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Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the March 2022 AILA Newsletter. This issue comes against a tragic backdrop in Europe that few could have imagined only a few weeks ago - the return of state-on-state violence of the kind that we see in Ukraine today.

We are reminded of the important role that AILA can play in creating a peaceful and sustainable future. While not of course a vehicle in itself for solving political problems, AILA can nonetheless contribute through its focus on research and collaborations to solving practical problems related to language and communication, for example, through language and conflict resolution and language and migration.

Several AILA events take place this year and in 2023. The highlights of our celebration of 60 years of AILA (in 2024) are the 60th Anniversary World Congresses to take place in hybrid form in three venues.

The AILA 60th Anniversary World Congress in 2023 will convene in Lyon, France, on July 17th - 21st, 2023. See details here.

Forthcoming events by affiliates in 2022 which will be held both onsite and virtually include:

AILA affiliated conferences

Date Event Venue
Apr 27-29, 2022 39th Conference of the Spanish Association of Applied Linguistics (AESLA2022) University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
May 13-15, 2022 25th International Symposium on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (ISTAL) Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
July 13-16, 2022 Sociolinguistics Symposium 24 – Inside and Beyond Binaries Ghent University, Belgium
Sept 1-3, 2022 BAAL Conference 2022 Queen's University Belfast
Sept 8-10, 2022 Interactional Competences and Practices in a Second Language (ICOP-L2) - Barcelona 2022 Barcelona
Sept 15-17, 2022 The 12th International Conference on Third Language Acquisition and Multilingualism Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia
Sept 22-23, 2022 International Conference on Multilingual Education in Linguistically Diverse Contexts (MELDC 3) University of Tirana, Albania
Sept 28-30, 2022 2022 Annual Conference of the German Association of Applied Linguistics (GAL) Julius-Maximilians-Universität of Würzburg
Sept 29-30, 2022 6th international conference of applied linguistics in Lithuania Faculty of Philology, Vilnius University
Sept 30 - Oct 1, 2022 IRAAL Conference 2022 Munster Technological University
Oct 6-7, 2022 Multilingual Awareness & Multilingual Practices Conference 2020 (MAMP3) University of Eastern Finland, Campus Joensuu, Finland
Nov 25-27, 2022 ALAA and ALANZ Conference – Applied linguistics in the Asia-Pacific region Wellington City, New Zealand
July 17-21, 2023 AILA 60th Anniversary World Congress Lyon 2023 Lyon
Aug 13-16, 2024 AILA 60th Anniversary World Congress Kuala Lumpur 2024 Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

Calls for Papers

There are calls for papers for special issues of journals:


AILA has a longstanding relationship with UNESCO. We have endorsed the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) thus raising awareness of social issues among applied linguists; click here for the UNESCO conference on 18-20 May 2022.

Research Networks (ReNs)

Research Networks (ReNs) seek to promote research and its dissemination in all academic areas covered by AILA, with a particular focus on areas with potential for new cross-disciplinary research. Members come from different affiliates, countries and regions. The ReNs facilitate regional and inter-regional networking leading to more joint engagements and exchanges. The AILA Research Networks (ReNs) committee has released the list of new and renewed ReNs.

Remembering John Trim

As we approach 60 years of AILA, it is appropriate to recall the founders of the Association and others who played a key role in AILA’s early days. In this issue, we remember John Trim (1924–2013) who was chair of BAAL (British Association for Applied Linguistics), vice-president of AILA (International Association of Applied Linguistics) and an honorary member of AILA from 1969 to 1997. John was also a key figure in the Modern Languages Projects of the Council of Europe from 1971 to 1997. See The John Trim Collection and an interview with him on the History of Modern Language Learning and Teaching by Professor Richard Smith and Professor Nicola McLelland shortly before his death.

With best wishes,

Professor Azirah Hashim
President, International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA)