Programme

The International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE) Summer School lasts for one week from Monday 4th July to Friday 8th July 2022.

Below is the provisional programme for the Summer School. Please note that this version of the programme is certain to be updated and adjusted over the next few weeks, so please check back regularly for updates.

The Summer School is designed to encourage participants to rethink global Englishes from decolonising and raciolinguistic perspectives. This will entail drawing important distinctions between Settler Englishes of the type found in New Zealand and other dialects which have instead evolved in colonial contexts. In the postcolonial Englishes of newly independent nations such as India, it is the indigenous languages which are regularly not given the credit they deserve for playing a key role in differentiating these varieties from Settler Englishes both structurally and socially. The “Empire Speaks Back” Summer School offers presentations, workshops and social activities that seriously engage with the colonial and settlement histories of diverse World Englishes with a view to questioning and reshaping how they can best be modelled by the next generation of researchers.

It will take place at Newcastle University, UK and is currently planned as a hybrid meeting (i.e. you can participate virtually or in-person). The in-person programme is subject to COVID-19 national and international travel, border and quarantine restrictions. Please be aware that, as a result of these (or other factors beyond our control), ISLE may change the format of the Summer School to wholly online at a later date, cancel the full programme, or cancel elements within it. In-person participants should therefore organise their own health, travel and personal insurances in advance. Every effort will be made to update participants as quickly as possible should a change occur. We will closely communicate with those affected and try to find a satisfactory solution for everyone.


Educational excursions and social activities for in-person participants will be confirmed in the programme at a later date because some of these may depend on numbers registering for in-person participation as well as on public health guidance. The complete programme will be available nearer the start of the Summer School but the following are currently envisaged:

Social/Educational Activities for in-person participants include:

From July 4th-7th, all participants will be actively involved in three kinds of learning opportunity – Presentations, Workshops and Pop-Up Mentoring slots

Presentations will be delivered by leading scholars in postcolonial Englishes around the world. They also have expertise in novel approaches to our understanding of these varieties as products of colonialism, empire and racism. Workshops will provide opportunities to acquire practical skills and expertise for coding, transcribing, visualizing and statistically analysing linguistic data. There will also be hands-on sessions exploring manuscript materials relevant to the history of English and postcolonialism. The importance of acquiring expertise in how to exploit your research to benefit wider publics will be demonstrated in our on-site Digital Kitchen which has been used to teach languages using motion sensor technology. Furthermore, every early career researcher needs to understand how to navigate the job market. As such, one of the workshops will be devoted to preparing for the next steps in your career. Pop-Up Mentoring slots will be offered as one-time, no strings attached, mentoring sessions that give you the chance to have an informal chat with a mentor about your career, impact or research plans outside of your official support system.


Tuition for in-person participants includes:

  • Access to all presentations and workshops (in-person and online)
  • Access to the abstracts and recommended reading material
  • Access to ‘Place-Names of Newcastle’ e-booklet
  • Access to the ‘Linguistic History and Archaeology of Jarrow and Lindisfarne’ e-booklet
  • Daily lunches and coffee breaks as envisaged in the final programme
  • In-person or online Pop-Up Mentoring sessions
  • Debate on When Language Meets Life – or Death podcast

Tuition for virtual participants includes:

  • Access to all online presentations and workshops
  • Access to the abstracts and recommended reading material
  • Access to ‘Place-Names of Newcastle’ e-booklet
  • Access to the ‘Linguistic History and Archaeology of Jarrow and Lindisfarne’ e-booklet
  • Online Pop-Up Mentoring Sessions
  • Debate on When Language Meets Life – or Death podcast

Exact details of the presentations, workshops and pop-up mentoring slots are being finalised and will be provided at a later date along with the abstracts and references/resources which presenters and workshop leaders would like you to engage with in advance. However, we have included a list of confirmed presenters, workshop leaders and pop-up mentors below.

Confirmed Presenters

Presenter nameAffilitation
Carolina Amador-MorenoUniversity of Bergen, NO
Umberto AnsaldoCurtin University, AU
Dania BonnessWestern Norway University of Applied Sciences, NO
Alfred BuregeyaUniversity of Nairobi, KE
Lynn ClarkUniversity of Canterbury, NZ
Aris M. ClemonsUniversity of Tennessee, Knoxville, US
Glenys CollardThe University of Western Australia, AU
Karen CorriganNewcastle University, UK
Alexandra D’ArcyUniversity of Victoria, CA
Derek DenisUniversity of Toronto Mississauga, CA
David DeterdingUniversiti Brunei Darussalam, BN
Robert FuchsUniversity of Hamburg, DE
Jette Hansen EdwardsThe Chinese University of Hong Kong, HK
David JowittUniversity of Jos, NG
Keith LilleyQueen’s University Belfast, UK
Lisa LimThe University of Hong Kong, HK
Isabel MartinKarlsruhe University of Education, DE
Celeste Rodriguez LouroThe University of Western Australia, AU
Mario SaraceniUniversity of Portsmouth, UK
Jane SetterUniversity of Reading, UK
Salbrina SharbawiUniversiti Brunei Darussalam, BN
Devyani SharmaQueen Mary University of London, UK
Kate SpowageUniversity of Leeds, UK

Confirmed Workshops

Workshop leaderWorkshop title
Mark Carver
University of St Andrews, UK
“Navigating the Academic Job Market”
Caitlin Halfacre
Newcastle University, UK
“Introduction to the R programming language and data visualisation techniques”
Adam Mearns
Newcastle University, UK

With the DECTE team
“Exploiting DECTE with Concordancing and Tagging Software”
Sonya Mathews
Queen’s University Belfast, UK

With Jaleesa de Regt (Leiden/Newcastle)
ELAN Transcription, Coding and Relational Databases”
Chris Montgomery
Sheffield University, UK

With Michael Bonney (Newcastle)
“Mapping Linguistic and Non-Linguistic Data Using GIS
Paul Seedhouse
Newcastle University, UK
“Involving Communities Glocally: Giving all Languages and Cultures a Voice” at ilab:learn’s Digital Kitchens
Karen Wade
University College Dublin, IE

With the CORVIZ Team
“Social Network Analysis and the Visualization of Emigrant Correspondence Corpora”
William van der Wurff
Newcastle University, UK
“From Caxton to Heslop: Exploring Manuscripts in the Philip Robinson Library Special Collections Rooms”

Confirmed pop-up mentors

Pop-up mentor nameAffiliation
Carolina Amador-MorenoUniversity of Bergen, NO
Laurie BauerVictoria University of Wellington, NZ
Joan BealUniversity of Sheffield, UK
Kristin BechUniversity of Oslo, NO
Alfred BuregeyaUniversity of Nairobi, KE
Janice CarruthersQueen’s University Belfast, UK
Mark CarverUniversity of St Andrews, UK
Lynn ClarkUniversity of Canterbury, NZ
Aris M. ClemonsUniversity of Tennessee, Knoxville, US
David DeterdingUniversiti Brunei Darussalam, BN
Jette Hansen EdwardsThe Chinese University of Hong Kong, HK
Robert FuchsUniversity of Hamburg, DE
Sebastien HoffmanUniversität Trier, DE
Bernd KortmannUniversity of Freiburg, DE
María José López CousoUniversidade de Santiago de Compostela, ES
Joan RahillyQueen’s University Belfast, UK
Celeste Rodriguez LouroThe University of Western Australia, AU
Salbrina SharbawiUniversiti Brunei Darussalam, BN
Jeremy SmithUniversity of Glasgow, UK
Qi ZhangDublin City University, IE

Further details to follow.