Call for Expressions of Interest in Hosting the AILC-ICLA Congress 2028

If your university or National Association may be interested in hosting the AILC/ICLA Congress in 2028, please take a look at the information in our Congress Hosting Guide (downloadable at: hosting/).

Statements of interest stating the name of your university or academic institution (or consortium of universities / institutions), the proposed site of the congress, and a brief proposal should be sent to both Secretaries, Anne Duprat ( and Ipshita Chanda ( by 1 September 2024.

Expressions of Interest (EoI) should normally include the proposed title and a brief thematic outline; the proposed dates of the Congress; estimated congress fees; and as much detail as is possible on the proposed location, venue, facilities, accommodation, local transportation, transfer from the nearest international airport, visa requirements, and possible health and safety hazards.

The deadline for formal bids is expected to be in late February 2025. Between the EoI and the formal bid, AILC/ICLA officers will be happy to help develop, improve and refine the bid.

AILC/ICLA Congresses are held every three years. The next Congress will be in 2025 in Seoul, South Korea. A list of past Congresses can be found here:

The Congress normally takes place in late July or August and, as a general rule, lasts up to seven days. Depending on years, congresses have attracted between around 1000 and 2000 delegates from all over the world. The AILC-ICLA is committed to inclusivity and the support of junior scholars alongside established ones. Official languages for the Congress, including all published information and website, are French, English and the local language(s).

Given the complexity of organising such a large event, we wish to enable extensive lead time for the organisation. We would like to dialogue with potential hosts, sharing with them our Congress Hosting Guide, and we aim to select the location for 2028 at the 2025 Congress, when the General Assembly of members can approve the choice, or choose through a vote if there are multiple proposals. A Memorandum of Understanding will be then agreed and signed by both parties.

The ICLA offers a contribution of $10,000 towards the costs of organising the Congress. Delegates’ fees and sponsorships will cover the rest of the expenses.

For further information or if you have any questions, please contact the Secretaries, Anne Duprat (anne.duprat@u- and Ipshita Chanda (

We look forward to receiving your proposals and questions! 

Deadline: 1 September 2024.