English & Multilingualism in 21st Century Europe
International and Interdisciplinary Conference
11-13 June 2015
Iontas Building, Maynooth University, Co. Kildare, Ireland
The conference aims to tackle one of the most controversial and potentially impactful debates in contemporary Europe. English is growing rapidly within, and spreading across, an increasing number of societal domains. Such a development is impelled by actions taken by national and supranational decisions-makers, as well as global forces outside the control of any one state or union. Europe’s founding principle of respecting and fostering diversity and equality of cultures and language is being impinged by English’s growing role across European countries, creating a de facto linguistic hierarchy and consequently a potential cultural hierarchy. This conference aims to uncover and stimulate debate on the current state of affairs in Europe regarding English and the nurturing of multilingualism. By bringing together academics and practitioners from multiple linguistic and cultural backgrounds, it is envisaged that a current snapshot of English and multilingualism can be presented in addition to an exploration of the challenges, opportunities and controversies that such a situation brings with it.
We encourage researchers and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines and cultural perspectives to submit proposals for papers that speak to the current relationship between English and Multilingualism including, but not limited to, the following areas:
· Multilingualism, English and universities
· Global, national, regional and local language policy and planning
· The role of languages and 21st century economies
· Multilingualism: a European asset?
· Language usage in the EU of the 21st Century
· English & Intercultural teaching and learning
· Handling identity and difference
· Globalization and trans-national mobility
· Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)
· English as a lingua franca
· English as medium of instruction
Please note that submission of a proposal does not guarantee its acceptance. Proposers will be informed by 12 March 2015 whether their proposal has been accepted.
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