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University of Leeds, 10th-11th July 2019

BAAL/Cambridge University Press Applied Linguistics Seminar Programme 2018-2019: Creative Inquiry in Applied Linguistics: Purposes, Practices, Possibilities

We are delighted to invite you to the BAAL/Cambridge University Press Applied Linguistics Seminar Programme 2018-2019: Creative Inquiry in Applied Linguistics: Purposes, Practices, Possibilities at University of Leeds, 10th-11th July 2019. Please find the full Call for Papers and registration template attached.

 The increasing range of applied linguistic projects which engage with the arts offer approaches to research and education which can move beyond traditional research methods, offering new ways to engage with people’s complex communicative, affective, experiential and political realities. They enable us to challenge accepted boundaries, open up possibilities and disrupt fixed and binary orientations, and offer new understandings of the range and complexity of communication in personal and social repertoires. However, applied linguistics is a broad and inherently interdisciplinary field, and the definitions, practices and implications of creative inquiry for applied linguistics are as yet under-explored and under-examined. This seminar therefore aims to foster discussion between established academics, early-career researchers, and artist-researchers in order to address the questions: What is creative inquiry? and What are its affordances for applied linguistics? It will initiate exploration of three broad themes:

1. creative methods (e.g. collage, drama, music) for understanding, researching and teaching communication;

2. applied linguistic methods for researching creative/artistic practice or researching arts as objects of communication;

3. engagement in creative collaborations across sectors and disciplines.


Dr Lou Harvey, University of Leeds

Dr Jessica Bradley, Leeds Trinity University

Dr Emilee Moore, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona


Dr George Androulakis, University of Thessaly

Dr Roslyn Appleby, University of Technology, Sydney

Dr Jessica Bradley, Leeds Trinity University

Dr Heather Connelly, University of Lincoln

Professor Tony Crowley, University of Leeds

Dr Maria Grazia Imperiale, University of Glasgow

Dr Vicky Macleroy, Goldsmiths, University of London

Professor Kate Pahl, Manchester Metropolitan University

Artist Participant

Dr Louise Atkinson


Dr Judith Hanks, University of Leeds

Dr Andrea Milde, Nottingham Trent University

Dr James Simpson, University of Leeds

Professor Maggie Kubanyiova, University of Leeds


Professor Mike Baynham, University of Leeds

Dr Simon Coffey, King’s College London

Professor Angela Creese, University of Stirling

Dr Lou Harvey, University of Leeds

Dr Emilee Moore, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Dr Gameli Tordzro, University of Glasgow/Pan African Arts Scotland

 Submission Guidelines

Abstracts are welcome for any of the three themes – Creative Methods, Creative Contexts and Practices, and Creative Collaborations – and should be submitted using the attached template. One paper will be selected per theme. Please indicate the theme for which you are submitting, and send the template to Lou Harvey at 

Key dates

Deadline for submissions: 10th April 2019

You will be notified of the outcome by 30th April 2019


The seminar is designed to develop as a conversation over the two days. Therefore all participants must commit to attendance on both days.

If you wish to attend the seminar but not present a paper please fill in the attached template and indicate in no more than 100 words how your work relates to the theme and how you could contribute to the discussion.


Registration: £50, payable by 31st May 2019

Accommodation: Bed and breakfast accommodation is available on campus on Wednesday 10th July at £42.50 per night, which you will be able to book and pay for as part of online registration. Delegates who also need accommodation for the night of Tuesday 9th July should contact Lou Harvey: L.T.

Seminar dinner: On the evening of Wednesday 10th July there will be a dinner at a local restaurant. The cost of this is not included in the registration fee and must be met by delegates. Please indicate when you register whether you would like to attend this.


Funding is available for two student members of BAAL to cover registration. Please indicate if you would like to be considered. 

We look forward to receiving your contributions and to welcoming you to Leeds in July.


6th-8th September, 2018

Colloquium at BAAL conference. York, UK. 

Our network proposal to BAAL ’18 to be held in York (UK) in September has been accepted. Full text of the proposal attached here.

If you are at BAAL, make sure you come to join the discussion!


17th May, 2018

Networking lunch and informal research seminar. Leeds, UK.

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12th-23rd March, 2018 

E-Seminar 1: What is Creative Inquiry in Applied Linguistics?

We are very pleased to announce the first e-seminar of the AILA Creative Inquiry in Applied Linguistics Research Network: ‘What is Creative Inquiry in Applied Linguistics?’

The e-seminar will take place on the network mailing list: CREATIVE-INQUIRY-AILA@JISCMAIL.AC.UK. If you have not signed up yet, please contact the convenors (see the ‘Contact’ tab).

The e-seminar will take as a point of departure the short reading, and the questions below. You do not need to be actively engaged in creative inquiry or arts-based work to participate – we are just as interested to hear your thoughts, speculations, and questions.

E-seminar instructions

Please read the attached short text by Jessica Bradley.

 In no more than 300 words:

a) Please introduce yourself and your research area.

b) Please address the following questions:

  1. What do you understand by creative inquiry?
  2. What are, or what could be, its uses and affordances for your research and/or practice?
  3. What issues for discussion would you like to raise relating to creative inquiry in applied linguistics?

After the close of the seminar, the convenors will summarise and circulate the key points and themes.

We very much look forward to the discussion.


16th March, 2018

KONECT/Creative Inquiry AILA ReN joint seminar. Barcelona, Spain.

The KONECT project investigated, among other aspects, the communicative and academic skills that students in the 21st century need to develop and come to schools equipped with. In this seminar, KONECT will team up with members of the new AILA ReN on Creative Inquiry in Applied Linguistics to explore the theme of creativity in relation to language education. How can students’, educators’ and researchers’ engagement with the arts help us to better understand, to imagine and to impact on language education for the world we are living in?

For the full program, please check here.