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Thu Jul 19 2001

Confs: FEL V - Endangered Languages & the Media

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  1. Nicholas Ostler, FEL V - Endangered Languages and the Media

Message 1: FEL V - Endangered Languages and the Media

Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2001 23:50:32 +0100
From: Nicholas Ostler <>
Subject: FEL V - Endangered Languages and the Media

The Fifth FEL Conference
Agadir, Morocco: 20-23 September 2001

Among the most powerful instruments of the process we have come to 
know as globalization are the mass media. Through the written and 
spoken word, the world�s mass media, their ownership increasingly 
concentrated, exercise a strong influence on all but the very 
remotest of the world�s languages. And the pattern of use and control 
of the world�s press and broadcasting has shifted even faster than 
the shrinking of the world�s minority languages.

The venue for this year�s conference, our first outside the 
English-speaking world, is the coastal city of Agadir, Morocco. Our 
conference programme gives an opportunity to exchange ideas and 
experience on this challenging topic with people of diverse cultures 
and backgrounds, as well as to explore the city, the beaches 
(swimming possible until late autumn) and the hinterland. Situated on 
the Atlantic Ocean, within reach of the Sahara, Agadir and its 
surroundings are fascinating in terms of history, culture and nature 
(with unique bird reserves).

This conference welcomes everyone with an interest in and concern for 
the use of endangered and minority languages in the printed, 
broadcast and electronic media. We are inviting not only academic 
researchers in the fields of endangered languages and media studies, 
but also media professionals and practising journalists, and of 
course native speakers of endangered languages. With that in mind we 
are offering a 25% discount on the registration fee for journalists 
from any country who can produce proof of their status (journalists� 
union card, press card &c.) when registering for the conference.

What exactly is the relationship between the globalization of the 
media and increased pressure on minority languages? Is there a 
hopeful side, as the cost and technology bases of the media are 

The fifth international conference of the Foundation for Endangered 
Languages aims to pinpoint the processes and seek new tactics for 
coping with them: hoping, at the very least, to channel some of the 
power of the media for the good of small languages, and put forward 
tentative answers to many pending questions.

Hassan Ouzzate (Conference Chairman, Ibn Zohr University, Agadir, 
Morocco), Christopher Moseley (Conference Programme Chair), Nicholas 
Ostler (President, FEL), Nigel Birch (Secretary, FEL)

Programme committee:
Hassan Ouzzate, Nicholas Ostler, Christopher Moseley, Nigel Birch, 
Karen Johnson-Weiner, Davyth Hicks, Mahendra Verma, Alasdair 
MacCaluim, Louanna Furbee, Karl Teeter, Eugene McKendry, Paul Baker, 
Patrick Williamson

The venue for the conference and the accommodation is Hotel Aferni, 
Avenue General Kettani, Agadir, Morocco (tel. +212 48 84 07 30)

The programme includes presentations by over 25 speakers, drawn from 
every continent in the world.
A particular feature of FEL conferences is that there are no 
concurrent sessions, so that a common spirit is built up among all 
the participants. As a result, our conferences usually develop into 
rather touching occasions.

Thursday 20/9
Arrival & Registration 		Welcome dinner

Friday 21/9
Opening Session, Setting the Scene, including Keynote Address:
Power of the media for the good of small languages: an Indian 
experience of enriching diversity
Lachman Kubchandani, Centre for Communication Studies, Pune, India
Session Two: How the State Caters for Language Minorities
Session Three: Self-help: Grass-roots solutions for small languages

Saturday 22/9
Session Four: New Media: a place for small languages in Cyberspace
Open Forum: short presentations by other attendees
Foundation for Endangered Languages - Annual General Meeting
Video session: presented by attendees

Sunday 23/9
Session Five: Cementing the Community: Media as Carriers of Minority Traditions
Session Six: Language in the Ether: Across Political Boundaries
Closing session

The language of the conference will be English, but presentations and 
questions in French will be accepted. For other 
translation/interpretation requirements, please consult the 
Conference Chairman, Hassan Ouzzate <>.

In additional to the scheduled programme, the Foundation will be 
running an art exhibition and a book display; publishers are 
supplying books for sale.

A great variety of local excursions are available, and can be booked 
on arrival at hotel desk. Specifically, in the period September 
24-27, a programme of visits centering on Marrakech (a medieval 
walled city with an astonishing blend of old and new, and its 
surrounding wild High Atlas mountains, citadel of the 
Amazigh-speaking Berbers, may be organized for FEL members, 
travelling in hired mini-bus or cars. The extra cost for the 3 days 
(all inclusive) would be in the region of US $200 per person.

Options for access to Agadir from Morocco�s airports:

By order of priority:

1 - Agadir-Massira Airport:
About 40 kms from Agadir; best means of transfer to town : blue taxi, 
costs 200 Dhs (roughly $1=11 Dh; �1=16 Dh) whether single or shared. 
No booking; coming out of airport, hail next in the line. Just give 
hotel name to driver and sit back. Drive takes about 30 mns. Most 
planes, apart from charters, arrive in the evening; the latest from 
many European destinations via Casablanca arrives around 11 pm.

2 - Marrakech-Menara Airport
About 250 kms from Agadir. Best means of transfer to Agadir, or at 
any rate, the least complicated: cream or blue Taxi. Cost : 400 - 500 
Dhs (roughly $1=11 Dh; �1=16 Dh) whether single or shared. No 
booking; coming out of airport, hail next in the line. Drive takes 
about 4 hrs over the Atlas range.

3 - Casablanca Airport.
Over 500 kms away from Agadir -: air transit to Agadir is in practice 


We request booking by 5 AUGUST 2001, to guarantee accommodation under 
the low-cost conditions that we have negotiated. If you wish to 
arrange your own accommodation, please indicate this when 
registering, but please note that your advance REGISTRATION FEE IS 

Booking options & conditions:

Our venue, Hotel Aferni, is a 3-star hotel with swimming pool, 
central location, with meeting and dining facilities. Bookings to 
attend the conference, including accommodation at this hotel, can be 
made through FEL; the negotiated price per person per night is US $33 
in single or US $23 in double room. The total amount for the duration 
of the conference is therefore $99 in single room and $69 in double 
room of which $90 or $60 is to be paid directly to the hotel in 
Agadir, and $9 flat fee is included in the $50 paid up for 
registration. If you wish to arrange for accommodation yourself, 
please feel free to do so. But the advance registration fee remains 
$50 ($37.50 for concessions) � respectively UK 36 or 27 pounds.). 
Should you wish to stay on under the negotiated conditions after the 
conference, please book at reception desk as soon as possible during 
the conference.

The accommodation package includes:
	Half-board (breakfast + lunch or dinner)
	Breakfast: tea/coffee, bakeries, jam, butter, orange juice, 
egg (extras available).
	Lunch: three courses
	Drinks with meal: soft drinks/water
	Tea / coffee breaks + pastries

Registration entitles you to attend the conference, to receive a copy 
of its published Proceedings. Unless you attend as a journalist, you 
will need to be a current member of the Foundation when you attend 
the conference. Facilities for joining will be provided at the 
registration desk, or you can add $30 (concessions $20) to your 
registration for Virtual Membership in the current year. (These 
correspond to sterling payments of 20 or 12.50 pounds.) Otherwise see 
the FEL web page at for various membership options. 
Membership is free for citizens of countries with non-convertible 

Journalists are entitled to a 25% discount on the REGISTRATION FEE 
only. Full-time students and those receiving unemployment benefits 
are also entitled to the same discount, which brings their 
registration fee to $37.50 instead of the full $50.

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Fifth FEL Conference, Endangered Languages and the Media:
Agadir, Morocco 20-23 September 2001


Address for correspondence:

Telephone number:
Facsimile number:

If you are not attending as a speaker, would you wish to participate 
in the Open Forum? YES / NO
If YES, what would be the title of your presentation and would you 
require video or other equipment?


Hotel accommodation required: YES
If YES, type of package : SINGLE ROOM
Foundation Membership added: YES

Total enclosed:
[ ] Standard: 				$50 (36 pounds sterling)
[ ] Standard + Virtual Membership: 	$80 (46 pounds sterling)
[ ] Concession: 			$37.50 (27 pounds sterling)
[ ] Concession + Virtual membership: 	$57.50 (39.50 pounds sterling)

Payment Details

Please return this form to me Christopher Moseley, Treasurer, 
Foundation for Endangered Languages by 5 AUGUST 2001 along with 
proof of payment of your deposit to cover your registration for the 
conference. This includes a flat deposit of $9 on your room.

Payment options:

Credit cards (NOT American Express please) : details of

number ...................................................

owner�s name..............................................

expiry date...............................................

Bank transfer to the FEL bank account:
Account number 50073456, sorting code 08-90-02
16 St Stephen�s Street, Bristol BS1 1JR, England

Cheque, in UK sterling ( �1 = $1.40) made out to "Foundation for 
Endangered Languages" or (if drawn on a US bank) in US dollars made 
out to "Nicholas Ostler", sent to:

FEL Conference Treasurer, Christopher Moseley,
2 Wanbourne Lane, Nettlebed, Oxfordshire, England RG9 5AH, 
facsimile (+44 (or 0) 1491-641922), e-mail

If you do make a direct bank transfer, don�t forget to notify 
Christopher Moseley at the above contact address that you are doing 
so when registering.
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