51st annual meeting of the British Association of Applied Linguistics

BAAL 2018 will be held at York St John University in York, UK, from 6-8 September 2018. After celebrating half a century of BAAL in 2017, our theme — TAKING RISKS IN APPLIED LINGUISTICS — will make the 2018 meeting a testing ground for new ways of pursuing our research and improving our practice. Our global community is facing unsettling times, and language use is at the heart of many of the challenges we face. Such challenges include: new and renewed areas of social inequality; political, social and economic instabilities; language learning and teaching-related concerns; and legislative changes which affect the rights of certain groups. The 2018 meeting will be a forum for bold thinking to address these challenges.

We hope the conference theme will encourage innovative proposals for papers, posters, and colloquia. We will provide some alternative session types too, so that delegates can present and get feedback on unfinished but original lines of thought and untested but promising new approaches to research and practice. New work on old ideas is also very welcome, to ensure that our collective disciplinary wisdom isn’t lost. Equally, we want to hear about work from outside our disciplinary borders, and indeed, outside of academia altogether. 

The BAAL 2018 conference is hosted by Language and Identities in InterAction, an interdisciplinary research unit based in the School of Languages and Linguistics. York St John University is located in the centre of York. Rich in ancient history and famous for its wealth of visitor attractions, York is a flourishing city, just two hours by train from London and Edinburgh.


Annelies Kusters – Heriot-Watt University 

Erez Levon – Queen Mary University of London 

Anne Pauwels – SOAS University of London 

Bill VanPatten – Michigan State University (Pit Corder lecture)

Key Dates:

First Call for Papers: 1st November 2017

Closing Date for Abstracts: 31st March 2018

2018 Registration opens: 31st May 2018

Early Bird Registration closes: 14th July 2018

Registration closes: 30th August 2018


Professor Chris Hall and Dr Rachel Wicaksono, School of Languages and Linguistics, York St John University

Conference Support: contact events@baal2018.org.uk 

Conference webpage: www.baal2018.org.uk