Journal of English-Medium Instruction Special Issue 2024

Call for papers

English-medium instruction: Different stakeholders and conflicting interests.

Special issue, edited by René Gabriëls and Robert Wilkinson, Department of Philosophy, Maastricht University, Netherlands

Academic research has already devoted considerable attention to the growth of English-medium instruction (EMI). The worldwide increase in EMI programmes is an important indicator of Englishization processes. This JEMI special issue focuses on different stakeholders and conflicting interests. EMI programmes in higher education affect not only the interests of stakeholders within academia, but also beyond. The aim of this special issue is to draw attention not only to the consequences that EMI has for higher education but also to the impacts for other domains in society.

This JEMI special issue wishes to address how the conflicting interests among different stakeholders can be explained. Contributions are invited comprising research papers presenting theory-based empirical research on the issues mentioned. In this respect, contributions addressing the differences and similarities between communities in Asia, North America, Latin America, Africa, Australia and Europe are welcomed.

The editors invite papers that explore one or more of the questions below:

  • How can we conceive the relationship between different stakeholders and conflicting interests?
  • How can we explain the differences between stakeholders affected by EMI in higher education?
  • What is the impact of language policies with regard to the interests of various stakeholders?
  • What differences do humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and other disciplines pursue when it comes to EMI in higher education?
  • How is EMI perceived by the non-academic world (i.e., stakeholders in the sphere of business, the political sphere and the sphere of everyday life)?

All proposals need to have a manifest relevance for EMI.

The abstracts for a paper proposal must be submitted before July 12, 2022. Length: 500 words.

Submit to:


  • 12-7-2022: deadline paper proposal.
  • 1-11-2022: deadline first draft of the paper.
  • 1-4-2023: deadline second draft of the paper.
  • 1-8-2023: final deadline.
  • 2024 Publication