International Colloquium on Languages, Cultures, Identity

International Colloquium on Languages, Cultures, Identity, in Schools and Society


International Colloquium


The worldwide spread of the COVID-19 virus forced us to cancel the 6th and 7th editions of the Colloquium, initially scheduled for 2020 and 2021, respectively. While we have received numerous inquiries about the potential for a virtual event, we strongly feel that this format would defeat our purpose of organizing a Colloquium that contributes to the development of personal and professional relationships among participants.

UPDATE - August 16, 2021: We continue to monitor the spread of the virus. Fortunately, the number of vaccines administered to date may make it possible to have an in-person event in 2022. Pending new developments, the Call for Proposals will be launched around the end of September, 2021, with the 6th edition of the Colloquium being held July 6-8, 2022.

Stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones in the meantime.

The Colloquium, organized by the Loyola Marymount University School of Education, Los Angeles, California, with the support of the Department of Culture of the City of Soria, welcomes professionals, college students, and any individual interested in the impact of language, culture, and identity on our lives. The event will be held at the Centro Cultural Palacio de la Audiencia.

The current increase in migration patterns, globalization and transnationalism raises a myriad issues affecting populations worldwide: Fitting in; relocation-related gains and losses; what is "home"; living between two worlds; new linguistic, educational, ethnic, and cultural realities... With this in mind, the Colloquium revolves around the following topics:

  • Bi/multilingualism and bi/multi/transculturalism in families, schools, and society
  • Impact of bi/multilingualism and bi/multi/transculturalism on perceptions of language, culture, and identity
  • Impact of immigration on families and individuals
  • Ethnic- and cultural identity-related issues, including teacher-student differences
  • Language ideologies, policies, and practices
  • Maintenance and development of minority and heritage languages
  • Implementation and outcomes of immersion, transitional, and two-way bilingual programs
  • Code switching, code mixing, and translanguaging
  • Pidgins and creoles
  • Idioglossia
  • Sign languages (International, American, Nicaraguan,...) and CODAs
  • Linguistic landscape
  • Language brokers
  • Generation 1.5
  • Third Culture Kids, Adult Third Culture Kids, Cross-Cultural Kids, and Global nomads
  • Kaigai-shijo and Kikoku-shijo
  • Military brats, missionary kids, and borderlanders
  • Education of refugees, newcomers, and international orphans and adoptees
  • Other pertinent topics per the Organizing Committee

Individual presentations (English or Spanish) are 25 minutes long. Two presentations will share a 55-minute slot, based on commonalities between their topics. Participants attending at least 85% of the 20 contact hours of the Colloquium will receive a certificate of attendance.

Please note that this is a Colloquium, not a congress, symposium, or conference. We pride in fostering conversations and exchanges of ideas among participants. Therefore, we do not accept virtual presentations. For the same reason, certificates of presentation and/or of attendance are only extended to participants attending the event in Soria. Please keep this in mind prior to submitting your proposals and/or registering for the Colloquium.

Proceedings are published on Digital Commons at the conclusion of each edition of the event. Information on submission procedures, as well as previously published Proceedings, can be accessed by clicking on 2019 Proceeding Guidelines or on the Proceedings link on the website.

Please contact Francisco Ramos, Colloquium Director, at for more information.