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Full Title: International Conference on Minority Languages

Short Title: ICML XVI
Location: Jyväskylä, Finland
Start Date: 28-Aug-2017 - 30-Aug-2017
Contact: Petteri Laihonen
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Meeting Description: The University of Jyväskylä Language Campus is pleased to organize the

16th International Conference on Minority Languages (ICML XVI) & 34th Summer School and Conference of Applied Language Studies

which will be held in Jyväskylä & Närpes, Finland August 28-30, 2017

Minority languages have long been used by different groups of social actors for identity and community building purposes, such as the symbolic, material, and political mobilisation of linguistic and cultural rights. Currently, under changing political, economic and cultural conditions around the world, minority languages are subject to multiple, overlapping and even contradictory discourses and practices of valuation and revaluation. The peripheral position of minority languages, as structured by nation-state logics, and the central role endowed to them in the political projects of various minority groups are now complexified by both the increasing economic value of minority languages as a resource of distinction and authenticity, and by the intensified mobility of languages and their speakers. Some of the consequences of this complexification result in re-evaluating relationship between minority and migrant languages and the trajectories of so-called “new speakers” of minority languages.

ICML XVI will address critical questions such as how minority languages are valued, by whom and under what conditions. The conference is open to researchers, students and stakeholders from across the multidisciplinary field of minority languages.

Academic Program:

In addition to the talks delivered by plenary speakers, the program will consist of panel discussions, paper and poster sessions, colloquia and workshops.

Talks by plenary speakers:

- Professor Helen Kelly Holmes (University of Limerick, Ireland)
- Professor Ingrid Piller (Macquarie University, Australia)
- Director Robert Adam (University College London, UK)
- Professor Sari Pöyhönen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)

There will be two invited panel discussions:

- Historical language minorities in Finland and in the neighboring countries;
- Immigration and integration in the Swedish speaking regions of Finland.

Pre- or post-conference workshops will be organized by plenary speakers.

Please visit the website for regular updates on ICML XIV.
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Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 28.410

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