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Urban Multilingualism in the European Union

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Urban Multilingualism in the European Union

On the 4 April, the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts will host an event on multilingualism entitled "Urban Multilingualism in the European Union: Bridging the Gap between Language Policies and Language Practices". Registration closes on 4 March 2014.

 
Date:

4 April 2014

Location:

Brussels, Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts

Registration by:

4 March 2014

Background:

This invited symposium aims to connect scholars from different disciplines to discuss the relation, or the lack thereof, between language policies and actual language practices across the EU in different sectors of the public sphere (e.g. education, health, administration).

Against a background of increasing migration-related forms of multilingualism in European urban contexts, language policy represents a highly topical issue of great societal value.

Topics for Discussion:

The topics of discussion of the invited symposium span numerous research fields, including:

  • linguistics,
  • sociolinguistics,
  • education,
  • developmental linguistics,
  • language policy and planning,
  • cognitive linguistics,
  • language acquisition,
  • sociology.

The discussion will, specifically, focus on the interface between language policy, language planning, and actual practices in the current panorama of linguistic ‘super-diversity’ of the European Union.

In particular, the invited symposium will focus on the constraints that current policy instruments impose upon languages practices at national level (e.g. classroom practices), and on the possible changes that might be brought about in order to valorise multilingualism and promote immigrants’ social inclusion and linguistic diversity.

Additional Issues for Consideration:

The invited symposium will also serve as an arena to:

  • promote European cooperation in developing language policies
  • promote new and practice-led methods of language teaching in multilingual schools, with specific reference to classroom practices, tools and linguistic repertoires;
  • develop international collaborations by means of partnerships and the organization of future workshops, all leading to the enhancement of competence and expertise
  • raise awareness of European values and guiding principles, linguistic diversity being a key property of Europe’s identity and one of the founding principles of European integration.
Registration:

To register, please send an email to giuditta.caliendo@kvab.beby 4 March 2014.

 

Programme:

8.30-9.30

Registration

9.30

Official opening and welcome speeches - Marble Room

Morning session I - Marble Room

Discussant: Stef Slembrouck (Ghent University)

10.00-10.20

Suzanne Romaine (University of Oxford, Merton College)

Multilingual Europe- Language rich, policy poor?

10.20-10.40

Monica Barni (Foreigners University of Siena)

Language policies for migrants and language use. Tension between monolingual policies and plurilingual uses in actual individual competence.

10.40-11.00

Reinhilde Pulinx, Sven Sierens, Piet Van Avermaet (Ghent University)

Conflicts and contradictions in language policy and practice

11.00-11.30

Discussion

11.30-12.00

Coffee break (Trône Room)

Morning session II - Marble Room

Discussant: Giuditta Caliendo (University of Naples Federico II)

12.00-12.20

Rudi Janssens (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Language policies versus language practices: the new Brussels' language conflict?

12.20-12.40

Jürgen Jaspers (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

Brusseling language, bustling friction. Navigating linguistic anxieties and complexities

12.40-13.00

Discussion

13.00-14.30

Lunch break (Trône Room)

Afternoon Session I - Marble Room

Discussant: Rudi Janssens (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

14.30-14.50

Eizabeth Lanza (University of Oslo)

Urban multilingualism and family language policy

14.50-15.10

Kathelijne Jordens, Kris Van den Branden and Koen Van Gorp (Centre for Language and Education, KU Leuven)

Multilingual islands in a monolingual sea: a case study in and out the classroom

15.10-15.30

Discussion

15.30-16.00

Coffee break (Trône Room)

Afternoon Session II - Marble Room

Discussant: Piet van Avermaet (Ghent University)

16.00-16.20

Stef Slembrouck (Ghent University)

Language ideologies and the logic of scale: a cross- sectoral perspective on community interpreting in Flanders

16.20-16.40

Giuliana Garzone and Paola Catenaccio (University of Milan)

Language mediation in the educational system: the case of Italian schools

16.40-17.00

Suzanne Romaine (University of Oxford, Merton College), Gabriella Di Martino, Michela Cennamo, Giuditta Caliendo, Patrizia Giuliano (University of Naples Federico II)

Multilingualism in urban contexts in Southern Italy: a proposal for the "Centre for the Study of Multilingualism and Multiculturalism" of the University of Naples Federico II

17.00-17.30

Discussion

17.30-18.00

Conclusions