WORLD CONGRESS ON LANGUAGE POLICIES

Marc Leprêtre mlepretre at retemail.es
Tue Feb 5 19:05:06 UTC 2002


LINGUAPAX
           
           
             
           
     
         
     WORLD CONGRESS ON LANGUAGE POLICIES 
      Barcelona, April 16-20, 2002

      Presentation

      Since the begining of the 90s, the political, economic and technological changes have raised the need to start a deep process of thought about how to face these changes as far as the fast spreading of new technologies, and the processes of globalization in the economic, cultural and social spheres have a strong and intense influence on languages, no matter their demographic strength or their official status. And these processes can be a threat to linguistic diversity as a fundamental part of the World's heritage. Within this context, a series of tendencies, extralinguistic factors and needs have a direct impact on languages, especially on the so-called minority languages and on small and medium-sized languages:

      1. In many cases, experience shows how civil society and civic organizations can push official authorities to a more positive attitude towards minority languages;

      2. The main challenges faced by minority languages are to be found in the impact of new technologies in the globalization process;

      3. There is a need for new methodological and pedagogical approaches to the teaching and learning of minority languages;

      4. Language exercises a powerful symbolic attraction as a tool to build up collective and individual identities;

      5. The schooling system can discriminate against minority languages pupils under the cover of laws that, at first glance, seem to support and promote the learning process of these pupils;

      6. Most of the time, gaps are to be found between law and its practice; and

      7. NGOs, civic organizations, and other representatives of minority language groups are often more effective and fast moving than official authorities.

      Therefore, minority language issues should be linked to highly relevant matters such as:

      a) The strengthening of democracy
      b) The increasing involvement of civil society 
      c) The recognition of linguistic rights as human rights 
      d) The improving of living conditions 
      e) The access to the labour market
      f) The economic value-added of a language




      Main topics to be discussed

      The Institute LINGUAPAX, with the support of the Directorate General for Language Policy of the Government of Catalonia, therefore invites researchers, social actors and activists, politicians, lawyers and all those persons involved in the promotion of languages to take part in this World Congress, whose sessions will deal with the following topics:

      1. Language laws and other legal instruments as tools for the promotion of languages: design, implementation, evaluation and follow-up;

      2. The management of linguistic diversity in large urban centres in order to ensure the maintenance of this diversity and to prevent tensions and conflicts related to the use of diffferent languages, and at the same time to ensure that the gradual integration of the host society will be carried out through the medium of the autochtonous language(s) of this society;

      3. The study of concrete models and experiences in the field of language policy and their evaluation according to cost-effectiveness criteria in order to ensure a positive output of the invested human, technical and economic resources;

      4. The effective participation of civil society (civic organizations, NGOs, etc.) in the design, implementation and follow-up of language policies; and

      5. The challenge of new technologies and the production of linguistic resources to promote language diversity and the culture of peace. 

      There will also be complementary activities as exhibitions of materials: posters, grammars, dictionaries, didactic tools, multimedia demos, sociolinguistic resources available on the Internet, etc. 

      Structure of the Congress

      The sessions of the Congress will be structured around six main keynote addresses and five concurrent workshops. Two 30 minutes papers will be delivered for each workshop by relevant scholars in order to focus and stimulate further debate and discussion. People registered for the Congress will receive these papers one month before the celebration of the Congress. The working languages will be English, French, Catalan and Spanish.

      Detailed structure of the Congress.

      Keynote addresses

        a.. Dr. E. Annamalai (Former Director of the Central Institute of Indian Languages) Language policy in multilingual societies.


        b.. Dr. L. Khubchandani (Director of the Center for Communication Studies, India) Demographic imperatives in language planning.


        c.. Dr. Tove Skutnabb-Kangas (Roskilde University, Denmark) Language Policies and Education


        d.. Dr. Peter Mühlhäusler (University of Adelaide, Australia) Theoretical approaches to language policies


        e.. Dr. E. Nolue Emenanjo (National Institute for Nigerian Languages) Language Policy and Cultural Identities


        f.. Representative of the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organisation
      Concurrent workshops

      Workshop 1: Language laws and their implementation. Language laws and other legal documents as tools for the promotion of languages: drafting, implementation and follow-up.

      Introductory addresses by: Jean-Claude Corbeil (Former Secretary of the Commission of the estates-General on the State and the Future of the French Language in Quebec); Virginia Unamuno (coordinator of the Mercator Program on Linguistic Rights and Legislation)

      Workshop 2: The management of linguistic diversity in large cities. Managing linguistic diversity in large urban centers to ensure the preservation of diversity and prevent linguistic tensions and conflicts.

      Introductory addresses by: Joan Rubin (independent consultant and researcher); Ignace Sanwidi (expert in education and in the culture of peace, Ouagadougou, Burkina)

      Workshop 3: Models of language policies: case studies. The study of concrete models and successful experiences in the field of language policy. Their evaluation according to cost-effectiveness criteria.

      Introductory addresses by: Guy Dumas (Associate deputy minister responsible for the application of language policies in Quebec); Vida Mikhalchenko (Institute of Linguistic Studies, Russian Acdemy of Sciences); Vic Webb (Center for Research in the Politics of Language, University of Pretoria).

      Workshop 4: The role of civil society in language policy processes. The effective participation of civil society (civic organisations, NGOs, etc.) in the design, implementation and follow-up of language policies.

      Introductory addresses by: Bojan Brezigar (President of the European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages-EBLUL); Denis Cunningham (President of the International Federation of Modern Languages Teachers-FIPLV); Alie van der Schaaf (Mercator Education, Frisian Academy);

      Workshop 5: New information technologies and small and medium-sized languages. The challenge of new technologies and the production of linguistic resources to promote language diversity and the culture of peace.
      Introductory addresses by: Joan Martí Castells (UNESCO Linguapax Chair at the Institute of Catalan Studies;Victor Montviloff (Information Society Division, UNESCO); Raymond Renard (UNESCO Chair in Linguistic Planning and Didactic of Languages at the University of Mons, Belgium).

      The Congress will take place in the World Trade Center of Barcelona situated in the Old Harbor (Port Vell-Moll de Barcelona) of the city . For more information please visit the web site www.wtcbarcelona.com

      Call for papers

      Papers for the Congress should be submitted to the Linguapax Institute (info at linguapax.org) before February 15, indicating the workshop in which they should be presented. Papers must be four pages (A4) long maximum, single-space, 12 point, headed by title, author(s), and affiliation.
      The Scientific Committe of the Congress will review all the papers and will select those to be presented at the workshops.



      Scientific Committee

      Mr. Bojan Brezigar (President of the EBLUL)
      Dr. Denis Cunningham (President of FIPLV)
      Dr. Lachman M. Khubchandani (Director of the Centre for Communication Studies, India)
      Mr. Fèlix Martí (President of the Institute LINGUAPAX

      Mr. Bartumeu Melià (Researcher)

      Dr. Mohamed Miled (Director of the Institut Supérieur des Langues de Tunis)
      Dr. Irmela Neu (Fachhochschule München)
      Mr. Joseph Poth (Former director of the Languages Division of UNESCO)
      Mr. Raymond Renard (Coordinator of the UNESCO Chair in Linguistic Planning and Didactic of Languages at the University of Mons, Belgium)

      Dr. Joan Rubin (Independent consultant and researcher)
      Dr. Ignace Sanwidi (Director of the UNESCO Centre in Dakar)

      Registration fees

      The registration fees to the Congress are 20.000 PTA. (120 euros) and 15.000 (90 euros) for students if the payment is made before January 31, 2002.

      After this date and up to 31 March, 2002 (closing deadline) the registration fees will be 180 euros and 150 euros for students.

      The organizers will provide to participants:

      · Full access to sessions 
      · Documents (folder, CD with abstracts and full texts of keynotes and papers)
      · Cultural and leisure activities
      · Welcome dinner and farewell lunch.

      Cancellation

      Cancellations must be made in writing to the Linguapax Institute (Mallorca, 285 Barcelona 08037 Spain FAX: (+34) 93 457 58 51). If received by March 31, 2002, the fee will be refunded after a deduction of 40 euros, to cover administration expenses. After this date no refund can be made.

      Travel and accomodation

      For those who wish it, the travel agency Viajes Maya can organize your trip and accomodation. Please mention the name of the Congress as a reference when contacting the travel agency.
      Person to contact: Mr. Joan Montalt 
      maya at grupogea.com
      FAX: +34 93 212 89 85 


      For more information about the city of Barcelona, please check the web site www.barcelonaturisme.com 



              WORLD CONGRESS ON LANGUAGE POLICIES 
              (Barcelona, 16 - 20 April 2002)
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              d.. Address: Diagonal, 355 Barcelona 08037, Spain 
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