Venue: Tallinn University, Estonia. Like us on Facebook!

Meeting description:
This conference is planned as an in-person networking event, where we will hold individual paper sessions in the mornings and work together on developing joint publications, research projects and grant proposals in the afternoons. A special session is planned as a workshop for PhD candidates in the afternoon on the last day (see below).

The main aim of this conference is to bring together scholars working on the most intriguing aspects of home language research, including but not limited to multilingualism, family language policy, digital literacies, digital practices, translanguaging, bilingual families and bilingual socialisation, bilingual families and media, education and home language development, bilingual education, multilingual special education, and teachers' and parents' attitudes on home language maintenance and development.

Call for papers:

We welcome papers presenting cross-national and cross-cultural comparisons in any of the areas mentioned above. The conference also invites methodological discussions of research related to home language maintenance and development. We encourage educators, practitioners, and speech pathologists to join the conference. On Saturday afternoon a PhD session will be organised where young researchers will have an opportunity to give presentations on the topic of their PhD theses and receive feedback from established scholars.

Abstract submission deadline: 1 February 2023
Talks: 20 min presentation + 10 min discussion
Language: English


Abstract submission guidelines:
Abstracts should be anonymised and not exceed 300 words, excluding references. Abstracts should clearly address the topic of the conference, state the research question(s), the method, and the (expected) results. They should also include a list of up to 5 keywords.

Conference information:
Unless Covid restrictions are in place, the conference is scheduled to take place in person. Please be prepared to travel to the conference venue to be able to take part in it.
Please note that conference participants are allowed to be named as co-authors in more than one presentation. However, a contributor can be designated as the first author in only one contribution.

Important dates:

  • October 2022: Call for abstracts for individual papers and posters
  • 15th January 2023: Please contact the conference organisers by 15 January 2023 if you would like to submit a panel. Please indicate the topic and format of your suggested panel (including panellists, if known already).
  • 1st February 2023: Submission deadline
  • 10th March 2023: Notification of acceptance

The conference is organised by the AILA ReN, Social and Affective Factors in Home Language Maintenance and Development and Tallinn University Baltic Film, Media and Arts School. 

Organising committee: Dr Susana Eisenchlas (School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science, Griffith University, Australia), Professor Andrea Schalley (Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies, Karlstad University, Sweden) and Professor Anastassia Zabrodskaja (Baltic Film, Media and Arts School, Tallinn University, Estonia).

Keynote speakers:
Professor Mila Schwartz (Oranim Academic College of Education, Israel) Ecological perspectives in early language education:
Parent, teacher, peers, and child agency in interaction


Professor Xiao Lan Curdt-Christiansen (University of Bath, UK) Pride, Prejudice and Pragmatism: Family Language Policies in the UK

Professor Natalia Gagarina (Leibniz Center for General Linguistics, Germany) “Diversity and uniformity in the building blocks of home languages: interplay of theories and methods” 

Registration fee: 150 Euros (including a social dinner on Friday evening), 120 Euros for PhD students

Contact Person: For inquiries, please contact Professor Anastassia Zabrodskaja (