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Language Policy and Planning in Multilingual Organisations: Exploring Language Regimes

Starts 03 July 2017 - 09:30
Finishes 03 July 2017 - 17:00
Venue Malet Street
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The Department of Applied Linguistics & Communication & the Birkbeck Institute of Humanities

Birkbeck, University of London

Invite you to a symposium on

Language Policy and Planning in Multilingual Organisations:
Exploring Language Regimes

Monday July 3 2017



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


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 (Coray et al, 2015; Gazzola, 2016; McEntee-Atalianis, 2015; Turgeon & Gagnon, 2015). 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.

Confirmed Speakers:


1) Helder de Schutter (KU Leuven)
Presentation title: Does English polycentricity in the EU reduce linguistic injustice?

2) Jeremy Evas (School of Welsh, Cardiff University)
Presentation title: Automating Welsh Language Use? Increasing use of Minority Languages on Electronic Platforms.

3) Jan Fidrmuc (Brunel University)
Presentation title: Foreign Language Skills and Ideological Orientation

4) Michele Gazzola & Torsten Templin (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Presentation title: Quantitative Indicators for the Planning & Monitoring of Language Policies in Multilingual Organisations.


5) Federico Gobbo (University of Amsterdam/Torino)
Presentation title: Non-Governmental Organizations using Esperanto: which kind of multilingualism?

6) François Grin (University of Geneva)
Presentation title: 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?


7) Peter Kraus (University of Augsburg)
Presentation title: Ligatures, options, and power: towards a political sociology of multilingualism in Europe


8) Joseph Lacey (UCL & University of Oxford)
Presentation title: Secession, Devolution, Integration: When Language Matters


9) Leigh Oakes (Queen Mary, University of London)
Presentation title: The Organisation internationale de la Francophonie and the question of pluricentric linguistic justice in the French-speaking world


10) Sue Wright & Sarah Berthaud (University of Portsmouth)
Presentation title: Inclusion and exclusion in the European Parliament: the linguistic dimension


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