2018 HCALM International Conference

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Language and Health - Ethical and Policy Issues (with a Special Focus on Measurement and Measurability)

September 6-7, 2018

Hôtel de l'ITHQ

For almost a decade Health Canada has been funding important and innovative research on linguistic issues in healthcare provision, through HCALM (Health Care Access for Linguistic Minorities) Network – an interdisciplinary and interinstitutional community of researchers. The project comprises the research capacity of the larger Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project (TRHP), based at the Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University.

The HCALM network will hold its 2018 annual conference on the topic of ‘language and health – ethical and policy issues’ in September 6-7. Language and health are interrelated in myriad ways, ranging from issues of physical and mental healthcare provision in multilingual societies, to health literacy and communication among patients, practitioners and policymakers, and to discourses of health and wellbeing. In accordance with the strong interdisciplinary nature of HCALM’s community of researchers, the conference brings together theories, frameworks, concepts and methods from a broad range of disciplines in the medical sciences, social sciences and the humanities. Similarly, it addresses the significant ethical and policy issues at the interface of public health and language (including sign language) policy, broadly interpreted. The conference this year will focus in particular on questions related to issues of measurement and measurability in language and health research.


Plenary speakers:

  • Eran Tal (philosophy, McGill)
  • Mark Fettes (Education, Simon Fraser)



Please click here for the program and plenary summaries.



The conference is now fully booked, but it may still be possible to register if there are any cancellations. For more details, please contact the organizers :Daniel Weinstock (daniel.weinstock2 [at] mcgill.ca) and Yael Peled (yael.peled [at] mcgill.ca)



A limited number of rooms has been reserved for participants at the conference hotel (Hôtel de l'Institut) located at the conference venue. The rooms are available at a preferred rate for the dates September 5-9 (four nights). Please note that the rate is only valid until August 5th. The rate (per night, pre-tax) is as follows:

  • Standard rooms: single occupancy $148; double occupancy $168.
  • Each additional person: $25.

To book your accommodation, please contact the hotel directly at either 1-855-229-8189 (toll-free) or 514-282-5120 (local number) with the promo code MCGILL0509. If you experience any difficulties with the booking, please contact the hotel at hotel [at] ithq.qc.ca to seek further assistance, and include the promo code in your message.


Further details:

Please direct any queries related to the conference to the organizers Daniel Weinstock (daniel.weinstock2 [at] mcgill.ca) and Yael Peled (yael.peled [at] mcgill.ca).  



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