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A selection of the papers presented at this symposium has been published in a special issue of the European Journal of Language Policy (Vol. 3, no. 2).


EUNoM Symposium: Higher Education and Research on Multilingualism: Challenge or Opportunity?

18-19 November 2010, Ljouwert/Leeuwarden, the Netherlands

As part of the EUNoM project the Mercator Research Centre will organise a symposium on 18-19 November 2010, called “Higher Education and Research on Multilingualism: Challenge or Opportunity?”

The symposium programme will be arranged thematically, with three blocks of presentations, focussing on the following themes:

The multilingual university: language policy at the level of the institute (visibility within the university, relationship with the linguistic environment, internal and external communication, curriculum).

The contribution that universities in general and the EUNoM network in particular can make to the development the Council of Europe’s and the European Commission’s language policies, especially to the EC’s 8th Framework Programme.

The relation between the regional and the global level. What impact do higher education establishments have in engaging in research in order to help to change the self-image, and the perspectives of ‘minority’ language communities?

Several (keynote) papers will be presented and discussed. Our intention is to host (keynote) speakers from a range of regions and backgrounds such as the Research Centre on Intercultural Communication and Multilingualism in Ankara, Constantine the Philosopher University in Slovakia, Trinity College, Dublin, the Institute of Ethnic Studies in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and a representative of the Erasmushogeschool Brussels. The presentations will be followed by workshops that will allow for further discussion in smaller groups.

International and national experts and researchers in the field will attend the conference.

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Intended outcome:
Shared views on priorities for EC policy and on priorities in research.

With the support of the
Lifelong Learning Programme
of the European Union