Wednesday 18 November 2015 - 00:00 to Friday 20 November 2015 - 00:00
The Latit, New Delhi


The deadline for submission for abstracts for the 11 Language and Development Conference is Sunday, 12 July 2015.

The conference has already received nearly 60 abstracts from 27 countries from 6 continents.

About the conference

The 11th Language & Development Conference 'Multilingualism and Development' hosted by the British Council, will take place in New Delhi, India, from 18th to 20th November 2015. There are three sub-themes: Multilingualism and the metropolis; Language, technology and multi-literacies; and Multilingualism, marginalisation and empowerment.

The final Call for Papers and the Proposal Submission Form for the Conference are now attached and are also available at The deadline for submission of proposals for papers and workshops is 26th June 2015.

Completed submission forms and enquiries can be addressed to

Information about the Language & Development Conference Series - which began in 1993 - and the published proceedings of earlier conferences can be seen at

Confirmed speakers

  • Ajit Mohanty, Professor and ICSSR (Indian Council of Social Science Research) National Fellow at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, and Founder Director of the National Multilingual Research Centre. His publications include Multilingual Education for Social Justice and Psychology of Poverty and Disadvantage. 
  • Birgit Brock-Utne, Professor at the University of Oslo, Norway. She has been a Professor at the University of Dar es Salaam and a Visiting Professor at several universities in the US, New Zealand, Japan, Austria and Spain. Her publications include Educating for Peace: A Feminist Perspective, Whose Education for All? and Optimising Learning and Education in Africa.
  • James Simpson, Senior Lecturer, University of Leeds, UK. His areas of research are language learning and migration. He is the co-author of ESOL: A Critical Guide, editor of The Routledge Handbook of Applied Linguistics and co-editor of Adult Language Education and Migration.
  • Osama Manzar, social entrepreneur, author, speaker, editor, columnist and new media specialist. He spearheads the mission to bridge the information barrier between India’s rural sector and the so-called developed society, through the Digital Empowerment Foundation, Delhi, which he founded and of which he is Director.
  • Rukmini Banerji, the CEO of Pratham. She has been with the organisation for 18 years. Since 2005, Rukmini has also been involved in the design and implementation of ASER (Annual Status of Education Report) – the largest annual study ever done by Indian citizens to monitor the status of elementary education in the country
  • Srikant Sarangi, Professor in Humanities and Medicine in Aalborg University, Denmark, and Director of the Danish Institute of Humanities and Medicine. His areas of research interest are institutional/professional discourse studies and applied linguistics. I am author and editor of twelve books and editor of three journals.