LINGUIST List 32.613

Thu Feb 18 2021

Calls: Applied Ling, Socioling/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 18-Feb-2021
From: Giulia Isabella Grosso <>
Subject: II International Conference of the journal ''Scuola Democratica''
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Full Title: II International Conference of the journal Scuola Democratica

Date: 03-Jun-2021 - 05-Jun-2021
Location: Online, Italy
Contact Person: Giulia Isabella Grosso
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 04-Apr-2021

Meeting Description:

Promoters & partners: Scuola Democratica · Il Mulino · Centro Interuniversitario per la Ricerca Didattica (Università di Cagliari and Università di Sassari)

The second edition of the International Conference of the journal “Scuola Democratica” (the most important Italian journal about education) is devoted to the needs and prospects of Reinventing Education. The challenges posed by the contemporary world have long required a rethinking of educational concepts, policies and practices. The question about education ‘for what’ as well as ‘how’ and ‘for whom’ has become unavoidable and yet it largely remained elusive due to a tenacious attachment to the ideas and routines of the past which are now far off the radical transformations required of educational systems. Scenarios, reflections and practices fostering the possibility of change towards the reinvention of the educational field as a driver of more general and global changes are centerstage topics at the Conference and will have a multidisciplinary approach from experts from different disciplinary communities, including: sociology, pedagogy, psychology, economics, architecture, political science, etc.

Call for Papers:

We invite you to submit an abstract/paper for your presentation at the Panel session: LINGUISTIC PLURALISM AND MINORITIES IN A NEW GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE: EDUCATION AND LINGUISTIC POLICIES.

Nowadays, old and new minorities (which have arrived with the most recent migratory flows) share territories and community spaces, giving life to dynamic and complex multilingual realities. The Minority Languages (MLs) that characterize them have become the subject both of specific support and research programs within international organizations (e.g. UNESCO and the numerous EU projects dedicated to multilingualism and plurilingualism) and of legislative interventions promoted by public authorities at national and regional level.

Europe has paid increasing attention to languages in the processes of social integration, in particular for new generations: the recognition of linguistic diversity has given rise to a progressive institutionalization of MLs (historical, regional and new migration languages) in learning and teaching processes (Eurydice, 2019); pilot projects, networks of experts, and “best practices”, together with policy recommendations, have mobilized public and private actors around the idea of education as an important space for protecting and enhancing the identities and cultures of MLs. Since the experiences in the educational field of the last decades have produced very little results compared to those expected from the linguistic policies that guided them (see, for example, Iannàccaro 2010), the renewed interest of institutions on the cultural value of the integration of old and new minority groups in school and educational contexts represents an opportunity to finally achieve this objective.

Policies for the protection and promotion of the use of MLs open up a space of action possibilities that strongly depend on: the dynamics within the educational fields and the political will of its actors; disciplinary cultures and knowledge; didactic devices and existing teaching practices; the learning processes of language competences inside and
outside educational institutions; the relationship between educational institution and the social context in which they operate (see Marra, Dal Negro 2020). It is therefore necessary to rethink how the new political, social and cultural scenarios affect the historical link between the processes of linguistic socialization in the educational field, the relations of symbolic power and the dynamics of reorganization of cultural hegemony, both nationally and globally.
The aim of this panel is to initiate a reflection on linguistic policies in the educational field, in order to open a debate on the increasingly complex pluralism of languages and cultures in schools, an interesting issue about processes of global-local hybridization and the assembly of polices.

The panel intends to collect contributions from an interdisciplinary perspective, constituting a space for sharing linguistic, historical, sociological and pedagogical points of view.
The key topics are:
- linguistic rights and management of multilingualism at school;
- institutional pathways of linguistic policies in the educational context;
- linguistic policies in schools between global and local dimensions;
- linguistic minorities and school inequalities;
- minority language teaching and citizenship;
- the teaching of minority languages: researches, perspectives, disciplinary cultures;
- teachers and the use of minority languages in schools: representations and practices;
- linguistic minorities and education policies for foreign adults in different educational contexts;
- the training of teachers and minority languages;
- multi/plurilingual repertoires, multi/pluricultural realities and school contexts;
- minority groups and languages: linguistic attitudes, representations and identity in the school context.

ABSTRACTS/PAPERS should be submitted by April 4, 2021 (check Conference Dates and Deadlines). ABSTRACTS/PAPERS should be submitted via the pre-conference tool (

Please do not submit your ABSTRACT/PAPER by e-mailing it to the Convenor(s) of the Panel session you chose. Convenor(s) will receive submitted ABSTRACTS/PAPERS automatically from the pre-conference tool and they are going to reject ABSTRACT/PAPER submitted to their e-mail addresses.

Language for ABSTRACTS/PAPERS is English.


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