Of all the conferences I visit each year, the L3 conference on multilingualism must rank among the most enjoyable. Held every two years, as well as the strong academic interest in multilingualism, it really feels like an extended family meeting. I love the opportunity to try my hand at selling books in German, or discussing book proposals in Italian, or chatting about politics in Finnish, without any feeling of discomfort or embarrassment about my mixing German and Italian on occasion.
The conference was organised with lots of energy and attention, and the evening events were held in the beautiful Kazimierzowski Palace of the University of Warsaw. It was here that with very great pleasure we awarded the Multilingual Matters best student paper prize of £100 worth of books to Maria Tymczyńska from the Department of Translation Studies, School of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland.
This event also saw the inaugural awarding of lifetime honorary membership of the association to Björn Hammarberg and Håkan Ringbom, and Håkan perhaps summed up the quality conference best of all by saying that “this is the only conference that I regularly attend”.
A trip to Warsaw surely wouldn’t be complete without a little Chopin, so after such a gruelling few days of hugging, chatting, catching up with old friends and making new ones, what better way to relax than a piano concerto?
This was my first visit to Poland since I was an 18 year old hitchhiking around Europe, I hope that I don’t have to wait so long to return!
It’s finally summertime here and we’re all trying to make the most of the rare days of sunshine! The summer can be a quiet time for academic publishers as many researchers are on holiday or making the most of the vacation and not having to teach their students. However, the Channel View team will be busy beavering away (inbetween our own holidays of course!) and getting ready for the start of the new academic year. We will be preparing our new catalogues as well as making arrangements for forthcoming conferences.
In August Tommi is attending the 16th World Congress of Applied Linguistics (AILA) in Beijing. China is a really big market for us and as AILA is an important conference it is essential that we attend. While he is there Tommi will be meeting with our Chinese rep to discuss our strategy for the Chinese market. He will report back on how the conference goes later in the summer.
Meanwhile, we have three important European conferences to prepare for in September. Firstly, there’s the British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL) conference. This year it’s just down the road at the University of the West of England so we don’t need to travel far to get there! Next is the 21st Annual Conference of the European Second Language Association (EUROSLA) which is in Stockholm, Sweden this year. Our publishing assistant Laura will be staffing our stand at EUROSLA so do go and see her and take a look at our new books. When Tommi has recovered from his trip to China he will be heading to the Seventh International Conference on Third Language Acquisition and Multilingualism (L3) which this year will be in Warsaw, Poland. We sponsor the Best Student Paper Prize at the L3 conference so the winner will be awarded their choice of €100 of Multilingual Matters books. That takes us up to the end of September and after that we will be preparing for the Frankfurt Book Fair.
So that’s what we’ll be doing for the next couple of months. Also, with 4 out of 5 of the Channel View team having their birthdays in August, we generally end up eating an awful lot of birthday cake throughout the summer!