Education for sustainable development (ESD) is a cross-cutting task for all subjects taught at schools (primary, secondary, tertiary). Thus, it also poses questions for language education and its contribution to the project of sustainable living and global citizenship.
In light of such initiatives as the UN's Agenda 2030, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as well as UNESCO's ESD program, and strongly influenced by such concepts, theories, and perspectives as literary ecocriticism or ecolinguistics, there has been a growing body of work – both scholarly and in schools – dedicated to teaching and learning about, through, and for sustainability in the context of language education in recent years.
Against this background and considering the inevitable launch of an Agenda 2050 with new opportunities for the framing of educational goals and foci, this conference aims at providing spaces for scholars and practitioners to discuss the unique contributions that language education, with its focus on literatures, cultures, and languages, can make towards the aspirational project of sustainability in all its dimensions. This includes the exploration of sustainability education from inter- and transdisciplinary perspectives with regards to theories, research, and practice in language education.
Who this conference is for:
The conference will be of interest to (foreign/second/additional) language education researchers and practitioners on all levels of education (primary/secondary/tertiary/...) as well as to applied linguists, socio-cultural researchers, literary scholars, policy makers, and many more with an interest in education for sustainable development, global citizenship, social justice, decolonial futures, human and children's rights and language education.
Call for Contributions & Abstract Submission
Please find the Call for Contributions here.
Submission is open – we are looking forward to receiving your abstract!
Submit your abstract via this link.
Submission will close on Thursday, August 1st, 2024 (11:59pm, CET).
Notifications of acceptance will be sent to all authors by Tuesday, October 1st, 2024.
Abstract proposal types
Each individual may submit a maximum of two proposals in total (e.g., 1 research paper + 1 symposium). For more information, see the Call for Contributions and below.
There are four different proposal types:
- Research paper presentation
The presentation is based on completed or ongoing research related to the main theme and sub-themes of the conference.
- Early-career spotlight
The spotlight is based on completed or ongoing research related to the main theme and sub-themes of the conference conducted by early-career researchers (up to 6 years after completion of PhD). Early-career spotlights provide an excellent opportunity to tackle roadblocks with the combined expertise present at an international conference.
- Out Now! spotlight
Out now! spotlights provide an opportunity to feature the latest publications in the field of language education for sustainable development and related areas (up to 1 year old starting in March 2024).
A symposium is a 90-minute session entirely organized by the session proposer(s). The conference organisers will allocate the time slot and room for the session. A symposium is dedicated to a specific sub-topic or theme relating to the conference's main theme. The purpose of the symposium is to explore the proposed topic from different perspectives and to provide as much space for discussion as possible.
Registration will open on Tuesday, October 1st, 2024.
The registration form will be accessible via this website.
>> More information will follow soon. <<
All conference participants are required to register for the event.
Registration fees are the same for presenting and non-presenting participants.
The conference can offer no subsidies or waiver for the registration fees. There is also no funding for travel or accommodation available.
The registration fee includes admission to all scientific events of the conference, conference materials, free Wi-Fi, and coffee/tea during breaks listed in the programme.
The registration fee does not include the conference warming on Wednesday, March 24th, or the conference dinner on Thursday, March 25th, which will be subject to separate fees (amount t.b.a.).
We are delighted and grateful that these experts have agreed to enrich the conference with their perspectives:
More information will be published soon.
Getting to Münster
By train: The train station "Münster (Westf.) Hbf." can be reached via regional trains and long-distance trains (IC, ICE).
>>More information on the DB Event Ticket will be published in October 2024.<<
From the train station, you can reach the English Department by bus within 10 minutes (bus stop: "Aegidiimarkt"):
- Line 1 (terminus „Roxel Hallenbad“)
- Line 2 (terminus „Alte Sternwarte“)
- Line 9 (terminus „Von Humboldt Straße“)
- Line 10 (terminus „Waldweg“)
- Line 11 (terminus „Dieckmannstraße“)
- Line 12 (terminus „Rüschhausweg“)
- Line 14 (terminus Zoo/Naturkundemuseum).
Please note that there may be updates on the day of arrival / departure.
By car: You can reach the English Department by car, however, since it is located in the city center, there might be high volume of traffic. Please pay special attention to bicycles in and around Münster!
Coming from the highway (Autobahn A1 or A43), you may follow the directions towards the city center, Prinzipalmarkt, Domplatz or Schloss.
- Parkhaus am Aegidiimarkt; Address: Aegidiimarkt 1-7 (directly opposite the English Department)
- Domplatz 23a, 48143 Münster (approximately 3 min walking distance to the English department; open air parking)
Each of these options allows parking for a fee. Free parking areas are very limited within the city of Münster – try your luck in the Aasee area, Bismarckallee and Adenauerallee for free parking. From there, the English Department is within a 10min walking distance.
By plane: For visitors from afar, there are options to arrive by plane and then take transit transportation to Münster:
- Airport Münster-Osnabrück (FMO), which offers flights to and from cities within Germany and its neighboring countries. There is a shuttle bus service to Münster Hauptbahnhof (train station), which runs every 30min and takes approximately 40-50min; cost: 8.10€. Taxis are available at higher cost. The first bus (S50) departs the airport at 5.54am, the last bus (R51) departs the aiprort at 8.34pm. Similar times are true for the way to the airport from the train station.
- Airport Dortmund (DTM) features direct connections to the train station „Holzwickede/Dortmund Flughafen“ via shuttle bus service. From there, you can take the RE7 regional train to Münster.
- Flughafen Düsseldorf (DUS); from here it takes you approximately 2h via trains to Münster.
- Enschede Airport Twente (ENS) in the Netherlands; approximately 1h via train to Münster.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to Münster! To faciliate your planning process, we will reserve limited contingents at a number of hotels in the city center.
>> More information and a list of participating hotels will be published soon. <<
Restaurants in Münster
The English Department is located right at the heart of Münster. As such, there is a great variety of dining options available to you within a 10min walking radius. Vegetarian and vegan options are available at almost every restaurant.
Here's a (not at all exhaustive) list of tried and tested options:
Vapiano (Königsstraße 51)
All of these restaurants offer vegetarian and vegan options.