LINGUIST List 26.4007

Thu Sep 10 2015

Confs: Anthropological Ling, Applied Ling, Discourse Analysis, Socioling/Hungary

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 09-Sep-2015
From: Tamás Eitler <>
Subject: Everyday Multilingualism, Sustainable Linguistic Diversity and Multin-Engagement
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Everyday Multilingualism, Sustainable Linguistic Diversity and Multin-Engagement

Date: 18-Sep-2015 - 19-Sep-2015
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Contact: Csilla Bartha
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

The closing conference of the Mercator LEARNMe project on EVERYDAY MULTILINGUALISM, SUSTAINABLE LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY AND MULTIN-ENGAGEMENT --Minority Language Research, Educational Practice and Policy. Revisiting Methodology, Learning and Established Concepts organised by the Mercator Network of Language Diversity Centres and the Research Centre for Multilingualism of the Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences,

will take place in Budapest on 18-19 September, 2015.

The main goal of the EU-funded Mercator project, LEARNMe (2012-2015) is to revisit European language diversity - which is in the process of radical transformation -with a completely unique, bottom-up approach: by profoundly engaging the affected communities themselves in this process, in order that policies and decisions can be made in response to the real and actual needs of these communities.

The Research Centre for Multilingualism (RCM) of the Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, alongside four other international partners, plays a major role in the above-mentioned project: thanks to its presence, the social issues specific to the Central-Eastern European region – particularly, discourses affecting highly disadvantaged groups, such as the Roma and the Deaf community come to the focus of the widest possible audience of experts and policy-makers. Also exemplary initiatives will be in the limelight, which turn our region and our country into a role model for other states. Both in its content and its methodological approaches, the conference aims to create a multidisciplinary platform for researchers, policy-makers, educators as well as media practitioners and experts which deals with the issues concerning the present and the future of minority communities and their languages in a framework with efficient permeability between the above-mentioned disciplines and from a completely new perspective: the representatives of the individual disciplines come to think together with the affected communities by being “tuned” to their position, interests and knowledge, in mutual engagement while learning with and from each other. Hence, the two-day conference provides an excellent opportunity for researchers, politicians, practitioners and the members of minority communities from Hungary, Central-Eastern Europe and the EU to meet and enter into a dialogue while focussing on the legal, language policy and media aspects of linguistic diversity along the lines of education, learning and access to knowledge in the broadest possible sense. By all this, the event aims to convey the message that the linguistic diversity of Europe can only then be sustained long term, if new perspectives and forms of knowledge and competence exchange are involved, and if in addition to political, legal, academic and educational experts, also the new roles of the affected communities as well the best practices of grassroot movements are drawn into it.

Besides the plenary and section presentations, roundtable discussions, workshops and other interactive programmes, the event will also host numerous video demonstrations, internet platforms, presentations of community engagement practice and a poster exhibition.

For more information, please visit our website at
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required.

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