Only a short time ago, the world seemed to be disconnected, but in some ways, became more connected as a community. Looking back, it is obvious that the work of applied linguistics played a crucial role. The reporting of events, timely collection of information which then needed to be quickly disseminated, sharing stories, learning from each other through actions and modified behaviour. There has never been a more important time in recent history where the work of applied linguistics played a crucial role. The valuable contributions of our field were present in learning, living, binding, healing and seeking justice. So, it is about time that we acknowledge the key role applied linguistics plays in our society, locally and globally, in all its many forms. It is time to celebrate the resilience, creativity, and innovation that is at the heart of our field.
Join us at the University of Wollongong to share and celebrate applied linguistics in our lives from 19-21 November 2023.