We are happy to announce that Third International ULEAD Conference on Research in Applied Linguistics - ICRAL 2019, hosted by Selçuk University, will be held at Süleyman Demirel Culture Center, on October 24-26, 2019 in Konya.
Our theme- “Ending Paradigm Wars in Applied Linguistics Research – takes as its premise that applied linguistics underpins a vast range of disciplines, and we intend the 2019 meeting to encourage exploration of the role that applied linguistics plays in many walks of life. We hope the conference theme will encourage proposals from a wide range of disciplines and that this in turn will encourage cross-disciplinary dissemination of ideas and research.
Our Local Organising Committee is drawn from different faculties and departments across the university – the Faculty of Education and Foreign Language Education Department and the Department of Early Childhood, and Educational Sciences, the School of Foreign Languages, Information and Communications within the Faculty of Letters, the Department of Linguistics, Department of Interpretation and Translation, the Department of American and British Literature and Culture.
Konya, where ICRAL 2019 conference will take place, is a city identified with the world famous philosopher Mevlana, İt is one of the first inhabited cities in the history of mankind, and still contains traces of many ancient civilisations which gives it the atmosphere of a museum city. Because of its locations in the middle of the barren Anatolian steppe, it used to be one of the most important trading centres on the Silk Road. Steeped in tradition, it is one of the most conservative and religious places in the country and best known as the adopted home of Celaleddin Rumi, the Sufic mystic who founded the Whirling Dervish sect. Today it is still a centre of Sufic practice and teaching, and one of the highlights for visitors is the Mevlana Museum, the former lodge of the dervishes. Although Konya is one of the world's most ancient cities, it is most famous as the capital of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum from 1097 to 1243, when the city acquired most of the monuments of interest to the visitor. In addition to royal foundations of the Seljuks, Konya also attracted at this time the famous Islamic poet and philosopher Jalal al-din Rumi (1207-1273), the founder of the Mevlevi Sufi Order. After the fall of the Seljuk Sultanate, Konya continued to receive adornments from the rulers of near-by Karaman until the entire area was conquered by the Ottomans in 1468. Following the Ottoman conquest, Konya became a provincial capital and most of the Ottoman architecture in Konya consists of buildings originally dating from Seljuk or Karamanid times which were later rebuilt by the Ottomans.