our stand was in a great location, right in the middle of all the conference hustle and bustle so that everyone could have a look at the books while they had a cup of coffee. In a quiet moment Tommi even managed to catch up with the Eurovision Song Contest which took place in Vienna this year. Although Finland was knocked out at an early stage, Tommi still enjoyed watching the other countries compete!
On an afternoon off before the conference started, we had time to make a brief trip into New York as it was so close. We spend the afternoon walking through the Highline Park which gave us some great views of the city as well as some interesting street art.
All in all it was a successful trip and we are already looking forward to ISB 2017 which will take place in Limerick!
Earlier this month Tommi and I attended the 9th International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB) at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. The book exhibits were situated in the open air – there was a roof but no walls! On the first morning we arrived to torrential rain and a thunderstorm so we were glad of the roof! However, throughout the conference the wind was sometimes so strong that the books were literally flying off the table!
One of our authors, Ofelia García, was one of the keynote speakers and we were pleased to be able to attend her talk on students and teachers translanguaging which featured her recent book Bilingual Community Education and Multilingualism. It was a really successful conference and it was great to see so many of our authors there.
We didn’t have time to see much of Singapore but one evening there was a drinks reception at a bar with a roof terrace and we had a great view of the Singapore cityscape.
We’re already looking forward to ISB10 at Rutgers University in 2015!