The Value of Languages in a Multicultural World

An online international conference
13-15 December 2021

Hosted by
Multilingualism Research Centre,
Faculty of Medicine, Health & Human Sciences
Macquarie University

Submit an abstract
Deadline: 27 August 2021


The conference


In a culturally and linguistically diverse world in which languages are as mobile as people, goods and information, how multicultural societies understand and respond to the value of languages is a key question. The aim of this international online conference is to address this question at multiple levels of policy and practice.

Abstracts are invited for individual presentations and symposia that address issues of multiculturalism and multilingualism. They may fall into one of the following streams or be on any other topic relevant to the conference theme of multilingualism.


  • Language learning and use in the community

  • Indigenous languages

  • Multilingualism, technologies and literacies in education

  • Learning and using English in a multilingual society

  • Multilingualism in social and professional life

  • Geographies of multilingualism

  • Media, popular culture and communications

Plenary speakers

Platform and session times


The conference will be held using  Zoom.

Sessions are scheduled in Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) as follows:

  • Monday 13 December: 09.30 to 18.15

  • Tuesday 14 December: 13:00 to 17.00 and 19:00 to 22:00

  • Wednesday 15 December: 13:00 to 17.00 and 19:00 to 22:00


Sessions are timed primarily for participants in Asian and Australasian time zones. Evening sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday are included to accommodate participants in European and African time zones. Unfortunately, we are not able to conveniently accommodate participants in North and South American time zones.

Abstract submission

Abstract submissions are invited for:

  • Individual presentations (30 minute slot: 20 minute presentation + 10 minutes Q&A)

  • 60 minute symposia (flexible timing, minimum 2 presenters)

  • 90 minute symposia (flexible timing, minimum 3 presenters)

  • 120 minute symposia (flexible timing, minimum 4 presenters)

Co-presenters are expected to attend the conference and participate in the presentation.

Submit your abstract here

Key dates

  • Abstract deadline: 27 August 2021

  • Announcement of accepted abstracts: 1 October

  • Registration opens: 1 October

  • Registration deadline (presenters): 29 October

  • Program announcement: 19 November

  • Registration deadline (non-presenters): 10 December

  • Conference: 13-15 December

Registration fee

Presenters and non-presenters will be charged a registration fee of AUD120 to cover the costs of organizing the conference. For full-time students the registration fee will be AUD60.


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