First call for papers

The editor, associate editors and editorial board of Computer Assisted Language Learning (Taylor and Francis) extend a cordial invitation to attend our  XVIth International CALL Research Conference at Universiteit Antwerpen (Antwerp, Belgium), 7-9 July 2014.

The conference theme will be:  RESEARCH CHALLENGES IN CALL

Starting points for this conference are the 12 challenges Jozef Colpaert recently identified and presented at WorldCall 2013 in Glasgow, and which he classified into three categories: contextual (academic meritocracy, academic value of CALL, myths/hypes and broad-public perception), methodological (design, replication, slow research and transdisciplinarity), and epistemological (open, psychological, smart en sustainable aspects).

Our three proposed session types reflect these categories:

  • Keynote speakers (to be announced) will be asked to tackle the contextual challenges in thought-provoking plenary sessions.
  • Research papers  should  focus on your current research and should discuss the methodological challenges you encounter. Two selected research papers will be awarded as plenary presentations.
  • Pre- and post-conference surveys, polls, group discussions and panels will focus on epistemological challenges we define together. If we want academic evaluation to become more objective, fair and justifiable, then epistemological challenges need to be defined clearly in advance. We would like this conference to be a catalyst for discussions regarding the question: What priority research topics can be defined by our community?  This should lead to a document that can be used by all CALLers worldwide for supporting their research proposals..

Deadline for submissions is 30 November 2013. Please send your abstract (300 words) and biodata (100 words) to Notification of acceptance: 15 January 2014. Submission of long abstract / short paper: 1 March 2014.


Ann Aerts
Conference manager
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerp
Tel. +32 3 265 41 97
Fax +32 3 265 46 37