[lg policy] call: MERIDIUM International Conference

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
Sun Sep 25 16:04:18 UTC 2011

MERIDIUM International Conference
Short Title: MERIDIUM

Date: 23-Nov-2011 - 25-Nov-2011
Location: Perugia, Italy
Contact Person: Valentina Seri
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://meridium.unistrapg.it/?q=en

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 19-Oct-2011

Meeting Description:

At the end of MERIDIUM (Multilingualism in Europe as a Resource for
Immigration Dialogue Initiative among the Universities of the
Mediterranean), the European research project on multilingualism in Europe,
the MERIDIUM International Conference will be held at the University for
Foreigners of Perugia, from 23rd to 25th November 2011.

The Conference will focus on the discussion of the MERIDIUM project results,
achieved by 7 research teams from 6 countries of southern Europe, that have
gathered qualitative and quantitative data on national and local language
policies supporting linguistic diversity and on perceptions and social
attitudes related to multilingualism. A special attention has been paid to
‘new linguistic minorities’ connected to recent and still ongoing migration
flows in the area. The field research - which is the heart of the project -
involved a total of over 3800 subjects, among pupils and parents of the
fifth grade in 70 primary schools.

In addition to MERIDIUM research groups, many invited speakers will take
part in the Conference, from both academic world and European institutions,
in order to discuss a wide range of issues related to multilingual
societies. A poster session will be dedicated to ongoing researches and

Call for Posters:

The conference includes a poster session for sharing ongoing research on the
conference issues.

Posters may address the following issues:

- Linguistic plurality in European countries: descriptive or comparative
analyses on linguistic policies in European countries in relation to
official, national, regional and minority languages or in relation to
knowledge of other European languages as foreign languages; case-studies on
projects and strategies devoted to promotion of multilingualism at the local
or national level.

- The impact of migration flows: descriptive or comparative analyses on
linguistic integration or linguistic practices of immigrant communities in
workplaces or schools; case-studies on ethnic languages promotion and their
impact on perception of multilingualism by immigrant and local communities.

- Traditional models and new perspectives on linguistic diversity and
integration in Europe: analyses of traditional models of linguistic
integration and new perspectives towards social and educational paradigms
promoting inclusion and pluralism.

Posters may deal with:

- Research in the field
- Best practices and national or European projects

Selected posters will be published on MERIDIUM website.

Authors should submit the following information to meridiumunistrapg.it, by
October 19th, 2011:

- Personal data:
- Name
- Institution
- Title of the poster
- Contacts (e-mail, telephone, fax)
- An attachment containing (please do not specify your personal data in the

Title of the poster (IT/ENG)
A 250-word abstract (IT/ENG)

Those who intend to take part in the poster session have to fill in the
registration form and tick on poster session.

Posters will be selected by the Scientific Committee (Collegamento
ipertestuale) of the conference. Applicants will be notified of the outcome
of the selection via email by October 31st, 2011.

Poster Size:

Posters must be a maximum 80 cm wide x 100 cm high.



 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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