BELP 2016

Friday 22 April 2016 (00:00-23:59)

We are pleased to invite all postgraduate students in English Language and Applied Linguistics to attend The Birmingham English Language Postgraduate Conference 2016 (BELP) to be held on Friday, 22 April 2016.

The conference is free to attend. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

The theme of this year’s conference is: “Pushing Boundaries: Towards New Directions in Linguistics”.

Plenary speakers:

  • Associate Professor Andrew Kehoe (Birmingham City University)
  • Dr Joe Bennett (University of Birmingham)

Call for papers

We are very happy to announce that we are now accepting abstract submissions for BELP 2016. We welcome contributions that, in line with the theme of the conference, point towards new directions in research for English Language and Applied Linguistics, whether theoretical or methodological. However, we want to assure all applicants that we are employing a broad and inclusive approach to selecting abstracts that explore various areas in the field of English Language and Linguistics and related disciplines (such as Sociology, Education, Psychology). Students on Taught and Research Postgraduate Courses are encouraged to apply.

Key dates

  • 22 February 2016 (17:00) - deadline for abstract submission
  • 20 March 2016 - notification of successful submission
  • 31 March 2016 - registration deadline

We invite submissions for oral presentations (20 minutes, plus 5 minutes for questions). Abstracts should be no longer that 250 words and should include the title of your paper, five keywords, your name, institution, research status (PhD, MPhil, MRes, MA), and email address.

Please send abstract submissions and enquiries to the organising committee (Ivan Ghio and Marianne Cronin)

All attendees are kindly asked to register via the website We are also actively seeking students willing to chair the student presentation sessions. Please indicate if you are interested in this when registering for the conference.

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