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The 50th Anniversary Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics will be hosted by the Centre for Language Education Research, University of Leeds, on 31 August - 2 September 2017. CALL FOR PAPERS Conference theme: Diversity in Applied Linguistics: Opportunities, Challenges, Questions 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the first annual meeting of BAAL. The theme of the conference – Diversity and Applied Linguistics – will enable us to engage with the notion of diversity both of and in Applied Linguistics, in a diversifying world, in this anniversary year. What opportunities are enabled? What challenges are presented? What are the key questions for the field, as we take stock and look forward? Keynote Speakers Professor Henry Widdowson, Department of English, University of Vienna Professor Bencie Woll, Director, Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre, University College London S. Pit Corder Lecture Professor Mohamed Daoud, Professor of Applied Linguistics, Institut Supérieur des Langues de Tunis Submission Guidelines  Abstracts are welcome in any area of Applied Linguistics and should present original research. Abstracts which address the conference theme will be particularly welcome. DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF ABSTRACTS: 31 March 2017 You will be notified of the outcome of the review process in May 2017. To submit your abstract: Please go to the abstracts page of the BAAL 2017 website to submit your abstract: Abstract submission will be available shortly via this page. Your contact details will be included in the book of abstracts unless you opt out during the submission process. FORMAT: Text 300 words maximum (including references, if any). Do not use any special fonts, such as bold print or caps. Do NOT add tables, photos, or diagrams to your abstract. Do NOT indent your paragraphs, leave one space between paragraphs instead. Type of presentation: Individual Special interest group (SIG) track Poster Colloquium Scholarships BAAL offers scholarships at every annual conference. The scholarships are open to students and early career researchers, with the latter defined as being within 2 years of PhD completion. In addition, BAAL also offers one Chris Brumfit student/early career scholarship which is usually targeted at delegates from outside Britain who would not otherwise have funds to do so to attend the BAAL Annual Meeting. Candidates wishing to apply for either scholarship should submit an abstract in the usual way, indicating clearly on their submission that they wish to be considered for a scholarship. For more information on the scholarships and the selection process please refer to the conference website.  Prizes Poster prize - A prize will be given to the best poster presented at the conference. The local organising committee will select poster prize judges from the plenary speakers and leaders of invited colloquia. The winner receives £50. The Richard Pemberton best postgraduate paper prize - The postgraduate development and liaison co-ordinator together with an ordinary member of the BAAL Executive Committee will draw up a shortlist and co-ordinate judges for the Richard Pemberton best postgraduate paper prize. The winner receives £50. ALL PRESENTERS HAVE TO BE BAAL MEMBERS BY THE TIME THEY REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE. Conference Website: In case you encountered any difficulty or have any question, please do not hesitate to contact the Meetings Secretary, Alex Leung at: