Call for Proposals for Special Issue: The Emotional Landscape of Applied Linguistics in Digital Spaces: Theories, Research, and Praxis



The Emotional Landscape of Applied Linguistics in Digital Spaces: Theories, Research, and Praxis

Guest Editors:

Luis Javier Pentón Herrera, Mohammad Nabi Karimi, and Behzad Mansouri


The ascendance of digital platforms in applied linguistics has not only transformed learning dynamics but also deeply intertwined emotional elements with digital interfaces. As applied linguistics evolves to embrace online modalities—from language apps to virtual classrooms—it is imperative to deeply understand the affective dimensions of these spaces. Building upon the ‘affective turn’ highlighted by scholars like Pavlenko (2013), there emerges a crucial need to explore emotional constructs within digital realms of applied linguistics. While significant research has explored the emotional intricacies of language teaching and learning in physical spaces (e.g., Benesch, 2017; Gkonou et al., 2020; Martínez Agudo, 2018; Pentón Herrera & Martínez-Alba, 2022), the novel emotional terrains presented by digital platforms are relatively uncharted. This growing significance of virtual environments underscores the urgency to navigate these new emotional landscapes, which profoundly impact both the pedagogical practices and the theoretical foundations of applied linguistics.

This special issue aspires to bridge this gap, offering a dedicated platform for researchers and practitioners to delve into the intersection of emotions in digital spaces within applied linguistics. Our goal is to bring forth contributions that precisely concentrate on this digital-emotional nexus, shedding light on how emotions are elicited, processed, and expressed in the context of online language education.

Potential Areas of Exploration:

Innovations in Theory:
• Emotions, digital identity, and online linguistic interactions.
• Affective implications of AI and machine learning in applied linguistics.
• Socio-cognitive and ecological views on emotions in digital language settings.
Innovations in Research:
• Pioneering methodologies like sentiment analysis and digital ethnographies for capturing
emotions in applied linguistic studies.
• Longitudinal assessments of emotional journeys within online linguistic courses.
• Emotion evaluations in diverse digital applied linguistics platforms.
Innovations in Praxis:
• Strategies for fostering emotionally resilient online linguistic communities.
• Incorporating emotional intelligence in the design of digital linguistic tools.


  1. Open “Call for Proposals”: From June 1st to August 30th, 2024
  2. Due date Submission of proposals: August 30th, 2024
    Information required in the proposals: Full names, emails, short bio (100 words or less), 300-word proposal (not including the references or title), and type of manuscript (empirical, theoretical, etc.)
  3. Notification of accepted proposals: September 15th, 2024
  4. Submission of full manuscripts for peer review: December 31, 2024
  5. Ongoing peer review: January 2025 to June 2025
  6. Estimated publication date: July 2025 (Continuous online publication*)

Proposal Submission Information:

Potential contributors are invited to send their proposals to the editors at:,, and

The proposal should consist of:

  • Contributors’ full name, emails, affiliations, and short bios (50 words max.)
  • Type of contribution: Regular articles or Academic discussions (see AJAL for more details)
  • 200-to-300-word proposal (including references)

* In the continuous online publication model, accepted manuscripts will be published as soon as production is completed.