Workshop – Language Policy and Planning in Multilingual Organisations: Exploring Language Regimes – 3 July 2017

This is to let you know that there are still some places available for the Workshop “Language Policy and Planning in Multilingual Organisations: Exploring Language Regimes” (London, 3th July). The deadline to book a place is the 26th June 2017.

Language Policy and Planning in Multilingual Organisations: Exploring Language Regimes

Starts 03 July 2017 – 10:00
Finishes 03 July 2017 – 17:00
Venue Birkbeck University of London, WC1E 7HX. Room B36, Malet Street main building. Torrington Square entrance.

Hosted by: Dr Lisa McEntee-Atalianis (Birkbeck) & Dr Michele Gazzola (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Event description

The Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication, Birkbeck, University of London and the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities

Whilst there is still comparatively limited research on LPP in organisations, studies on supranational organisations (e.g. the EU and UN) and public administration of multilingual states (e.g. Canada, Switzerland, Belgium) have shown that they experience great difficulties in implementing and sustaining multilingual provision. This can lead to marked inefficiencies and inequities for those functioning within organisations/administrations and/or those affected externally by their work. Current language regimes in some multilingual organisations no longer necessarily reflect the practices or needs of individuals who work within them. Moreover, there is demand for scientific data on ‘optimal’ language regimes for established and newly emerging multilingual organisations. For further developments in the field of LPP and for academics to be able to inform policy makers, concerted interdisciplinary collaboration is needed – not least the combined efforts of linguists, economists and political scientists.

This symposium will bring together some of the leading scholars in the field of LPP who work across a range of disciplines (education; economics; linguistics; politics) in order to discuss:

– the unique challenges faced by multilingual organisations working within different sectors (e.g. business; diplomacy; economics) and the challenges faced by researchers who work in these sites
– methods to investigate and model language regimes
– the identification and the evaluation of the socio-economic and political effects of alternative ways of managing multilingual communication adopted by public administrations and organisations (e.g. political representativeness, democratic participation, social exclusion)
– the current priorities for LPP research and its impact on policy makers working in multilingual organisations.

Open to All:

Deadline for registration 26/06/2017.


Confirmed Speakers:

– Helder de Schutter (KU Leuven) – Does English polycentricity in the EU reduce linguistic injustice?
– Jeremy Evas (School of Welsh, Cardiff University) – Automating Welsh Language Use? Increasing use of Minority Languages on Electronic Platforms.
– Jan Fidrmuc (Brunel University) – Foreign Language Skills and Ideological Orientation
– Michele Gazzola & Torsten Templin (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) – Quantitative Indicators for the Planning & Monitoring of Language Policies in Multilingual Organisations.
– Federico Gobbo (University of Amsterdam/Torino) – Non-Governmental Organizations using Esperanto: which kind of multilingualism?
– François Grin (University of Geneva) – The relevance of an economic perspective for the evaluation of language regimes: are there any economics in Switzerland’s language policy at the federal level?
– Peter Kraus (University of Augsburg) – Ligatures, options, and power: towards a political sociology of multilingualism in Europe
– Joseph Lacey (UCL & University of Oxford) – Secession, Devolution, Integration: When Language Matters
– Leigh Oakes (Queen Mary, University of London) – The Organisation internationale de la Francophonie and the question of pluricentric linguistic justice in the French-speaking world
– Sue Wright & Sarah Berthaud (University of Portsmouth) – Inclusion and exclusion in the European Parliament: the linguistic dimension

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