Turku, Finland

International Language Week

when 18 November 2024 - 22 November 2024
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 250

The ninth edition of the International Language Week will be held between 18 and 22 November, 2024, at Turku University of Applied Sciences in Turku, Finland. It is being organised by Turku UAS in cooperation with the Language Centre and the Institute for Intercultural Communication of Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany (co-hosts).

Due to its history, Turku (or Åbo as it is called in Swedish) is a bilingual city with most inhabitants speaking Finnish as their mother tongue and roughly five percent of the city’s population speaking Swedish, making it a natural venue for an international week on multilingualism as well as DEIB.

“Bridging Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) through Multilingualism and Cultural Understanding”

This year’s theme will be exploring the intersections of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) with the rich tapestry of languages and cultures. This event aims to delve into the ways in which language and cultural understanding can foster inclusivity, dismantle barriers, and promote a more equitable society.

Course leader

Marjatta Rännäli, Mervi Varhelahti, Renate Link

Target group

We encourage proposals by lecturers, researchers, trainers, scholars, and undergraduate as well as graduate students that present innovative ideas, empirical research, case studies, and practical strategies contributing to the ongoing dialogue on fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion through a lens of languages and cultures. Join us in creating a platform for collaboration and knowledge exchange that will inspire positive change in our global community. Be a part of this transformative conversation and submit your proposals!

Course aim

We welcome papers on topics including, but by no means limited to:

DEIB initiatives within multilingual workplaces (e.g. in multicultural project teams)
Linguistic diversity as a cornerstone of inclusive environments
Culturally responsive practices in language education
The impact of language on social justice and equity (e.g. integration of immigrants)
Addressing biases and stereotypes through intercultural communication
Indigenous languages and the preservation of cultural heritage
Intersectionality: Examining the interplay of language, culture, and multiple identities
Technology and its role in promoting DEIB in language education access
Linguistic and cultural perspectives on inclusive storytelling and media representation
Case studies and best practices in DEIB implementation within linguistically diverse communities

If you wish to enrich the ILW 2024 with innovative ideas regarding the above topics, we kindly invite you to participate in joint sessions, as well as to give presentations, conduct workshops, or hold poster sessions.


Submit proposals/unpublished abstracts (max 300 words) in conference languages (Finnish, Swedish, German, English) ilwturku@turkuamk.fi by May 31, 2024.
Include title, author(s), short bio(s) (max 100 words), affiliation, address, and one mailing address (corresponding author).
Tell us the type: presentation, workshop, or poster session.
Abstracts should contain at least four keywords.

Credits info

Participants from Europe can be funded within the framework of ERASMUS+ through both teaching mobility (STA) and staff mobility (STT) or a combination of both. Please contact your International Office for advice on ERASMUS+ funding.

Fee info

EUR 250: Participants without contributions
EUR 225: Participants with accepted presentations


Students and doctoral candidates: Free participation in the programme at the Kupittaa campus (three days)