Welcome to the Conference on Multilingualism (COM) 2018

16th-18th December 2018

Ghent

The Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at Ghent University in Belgium is organising the Conference on Multilingualism from 16th to 18th December 2018. The call is now open for oral and poster presentations.

Participants wishing to present should submit a title and an abstract for their presentation before 14th September 2018. Please use the abstract submission page, which you can find here. Abstracts should be no longer than 400 words, including references. Notifications of acceptance will be sent on 19th October 2018. Suitable topics for presentation are all cognitive, linguistic, neurological, sociological, and educational aspects related to bilingualism and multilingualism, including (but not limited to) language processing, second or foreign language acquisition, context of language use, code switching bilingualism and cognitive control, and education in a foreign language. Please also indicate whether you prefer a poster or oral presentation. Symposia requests are also welcome. Please provide us with a general title and overview of the symposium, and include all abstracts (these should not exceed the word limit of 200) before 27th July 2018. These can be sent by email to com2018@ugent.be. A symposium should be no longer than 1.5 hours and should include five talks of 15 to 20 minute each and some time for discussion. We would also like to request gender balance in terms of symposium speakers.

Overview

What? The Conference on Multilingualism has a longstanding tradition (see History). It started in 2005 at the University of Trento under the name ‘Workshop on Bilingualism’. As of 2016, the conference has been held under its current name in order to include different aspects of multilingualism and not limit the scope to bilingualism.
When? Sunday 16th to Tuesday 18th December 2018
Where? Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at Ghent University – Henri Dunantlaan 2, 9000 Ghent, Belgium.
Keynotes? Invited speakers are Debra Titone (McGill University, Canada), Ramesh Kumar Mishra (University of Hyderabad, India), and Stef Slembrouck (Ghent University, Belgium).

Once more, we will serve you with a special treat, as we are also hosting a symposium on foreign language use in education. Confirmed speakers are Philippe Hiligsmann (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium), Jacob Thøgersen (Københavns Universitet, Denmark) and Stéphanie Roussel (University of Bordeaux, France).

Organisers

This year, the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at Ghent University is organising the Conference on Multilingualism. Some members of the organising committee are part of the research project LEMMA (Language, Education, and Memory in Multilingualism and Academia), conducting research on the interface between language and memory in multilingualism. Naturally, many more people are involved. All members of both the organising and scientific committee are listed below.

Organising committee
Marc Brysbaert, Wouter Duyck, June Eyckmans, Robert Hartsuiker, Martin Valcke, Evy Woumans (Ghent University)
Sarah Bernolet (University of Antwerp)
Esli Struys (Free University of Brussels)
Arnaud Szmalec (Université Catholique de Louvain)
Eline Zenner (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

Scientific committee
Marc Brysbaert, Wouter Duyck, Robert Hartsuiker, Martin Valcke, Evy Woumans (Ghent University)
Esli Struys (Free University of Brussels)