[lg policy] Workshop: Language Ethics as a Field of Inquiry

Ellen_Cray ellen_cray at CARLETON.CA
Wed Sep 7 17:27:00 UTC 2011

I plan to attend this workshop

Ellen Cray
Associate Professor
School of Linguistics and Language Studies
Carleton University
Ottawa On K1N8E2
613.520.2600 x 2806

From: lgpolicy-list-bounces+ellen_cray=carleton.ca at groups.sas.upenn.edu [lgpolicy-list-bounces+ellen_cray=carleton.ca at groups.sas.upenn.edu] On Behalf Of Yael Peled [yael.a.peled at gmail.com]
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Subject: [lg policy] Workshop: Language Ethics as a Field of Inquiry

International workshop: Language Ethics as a Field of Inquiry
November 11-12, 2011
ITHQ (3535 St. Denis), Montreal

Convenors: Daniel Weinstock and Yael Peled

The workshop “Language Ethics as a Field of Inquiry” is an innovative and a first-of-its-kind attempt to identify, conceptualise and explore the social and political ethics of human language as a distinct field of intellectual inquiry, similarly to other distinct domains of ethics such as the ethics of war, bioethics, business ethics and environmental ethics.
The workshop brings together diverse scholarly perspectives from leading experts in politics, philosophy, linguistics, history and economics, in order to explore language ethics in a strong transdisciplinary environment. It therefore sets out to identify the ways in which the intrinsic plurality and complexity of this emerging field of inquiry may be approached, defined and studied in a systematic and dedicated manner.

Friday November 11
9:00            Greetings and Opening Remarks

Session I: Language Ethics - Definitions, Contexts and Approaches
9:30            Dan Avnon (Political Science, Hebrew University)
What is (or ‘are’) Language Ethics?
10:15             Arash Abizadeh (Political Science, McGill)
Words versus the Public Thing: Verbal Threats to the Rousseauist Republic
11:00            Break
11:15             Luisa Maffi (Terralingua)
Earth of Languages, Languages of the Earth: Towards a Biocultural Ethics for the World’s Languages
12.00             Lunch

Session II: The Normative Theorising of Language Policy
13:00           Idil Boran (Philosophy, York)
Language, Institutions and Political Theory
13:45             Jacob T. Levy (Political Science, McGill)
The Language of Manners and the Manners of Language
14:30             Break

Session III: Linguistic Justice
15:00            Alan Patten (Political Science, Princeton)
Language Preservation, Fairness and Language Rights
15:45             Helder de Schutter (Political and Social Theory, Leuven)
Intralinguistic Justice

Saturday November 12
Session IV: Global Linguistic Justice
9:30            Suzanne Romaine (English, Oxford)
Towards Sustainable and Equitable Human Development: Why Language Matters
10:15             Daniel Weinstock (Philosophy, Montreal)
Is Language Death Necessarily Unjust? Three Arguments
11:00             Break
11:15             Tom Ricento (Education, Calgary)
Language Policy, Political Theory and English as a ‘Global’ Language
12:00             Lunch

Session V: The Economics of Linguistic Diversity
13:00            David Robichaud (Philosophy, Ottawa)
Language Rights and the Costs of Language Diversity
13:45             Francois Grin (Economics, Geneva)
Is “Diversity” an Operational Concept for Language Policy?
14:30             Break

Session VI: Language Ethics as a Field of Inquiry
15:00            General Discussion
16:30            Conclusion

Participation and registration:
Registration is free of charge but is essential, since the number of available places is limited. To register, please send a message expressing your interest to yael.a.peled at gmail.com<mailto:yael.a.peled at gmail.com>. For directions and map of the workshop venue see http://www.ithq.qc.ca/en/hotel/pour-nous-joindre.php.


Yael Peled

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Inter-University Research Group in Political Philosophy
Centre for Research on Ethics (CREUM)
University of Montreal
2910 Edouard Montpetit, #308
Montréal, Québec
H3C 3J7 Canada

Tel.: +1 514-343-6111, #1354
Fax: +1 514-343-7899


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