DIVERSITY in the Digital Foreign Language Classroom (DDFLC)

International Conference March 30-31, 2023


About  the Conference

We are delighted to announce our conference on “Diversity in the Digital Foreign Language Classroom (DDFLC)” to be held on March 30-31, 2023. 

Conveners / Conference committee

This conference forms part of the joint project “Lehrerbildung PLUS: Heterogenität und Digitalisierung” (Heterogeneity and Digitalisation) between Ludwigsburg University of Education and Stuttgart University and is convened by Prof. Dr. Jörg-U. Keßler, Richard Powers, Prof. Dr. Marc Priewe, Dr. Saskia Schabio, and Prof. Dr. Götz Schwab.

Vision and Background

This joint project aims at disseminating and expanding digital teaching and research on diversity. Our mission is to improve digitalisation skills and diversity awareness for future English teachers during their BA and Masters studies.

The conference is hosted by the Professional  School of Education Stuttgart-Ludwigsburg (PSE) in cooperation with the English Institute, Pädagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg (University of Education) and the Department of American Literature and Culture, Stuttgart University. The PSE was founded and established in 2016 as part of the joint project Lehrerbildung PLUS, bringing together five teacher-training institutes: the Ludwigsburg University of Education, Stuttgart University, the University of Hohenheim, the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart, and the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart. In this consortium, teacher training competences for education, pedagogy, and specific disciplines for middle and high school future teachers’ careers are brought together and developed.

Conference Theme

Our conference addresses the challenges of digitalisation and diversity faced in foreign language classrooms. We provide the opportunity for researchers and practitioners to present their latest work. Our aim is to explore avenues for future teaching. While there is a wide array of research on e-learning and diversity, the particular implications for teaching in diverse spaces, e.g. foreign language classroom contexts, have yet to be explored. This conference aims at making a significant contribution to closing this gap by bringing together a broad array of disciplinary and interdisciplinary experts and approaches.

In response to the challenges of digitalisation and diversity, we place a dual focus on exploring the benefits of digital teaching in delineating and advancing diversity both as a concept and a method in the foreign language classroom.

Main Questions:
  • What are the theoretical foundations on which digital teaching and e-learning are
    built? How do these affect foreign language classroom contexts?
  • How does digitalisation affect or enhance research on and conceptualisations of
    diversity across the fields of linguistics, literary and cultural studies? What are
    didactic implications within the foreign language classroom context?
  • How do e-learning concepts support foreign language teachers in handling
    heterogeneous learner groups in classrooms or responding to the particular abilities
    and needs of learners?

We invite applications from scholars of all disciplines related to Foreign Language Teaching, with an emphasis on English and American Studies. For more information, please see our CFP (below). 

We are looking forward to a vibrant and engaging conference! 

Plenaries and Keynotes

Please note: More information on plenaries, keynotes, and programme will be forthcoming closer to the conference.

Conference Venue

Our conference venue is located at the University of Education Ludwigsburg, Reuteallee 46, 71634 Ludwigsburg, close to the baroque Ludwigsburg Residential Palace, the Museum of Modern Literature Marbach, and the vibrant city of Stuttgart. Seeschloss Monrepos and Favoritepark are in walking distance, the Residential Palace and Stuttgart S-Bahn Station, too.  We look forward to extending a warm welcome to our participants at the Literaturcafé, Building 1. (University of Education Ludwigsburg) 


For hotels please see the selection provided by the Tourist Information Ludwigsburg. For participants a number of rooms have been reserved in Ludwigsburg at the following hotels: The Best Western Hotel and Hotel Bergamo (reservation deadline March 1, 2023). To make a reservation please contact the hotel directly and reference the conference DDFLC, Stuttgart -Ludwigsburg.

Abstract submission

To submit your proposal please visit our eveeno-page (below). In addition, please send your abstract to DiverseDigital@pse-stuttgart-ludwigsburg.de.


This conference is free of charge, however, a voucher for finger food and beverage has to be purchased.

Regular: 40,00 € / Student: 10,00 €

Please register through eveeno (see button below).

Please note: Online registration will open on Saturday, December 10, 2022 and close by Wednesday, March 1, 2023.


  • Abstract paper submission:  Friday, September 30, 2022
  • Acceptance confirmation:     Tuesday, November 15, 2022
  • Online registration:               Saturday, December 10, 2022
  • Paper submission:                Monday, May 1, 2023

Contact Conveners

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Saskia Schabio

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