8th Internat'l Conf. on Lang & Devt, Tshwane/Pretoria, 2007/10/1-3

Tariq Rahman drt_rahman at yahoo.com
Fri Aug 17 04:44:51 UTC 2007

Dear Conference Organizers,
  I have written on language policy in Pakistan and the relationship between language and education as well as politics in Pakistan. My publications are on www.tariqrahman.net
  If you invite me paying for air fare from Islamabad (Pakistan) as well as board and lodging I can present a paper on 'Language Policy in Pakistan'.
  Thank you.
  Yours sincerely,
  Tariq Rahman

Don Osborn <dzo at bisharat.net> wrote:
                FYI (pardon the crossposts)

  08th international conference on language and development
  Date: 1 to 3 October 2007
  Venue: University of South Africa, Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa
  The aims are to:
  * Discuss and debate matters pertaining to language, education and development;
  * Identify key areas for collaborative projects and interventions;
  * Constitute core teams to pursue collaborative projects;
  * Develop joint working and funding proposals. 
  About the conference
  Language is knowledge. Language is power. Language is a key driver in development – in thesocial, cultural, educational and economic domains. Yet, despite international initiatives to address education, poverty, gender equality, disease, civil conflict and economic growth, millions of people across the globe are marginalized. They exist on the fringe of survival and are denied access to basic necessities which could obviate their suffering and bring new hope.
  What role does language play in development?
  What role can language play in addressing urgent global demands? How do we reconcile language development, the hegemony of English, the formation of national identities, demands for democratization and liberalization, and the recognition of individual and cultural rights in a global context? How can language practitioners, educationalists, development specialists and the like, from across the world, collaborate to make a tangible difference to increasing access to knowledge through the development of language?
  The University of South Africa – in association with the Trustees of the Language and Development Conference Series – invite applications from governments, academics, researchers, NGOs, and activists to participate in the 8th International Conference on Language and Development from 1 to 3 October 2007.
  This International Conference will take the following form:
  * Plenary presentations;
  * Individual papers addressing the key themes; 
  * Workshop sessions.

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