[lg policy] Mini-symposium: What future for multilingualism in Europe?

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 24 16:55:19 UTC 2014


 Forwarded From: Nuria Garcia <nuria.garcia.cee at gmail.com>
To: lgpolicy-list at groups.sas.upenn.edu

>>From Nuria Garcia, CEE, Sciencs Po.
nuria.garcia at sciencespo.fr


22nd International conference of Europeanists

Paris, France – July 8-10, 2015

Organized by the Council for European Studies, to be held at Sciences Po,
Paris.

Conference theme: Contradictions: Envisioning European Futures



Mini-symposium: What future for multilingualism in Europe?

Organizers:

Prof. Astrid von Busekist, CERI, Sciences Po.

astrid.vonbusekist at sciencespo.fr

Nuria Garcia, CEE, Sciences Po.

nuria.garcia at sciencespo.fr



Abstract

Since the beginning of the European integration process, the principle of a
multilingual language regime for the European community has been enacted by
the different member states. In 1958, the European Economic Community
adopted a regulation making Dutch, French, German and Italian its official
languages. Over the last decades, the subsequent enlargements have led to
increase the number of official languages to 24 in order to allow for the
EU to communicate directly with its citizens in their own language. Despite
the repeatedly renewed commitment to multilingualism expressed by the
different European institutions, the increase of the number of official
languages has led to strengthen the position of English not only as working
language inside the institutions, but also as lingua franca allowing
communication between the citizens of the different member states.

In the eye of this evolution, our panels seek to address the question of
the future for multilingualism in the EU. Bringing together perspectives
from different subfields of political science, such as political sociology,
public policy analysis, political economy and political theory,
presentations will investigate and sketch out the conditions of possibility
of maintaining a multilingual language regime in the EU: What implications
does the commitment to multilingualism entail on the level of different
policy sectors, such as translation and language education, and in terms of
costs? To what extent does the choice of a multilingual language regime
benefit from support by the citizens of the EU and the different political
elites? Panels will more largely seek to organize a lively debate between
defenders of multilingualism and supporters of an “English only”– by fact
or by choice – language regime.



Deadline

For all paper proposals, the title of the paper and an abstract (250 words
max.) should be submitted to the organizers by October 7th 2014.



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