Skip to Content


BAAL 2022 conference to be hosted at Queen's University

grad school upstairs

British Association of Applied Linguistics conference - BAAL 2022


Theme: Innovation and Social Justice in Applied Linguistics

1-3 September 2022, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

BAAL 2022 will be hosted by Queen’s University, brought to you by a team of applied linguists at the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work and the School of Arts, English and Languages at Queen’s. The conference theme Innovation and Social Justice in Applied Linguistics reflects an increasing interest in research that responds to real-world concerns within and beyond the field. In the face of a global health crisis and rising socio-racial awareness, our theme invites discussions around innovative and socially just practices in a field that is experiencing the multilingual, spatial and social justice turn all at once. The current times are transformative and hopefully the conference theme will enable proposals from across disciplines and sub-disciplines of applied linguistics, to stimulate conversations about the field’s responses to global turbulence and shifts. We also invite proposals to generate meaningful dialogue around current issues in language research.

We plan to hold the conference in-person with limited virtual options for participation. We will monitor the situation closely and reassess it in March 2022. At that point we will make a final decision as to whether the conference will be held in person or in an online format. Rest assured that all members will be updated as soon as any major decisions are made.

Framed by mountains and sea, Belfast is the largest city in Northern Ireland and is a thriving hub for culture, technology and the arts. It is home to a maintained Irish language and Ulster Scots presence alongside many varieties of English and the languages of newly arrived communities – a testament to its history as a site of language contact for centuries. Belfast can easily be reached by ferry ( or air, and George Best City Airport is just 10 minutes from the city centre and 15 minutes from Queen’s. Travel by ferry starts and ends at the city centre bus station. 

Plenary Speakers

  • Li Wei, University College London
  • Khawla Badwan, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Vera Regan, University College Dublin
  • Ahmar Mahboob, University of Sydney

Conference organisers

Sultan Turkan, Ibrar Bhatt, Sin Wang Chong, Mel Engman, Caroline Linse, Aisling O’Boyle (School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work); and Jane Lugea (School of Arts, English and Languages)

Conference email:

Conference webpage:

Call for Papers
We welcome abstracts for conceptual and empirical papers in any area of Applied Linguistics, broadly defined. Papers should offer something new and of interest to a BAAL audience. Abstracts for papers reporting on research should clearly outline aims, methods and results. Conceptual papers should offer clear expositions of how the paper contributes to the field. Abstracts that specifically address the conference theme will be particularly welcome.

Photo: Dr Sultan Turkan
Dr Sultan Turkan
School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work