Filozofická Fakulta

6th International Language Management Symposium

Theme: Re-exploring the management of intercultural interactions at the macro and micro levels

Date: September 9-10, 2019

Venue: Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan



The poststructuralist perspective of language learning and use has allowed applied linguists to examine various aspects of communicative acts in relation to social contexts rather than adhere to studies of linguistic structures and mental processes. Such a perspective has generated sociocultural theories, which enable us to apply an analytical lens to the sociocultural factors of second language acquisition and intercultural interactions as well as the processes in which language learners and/or users undertake activities embedded in social contexts. While contributing to the investigation of individual and group behavior toward language, Language Management Theory (LMT) has established its own specific position in the field of sociocultural research. In particular, LMT has played a crucial role in expanding the sociocultural approaches to elucidating cultural contact on the grounds that it helps us analyze the processes in which norm deviations occur in contact situations and are followed by noting and evaluating the deviations, adjustment planning, and implementing plans and strategies to rectify such deviations (Jernudd & Neustupný, 1987; Neustupný, 1985, 2004). This symposium aims not to recycle and/or reproduce the previous findings of research on contact situations but to provide new insights into this research area by re-exploring intercultural interactions at the macro and micro levels on the basis of LMT and other sociocultural and sociolinguistic theories. Emphasizing the view of languages as mobile resources in the globalized world, the symposium will focus on not only linguistic and sociocultural problems, which participants face in contact situations, but also on how participants encounter positive intercultural phenomena and how they appreciate them.

Call for individual papers

This symposium invites proposals for paper presentations in the following strands:

  • Language learning and teaching
  • Language policy and planning
  • Language maintenance and shift
  • Discourse analysis
  • Bilingualism and multilingualism
  • Language, identity and power
  • Language and technology
Abstract submission

An abstract of 300 words, including the title, author(s) and affiliation(s), should be emailed to by March 17, 2019 (extended deadline). The acceptance will be notified by March 31, 2019.

Registration fee

5000 yen

Invited speakers
  • Björn H. Jernudd (independent scholar, Washington, DC)
  • Satoshi Miyazaki (Waseda University, Tokyo)
  • Jiří Nekvapil (Charles University, Prague)
Scientific committee
  • Lisa Fairbrother (Sophia University, Tokyo)
  • Sau Kuen Fan (Kanda University of International Studies, Tokyo)
  • Hidehiro Muraoka (Chiba University)
  • Marek Nekula (University of Regensburg)
  • Hiroyuki Nemoto (Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto)
  • Tamah Sherman (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)
  • Marián Sloboda (Charles University, Prague)
  • Petar Vuković (University of Zagreb)
Local organizing committee
  • Hiroyuki Nemoto (chair)
  • Michael James Davies
  • Rintaro Imafuku
  • Lachlan R. Jackson
  • Yuki Takatori

For details on previous International Language Management Symposia, please refer to: