[lg policy] MIDPV 3rd International Symposium: Second Call

Chrismi Kotze KotzeCR at UFS.AC.ZA
Sun Jun 3 13:49:43 UTC 2012


Second call for papers: MIDPV 3rd International Symposium
 
Meertaligheid vir bemagtiging
Multilingualism for empowerment
University of the Free State, QwaQwa Campus, South Africa
11-14 September 2012
Theodorus du Plessis (University of the Free State, RSA), Victor Webb (University of Pretoria, RSA), Pol Cuvelier, (University of Antwerp, Belgium), Reinhild Vandekerckhove (University of Antwerp, Belgium), Michael Meeuwis (University of Ghent, Belgium)
The South African legislative framework for language provides for a mixed approach towards institutionalised multilingualism. It is becoming increasingly obvious that the required language legislation, policies and regulations are not efficiently implemented at grassroots level as English has become the de facto official and national language. Nevertheless, studies on language practices at grass-roots level in South Africa do point to bottom-up language policy-making initiatives that take cognisance of societal multilingualism and which benefit citizens. It is our contention that from a language interventionist perspective these bottom-up solutions are often not taken into account when top-down policies are formulated and approaches to language regulation are developed. It may be argued that a more coherent approach to institutionalised multilingualism will contribute to the empowerment of citizens at grassroots level and to the broadening of democracy. 
This symposium follows on the one held in Antwerp during 2009, "Multilingualism from below", of which the proceedings were published during 2010 as the 8th volume in the Van Schaik series, Studies in Language Policy in South Africa. The objective of the current symposium is to draw together scholars from different fields and countries that work in the broad area of language in South Africa or study multilingual policies and practices which fit the conference theme in other regions or countries. 
The QwaQwa campus in the rural Eastern Free State is situated close to the recently renovated Golden Gate Highlands National Park, the awe-inspiring Maluti mountain range and the picturesque town of Clarens. In addition to the breathtaking surrounding natural beauty, the campus played an important historical role in the area. It was established in 1980 under auspices of the University of the North as one of a few black universities and incorporated with the University of the Free State as satellite campus in 2003. Given its location, it plays an important role in providing higher education in the Eastern Free State and 4 260 students are currently enrolled there. An additional aim of this colloquium is to contribute to the development of a high quality academic environment in QwaQwa. 
Topics for the colloquium may be drawn from the following themes: 
Language access 
Language and service delivery 
Language in public administration 
Language in education 
Language services 
Language in the public space 
Language intervention 
Language litigation 
Language and identity
Language appropriation
A selection of the papers will be published as conference proceedings in the next volume of the Van Schaik publication series. 
The conference page will be available soon on www.ufs.ac.za/lmlp.
Please submit your abstracts (100-250 words, in English) to Ms Chrismi-Rinda Kotze at kotzecr at ufs.ac.za by June 22nd, 2012.

Chrismi-Rinda Kotze
Assistant Researcher: Language Management and Language Practice
Assistent Navorser: Taalbestuur en Taalpraktyk
PO Box / Posbus 339, Bloemfontein 9300, Republic of South Africa / Republiek van Suid-Afrika
 051 401 2476
 KotzeCR at ufs.ac.za
www.ufs.ac.za
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